A four-year doctoral program
at the Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech republic.
“What fascinates me about theology is that it uses both centuries-old wisdom and cutting-edge research methods to understand contemporary challenges. It addresses pressing issues with firm hope in God.”
(Assoc. Prof. Dominik Opatrný, Guarantor of the Program)
The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 May of each year.
You can look forward to:
exploring divine teaching
learning to communicate the results of your work in English and another world language
conducting scholarly research under faculty supervision
submitting grant proposals
participating in international conferences
systematic theology and Christian philosophy
You can choose one of the following specializations:
Study training and research conducted from home
Flexible and individual approach
Competencies & Employment
After graduating from the study program, you will understand the research problems at the crossroads of several branches of Catholic theology.
You will be able to develop and evaluate the concepts, theories and methods of your selected specialization.
You will acquire new professional knowledge for your own creative activities in the selected specialization and for teaching in at least one foreign language.
Thanks to the canonical character of the study program (qualification framework according to Veritatis gaudium and evaluation AVEPRO), you will find employment in academic, research, administrative or pastoral positions within the entire Catholic Church (usually without the need for nostrification). You will also have the ability to participate in basic and applied research at all types of academic institutions and universities in theology and related fields, teach at secondary schools, work in charitable organizations, liturgical commissions, in catechetical formation, in state administration bodies and in non-profit organizations. Finally, you will be able to work in the academic sphere and teach at universities worldwide.
Your studies will follow an individual study plan that will be drawn up in collaboration with your supervisor. The curriculum consists of a combination of compulsory and elective courses.
The list of courses includes the following:
Specialization in biblical, systematic, or practical theology
Participation in research activities
Participation in academic activities
Latin, Greek, Hebrew (elective courses with respect to the dissertation thesis)
Early church theology
Church history (elective courses)
passing a foreign language exam
completing part of your studies abroad / participating in an international project
writing a review for a peer-reviewed journal
preparing eight topics for the state doctoral exam (they must not overlap with the content of the dissertation)
preparing and defending a licentiate thesis (it may consist of part of the dissertation)
writing a dissertation of at least 120 pages - it must contain original and published results or results accepted for publication