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 students 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 students who have attained honours standard in their previous theological studies. Part-time students 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 Viva

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

Students select three reading courses from the list of courses on offer. Students
must take courses from at least two different Departments. 

Seminar Courses

Each student is required to take six Seminar Courses. 

Full time students usually take four courses 

Students take two reading courses from the Department of their specialisation. 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. 

Scriptum

Scriptum

Each student shall prepare a scriptum or minor 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. 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 student 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.
Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements.

Programme of Study

In Year One, students select 3 reading courses from the list of courses on offer. Students must take courses from at least two different Departments.

In Year Two students take two reading courses from the Department of their specialisation.

All reading courses are assessed by a three hour written exam.