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Doctoral Programme in Theology

The following theological subjects are included in the Doctoral Programme in Theology:

 

Special criteria for admission to the Doctoral Programme in Theology

In addition to the general criteria for admission to a doctoral programme at Åbo Akademi University, a grade of no less than magna cum laude approbatur on the preceding thesis (Master’s thesis or equivalent) is required. If your thesis is given a grade lower than magna cum laude approbatur, the proposed supervisor must submit a written recommendation on your behalf.

The research plan should be written according to the instructions in the supervision and study agreement. You will find the agreement form and further information at Apply for Doctoral Studies.

 

Study plan for the Doctoral Programme in Theology

The Doctoral degree (240 credits) includes:

  • Research studies (40 credits)
  • Doctoral dissertation (thesis) (200 credits)

If you choose to complete your Licentiate degree (120 credits), this includes:

  • Research studies (40 credits)
  • Licentiate thesis (80 credits)

A Doctoral degree taken after a Licentiate degree only includes a Doctoral dissertation (thesis) (120 credits).

In the supervision and study agreement, you must state the year in which you plan to complete your degree. The average length of time needed is 60 credits per academic year in full-time studies, amounting to 4 years in total. If you deviate from this schedule, you must provide an explanation for doing so.

 

Alternative studies for the Doctoral Programme in Theology

GROUP 1

A maximum of 20 credits may be earned in this group

  • Research seminars (max. 5 credits)
  • Supervision competence (Supervising a Master’s thesis) (1-3 credits)
  • Evaluation competence (Reviewing a Master’s thesis) (1-3 credits)
  • Other research related tasks (e.g. correction of the entrance examination) (1-2 credits)
GROUP 2

A maximum of 20 credits may be earned in this group

  • Academic teaching experience (own teaching) (credits in accordance with the scope of the course)
  • Presentation skills (conferences)
    • Presentation (4 credits)
    • Poster (2 credits)
    • Participation only (1 credit)
  • Scientific publishing (per review publications not included in the thesis)
    • Main author (6 credits)
    • Co-authors (2 credits)
    • Book reviews (2 credits)
GROUP 3

A maximum of 20 credits may be earned in this group

  • Scientific writing and subject specialisation (essay and report), number of credits at the discretion of the examiner
  • Subject specialisation (reading course), e.g. 2 credits for a maximum of 300 standard pages

 

Updated 8.8.2019