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About Doctor of Theology at KU Leuven

This programme consists of the successful completion, submission and defence of the dissertation. Doctoral students must have completed their Doctoral Programme in Theology before beginning this phase of the doctoral process.

Prior to the public defence of the dissertation and with a view to providing evidence of the capacity to engage in independent theological research, doctoral candidates are obliged, in the context of the Doctoral Programme, to publish separate sections of their research work in the form of at least one international scholarly articles.

The evaluation and the public defence of the dissertation consist of the following steps:

  • Submission of the doctoral dissertation
  • Composition of the Reading Committee
  • Report by the Reading Committee
  • Evaluation by the Reading Committee
  • Appointment of the Jury and preparation of the public defence
  • The public defence

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Entry requirements

The academic degree of Doctor of Theology is granted after the public defense of the dissertation. The public defense is preceded by the evaluation of the dissertation by a Reading Committee.

Doctoral students who fulfill the following requirements may submit the manuscript of their doctoral dissertation to the Faculty's Doctoral Committee:

  • They have been holders of the academic degree of Research Master: Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion for at least two years, or were granted direct admission by the Faculty to the Doctoral Programme.
  • They have successfully completed the prescribed Doctoral Programme of the Faculty.
  • They have submitted their publications by means of LIRIAS.

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