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PhD programme

 Catholic Theology 

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

publishing internationally

biblical theology

systematic theology and Christian philosophy

practical theology

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.


The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 May of each year.

Annual fee is 1700 EUR


Program Structure

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

  • Academic writing

  • Participation in research activities

  • Participation in academic activities

  • Latin, Greek, Hebrew (elective courses with respect to the dissertation thesis)

  • Christian philosophy

  • 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

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