The Licentiate Course in Dogmatic Theology is designed to enable students to acquire a deep, systematic, and comprehensive knowledge of Dogmatic Theology. The meaning of the programme lies in the famous phrase by Bernard of Chartres: gigantium humeris insidentes (on the shoulders of giants), i.e. any scientific progress is built on previous traditions. Therefore, students will learn not only the teachings of the Giants of tradition, but also how to look beyond, discovering new implications for a New Evangelisation.
The second cycle is designed to enable students to reach a personal theological synthesis in their speciality, to acquire adequate knowledge of their focus area, to learn the scientific method of research, and to prepare for teaching.
Courses, seminars, workshops, customised tutoring, and other activities of the Faculty help students achieve this synthesis. The Licentiate thesis, which requires a thorough personal study, must be centred on one of the topics of the selected focus area.
The course is intended for priests, religious, seminarians, and lay people.