Licentiate in Divinity

The Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatus) is a pivotal postgraduate degree in the Pontifical University, as the STL qualifies candidates to teach theology in a major seminary, and in the canonical programmes of a Roman Catholic university. The Pontifical University awards the Licentiate in Fundamental Theology, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Sacred Scripture, Sacred Liturgy, and in Philosophy (LPh or PhL)

Postgraduate - Full Time
2 Years
Application Deadline:
15th June 2018
Late applications considered on a case by case basis
Course Start Date:
September 2018
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Introduction

The Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatus) is a pivotal postgraduate degree in the Pontifical University, as the STL qualifies candidates to teach theology in a major seminary, and in the canonical programmes of a Roman Catholic university. The Pontifical University awards the Licentiate in Fundamental Theology, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Sacred Scripture, Sacred Liturgy, and in Philosophy (LPh or PhL)

Description

Since the STL qualifies candidates to teach theology as described above, it provides both the necessary skills and knowledge to permit candidates to acquire mastery in their field of interest, and offers a demanding cycle of seminars and reading courses that ensure a rigorous grounding in a particular theological discipline.

The programme takes at least 4 semesters, during the final two semesters of which the candidate undertakes a dissertation, which is examined viva voce.

To obtain the Licentiate in Divinity (STL), two years' full time specialised study is required. The course and degree are designed for candidates who have attained honours standard in their previous theological studies. Part-time candidates may, with the approval of the Director, take the course over three or four years.


Assessment

  • Reading Course examinations
  • Seminar Course assignments
  • The Scriptum and its Viva Voce examination

Career Outcomes


The STL degree is suggested for lay, clergy and religious to further theological expertise for service in official capacities in religious communities and dioceses, and for teaching in higher education, diocesan schools and seminaries. Officially, it "is the academic degree which enables one to teach in a major seminary or equivalent school." It also serves as a preparation for doctoral work.

Course Structure

Reading Courses

Candidates select three reading courses from the list of courses on offer. Candidates must take courses from at least two different theological disciplines.

Reading Courses are assigned the code RC:
Postgraduate Modules 2018-2019

Reading Courses are to convene at least once per month during the academic year (i.e., at least 7 meetings). Reading Courses are to be assessed by a variety of means: two end-of-year papers and a formal seminar presentation. Each paper is to be of 5000 words. The formal seminar presentation may form the basis for one of the papers. The STL Programme Director, in consultation with those offering the suite of reading courses, is to ensure variety and balance in the means of assessment.


Seminar Courses

Each candidate is required to take six seminar courses in total.
In year 1, full-time candidates usually take four seminar courses.

Click here for the full list of seminar courses:
Postgraduate Modules 2018-2019

Please note that the courses Research in Theology: PG464 Historical and Methodological Approaches and PG442 The Soul of Theology are obligatory

Part-time candidates agree an initial schedule of seminar courses with the Programme Director.

Seminar courses are normally assessed by assignment(s) of c.7,000 words. Variations may be approved by the Director in consultation with the Postgraduate Board.


Reading Courses

Candidates take two reading courses in the theological discipline of their specialization.

Postgraduate Modules 2018-2019

Reading Courses are to convene at least once per month during the academic year (i.e., at least 7 meetings). Reading Courses are to be assessed by a variety of means: two end-of-year papers and a formal seminar presentation. Each paper is to be of 5000 words. The formal seminar presentation may form the basis for one of the papers. The STL Programme Director, in consultation with those offering the suite of reading courses, is to ensure variety and balance in the means of assessment.

Seminar Courses

Full-time candidates usually take two courses in year two.

Click here for the full list of seminar courses: Postgraduate Modules 2018-2019

Please note that the courses Research in Theology: PG464 Historical and Methodological Approaches and PG442 The Soul of Theology are obligatory

Part-time candidates agree an initial schedule of seminar courses with the Programme Director.

Seminar courses are normally assessed by assignment(s) of c.7,000 words. Variations may be approved by the Director in consultation with the Postgraduate Board.

Scriptum

Each candidate shall prepare a scriptum or dissertation under the direction of a member of the Faculty, on a topic approved by the Faculty. The scriptum shall be between 25,000 and 30,000 words in length, inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of bibliography and appendices.

The scriptum will be assessed in a 30-minute viva voce examination. The examiners shall be the Director of the scriptum, an internal reader, and an external reader appointed by the Faculty.

Application Requirements

  • In order to register for courses leading to the degree of Licentiate in Divinity, a candidate must hold at least a Baccalaureate in Divinity, second honours, Grade II (cum laude) or what in the judgement of the Faculty is regarded as an equivalent standard of theological study.
  • A basic knowledge of Greek and Hebrew is required and an appropriate knowledge of two modern languages.
  • Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements.