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Third Cycle - Ordinary Doctorate of the Faculty of Canon Law

Dean Fr. Yuji Sugawara, SJ

Admission Criteria

  • Licence’s Degree in Canon Law
  • Global licence’s score: 8,6-10
  • Licence’s Thesis score: 8,6-10
  • Knowledge of Italian and Latin languages
  • The Dean of the Faculty will choose additional courses for those students who have obtained a Licence’s Degree in Canon Law in different Faculties or Institutes of Canon Law, if their formation is considered not complete


Normally at least three years (six semesters). In any case, the necessary time to produce a research giving an original scientific contribution.


Not specified.

Learning outcomes

The Third Cycle is dedicated to the preparation of the dissertation. During the first year of the ordinary curriculum (cursus ad doctoratum) a Latin language and two optional courses are mandatory. Special courses or exercitations may be considered necessary or useful to perfect the canonistical formation required for scientific research and the writing of the dissertation, Can be provided.

Beside knowledge of their native language, Latin (IV level), and obviously Italian, students are required to have knowledge of at least two modern languages, one neo-latin and the other either English or German, in order to have a clear understanding of the subjects they read.

In the formation of doctoral candidates, the Faculty pursues the aim to educate qualified canonists, in the field of the studies, the teaching and the use of canon law following the tradition of the Church and to fulfil particular functions, necessary to the life of the Universal Church as well as the Particular local Churches.

Criteria for the elaboration of the final degree

Mandatory and optional courses of Cursus ad doctoratum: 10%

Dissertation Defence: 15%

Doctoral Dissertation: 75%

For more information please consult the Third Cycle Norms: Qualification Framework To consult the Third Cycle Norms