III Cycle or Advanced Course of Patristic
Requirements for admission
This category of students should is required to have 80 ECTS: 40 ECTS for courses and other academic activities = 20 old credits and 40 ECTS for the written thesis and its defence.
Students coming from a non-patristic theological License
Anyone arriving at the Doctorate Cycle with a non-patristic specialisation License may sign up providing he demonstrates a knowledge of Latin and Greek and of the ancient Graeco-Roman world by a qualifying exam, or else having followed the propaedeutic courses and passed the examinations foreseen by such courses.
This second category of students needs to have 120 ECTS: 80 ECTS for courses and other academic activities = 40 old credits and 40 ECTS for the written thesis and its defence.
Other requirements and obligations
After following perfecting courses in patristic specialisation, a doctorate is granted to anyone publicly defending a special written work and publishing it. This work should ideally lead to new breakthroughs in patristic research.
Besides knowledge of the classic languages and of Italian, anyone working for a doctorate is required to have a knowledge of the three following languages: English, French and German. Anyone who has not yet followed a course in methodology is bound to attend, without obtaining credits, the course in Methodology and patristic philology (*PL406).
After following the perfecting courses in patristic specialisation, a doctorate is granted to anyone publicly defending a special written work and publishing it. This work should lead to the breaking of new ground in patristic research.
Procedure and rules for the doctoral Thesis
1. After an initial agreement with the teacher Moderator, the candidate will hand in to the General Secretariat a form (to be collected from this same Secretariat) and a general presentation of the subject of the thesis (running to about 10 pages, these should give a description of the research work, methodology planned, outline of the thesis, and essential bibliography in chronological order). The material handed in will be submitted to the Commission for approval of the doctoral theses, and be assessed with a view to such approval. The Headmaster and professors on the above Commission also have the task of appointing the first Rapporteur on the thesis.
2. Following approval and the appointment of the first Rapporteur, the candidate may begin his research. If the title or subject have not been utilised, after 5 years it may be taken over by other students.
The candidate is bound to maintain frequent contacts with the moderator and the first rappporteur on the thesis, so that development on the research work is followed constantly as it takes place. The research text should consist of at least 150 pages (excluding indexes and bibliography). The text should be drafted bearing in mind the Publishing regulations for the Studia Ephemeriidis ‘Augustianum’ series, Sussidi Patristici and the ‘Augustinianum’ review.
3. Two months prior to the date of public defence, the thesis, printed and bound, must have been deposited in 6 copies with the Secretariat.
After the thesis has been handed in to the Secretariat, the Headmaster will appoint the second Rapporteur, who in the public discussion will form part of the Commission examining the thesis.
4. The Headmaster, after hearing the Moderator and two Rapporteurs, for any serious reasons, may convene a pre-discussion (not public)of the thesis, for the purpose of giving appropriate advice to the candidate with a view to the public defence.
5. The title of Doctor will be granted to anyone who, after public defence of the thesis and having revised it in line with the indications of the Moderator and the Rapporteurs, then proceeds to its publication.
6. In order to publish the thesis it is necessary to obtain the nihil obstat in writingof the Moderator and the Rapporteurs, accordingly the three teachers should undersign the special form to be collected from the Secretariat.
This form, signed by the three professors, will be forwarded by the Secretariat to the Pontifical Lateran University to obtain the imprimatur by the Magnificent Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University.
The student should include in the published text of the thesis, in the usual ways, the nihil obstat of the Moderator and of the Rapporteurs and the imprimatur of the Magnificent Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University.
After which the student should have copies of the research work printed, sending the Secretariat of the Institute at least 25 copies.
7. To grant the title Doctorate, it is sufficient to print even only part of the text of the thesis, in which case the frontispiece should feature in place of the words Dissertatio ad Doctoram in theologia et Scientiis patristicis these other words Excerpta ex Dissertatione ad Doctoratum, in Theologia et Scientiis patristicis.
The Excerpta consist of at least 64 pages of text. These should comprise an introduction, several selected chapters, bibliography of the whole thesis, complete index of the whole thesis and index of the excerpt (further details may be required by the General Secretariat).
8. The thesis, integrally or in excerpt, should be published within ten years from the defence.
Students coming from a non-theological ecclesiastical License
After obtaining the degree of License in Patristic Sciences, the student may access the perfecting course in patristic specialisation, as in the case of the Doctorate in Theology and Patristic Sciences, with 120 ECTS (80 ECTS for courses and other academic activities = 40 old credits and 40 ECTS for the written thesis and its defence).
Students coming from a civil specialist Degree
Anyone already in possession of a second cycle Specialist degree or civic degree equivalent to an ecclesiastic License in history, letters or philosophy may have access to the Doctorate in Patristic Sciences.
Anyone accessing the study of Patristics with such a License of specialisation should complete 120 ECTS (80 ECTS for courses and other academic activities = 40 old credits and 40 ECTS for the written thesis and its defence), having meanwhile demonstrated a knowledge of Latin and Greek based on the qualifying exam, or else after following the propaedeutic courses and passing the examinations foreseen by such courses.
The requirements and structure of the thesis for a Doctorate in Patristic Sciences are the same as those listed for the Doctorate in Theology and Patristic Sciences.
All the those earning a doctorate who have not followed a course in methodology are bound to attend, without obtaining credits, a course in Methodology and patristic philology (+PL406).