Doctoral Programme in Catholic Theology

 

Faculty School of Catholic Theology
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Doktorin/Doktor der Theologie (Dr.theol.)
Qualification Level
Doctorate (Third Cycle)
ISCED-F 0221 Religion and Theology
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code 
C 780 xxx | C 796 100 xxx
Curriculum
Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Admission Requirements
Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent
Application


* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at: http://orawww.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 scheme
 Definition
 %-age
      
 1  EXCELLENT:
 Outstanding performance
70,1
= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
20,6
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
7,1
 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
2,2
 5  INSUFFICIENT:
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
     

Source: Academic year 2016/2017


Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded, in accordance with § 73 Para 3 UA, only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Requirements

Relevant master's or diploma degrees at the University of Innsbruck:


Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the doctoral programme Catholic Theology requires a university (diploma or) master's degree in a thematically relevant field. Master's or diploma degrees awarded by universities of applied sciences ("Fachhochschulen") are considered on an individual basis.

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the doctoral degree programme.

Modules and Dissertation

Compulsory Modules
60 ECTS-Credits
Dissertation
120 ECTS-Credits

Specialization in the Subject of the Doctoral Thesis I
12 ECTS-Credits

Theory of Knowledge and Sciences and Didactics of Sciences
15 ECTS-Credits

Supervision of Scientific Projects
4 ECTS-Credits

Specialization in the Subject of the Doctoral Thesis II
6 ECTS-Credits

Specialization in the Immediate Subject of the Doctoral Thesis
10 ECTS-Credits

Extension in a Further Subject
8 ECTS-Credits

Doctoral Thesis Defense
5 ECTS-Credits

The dissertation is an academic thesis which – in contrast to a diploma or master‘s thesis – serves to prove the student's ability to cope with scientific questions in an independent way.

The dissertation agreement defines the subject area from which the dissertation topic is to be chosen, the dissertation topic, and one more subject area. Subject areas are: Philosophy, Old Testament studies, New Testament studies, Church History and Patrology, Dogmatic Theology, Ecumenical Theology, Fundamental Theology, Religious Studies, Moral Theology, Christian Social Ethics, Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology, Pastoral Theology, Canon Law, Catechetics and Religious Pedagogy.

The student has to propose a team of supervisors, consisting of at least two people (dissertation committee), and to nominate one of them as the main supervisor. It is permissible to also propose supervisors (with the exception of the main supervisor) from subject-related fields.

Prior to beginning the work, the student has to communicate the dissertation topic and names of the supervisors in writing to the Director of Studies. Topic and supervisors are considered as accepted, unless the Director of Studies vetoes them by means of a decree within one month after the receipt of the proposal.

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Doctoral Programme in Catholic Theology enables graduates to pursue independent, creative scientific work, which is documented by the dissertation as an independent piece of research achievement.

The programme is integrated into the school research centers or other research projects so that it leads to professional reflection on current questions of theology, carried out in interdisciplinary cooperation with different fields of theology and in dialogue with other sciences.

The Doctoral Programme in Catholic Theology aims at achieving the following key qualifications:

  • competence to conduct independent theological research;
  • specialized knowledge in the field of the dissertation and one additional subject;
  • integration of this knowledge into the overall context of theology;
  • independent development of theological concepts and hypotheses;
  • competence in the theory and didactics of science;
  • skills of self-organized learning, of professional discussion on expert level, and of interdisciplinary dialogue;
  • competence to present one's research results and knowledge in academic and non-academic contexts;
  • competence to reflect on the relevance of the academic theological discourse for the life of church and society;
  • development of an academic theological capability of discernment through the integration of the knowledge gained into one's personality.

Expected Learning Outcomes for the Doctorate

Graduates are qualified junior scientists. They are proficient in the methods used in research in the field of their respective subject of disseration and are able to discuss and analyze such methods critically and to participate in their further development. Junior scientists have the expertise to independently develop and conduct substantial research projects and are qualified to reflect on these processes from the perspective of scientific theory.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Doctoral Programme in Catholic Theology qualifies graduates to teach at universities and other academic institutions and forms highly qualified scientists for academic careers or important positions in church and society. It promotes advanced competence in the history and theory of science with respect to the chosen theological subjects and enhances the students' political sensitivity for the role and significance of theology in ecclesial, academic and social contexts.

Interview with a graduate: Dr. Juliana Troy, 2013 (year of graduation)
"People who do not have solid knowledge of theology and have not reflected upon and tested their 'own' theology will have a difficult time doing theology with others."
To the interview

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Universitätsstraße 15 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Dean of Studies
assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Nikolaus Wandinger

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