II Cycle or course of specialization

1. License in Theology and Patristic Sciences

After passing all the courses prescribed, the License in Theology and Patristic Sciences is obtained, with the drafting of a written work and a comprehensive oral examination to be sustained in the presence of at least three professors. 120 ECTS: 96 ETCS for courses and other academic activities and 24 ETCS for the written thesis and its defense.

The comprehensive License examination has a twofold purpose:

  • to assess the student’s ability to carry our a scientific research;
  • to decide how the pupil could have used what he had learned from the general and monographic courses in an organic synthesis of patrology.

For this purpose, the written examination lasting one hour, includes a discussion of the mini-thesis (20 mins) and questions by the professors on other themes in the programme to which the student should reply succinctly but adequately (20 mins).

Preparation for the comprehensive License examination should not be concentrated on the last few weeks preceding the session, but be spread over the entire study course. 

The mini-thesis, aimed at showing the student’s capacity for scientific research, will consist of at least 60 pages interlinea 1.5 and font size 12. The text should be written bearing in mind the Publishing regulations for the Ephemeridis ‘Augustinianum Study series, Patristical Aids and the ‘Augustinianum’ review.

One month prior to the date of the public discussion, the thesis – printed and bound – should have been deposited in six copies with the Secretariat.

 


 
2. License in Patristic Sciences

The Augustinianum may award an academic degree of License in Patristic Sciences for students not possessing any specific theological preparation.

Requirements:

In order to be admitted as ordinary students to the biennium of License in Patristic Sciences the following is required:

  • An adequate theological preparation (this will be assessed in each individual case on the basis of a talk)
  • A degree (specialistic, second cycle, teaching), or a civic academic degree equivalent to an ecclesiastic License in history, letters or philosophy.
  • Knowledge of Latin and Greek and of the ancient Graeco-Roman world.
  • Knowledge of Italian and a further two modern languages from the following: English, German, French.

Structure:

The License in Patristic Sciences is obtained after passing the examinations in all the courses prescribed, with the drafting of a written work and a comprehensive oral examination to be sustained in the presence of at least three professors. 120 ECTS: 100 ETCS for courses and other academic activities (48 old credits) and 20 ETCS for the written thesis and its defence.

For the comprehensive oral examination, the procedures for obtaining the academic degree of License in Theology and Patristic Sciences hold good.

One month prior to the date of the public defence, the thesis – printed and bound - must have been deposited in six copies with the Secretariat.
 

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