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Course Duration/ ECTS6 semesters / 180 ECTS
University degreeDoktor/Doktorin der Theologie (Dr. theol.)
Admission Requirements
and Curriculum
· In order to be admitted to the doctoral programme in Catholic Theology,
applicants must hold a degree in Catholic Theology or a canonical licentiate in Catholic Theology.
· Curriculum
Language of instruction German Proof of language proficiency
Dates and Deadlines· The dates and deadlines change every semester.
· The current deadlines and dates can be found here.
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Faculty of Catholic Theology

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What will I learn?
Doctoral students in Catholic theology acquire detailed knowledge about scientific questions and research methods in their chosen field of specialization. Our doctoral students participate in an interdisciplinary discourse with the subjects of theology and other scientific disciplines. With their own original research, doctoral students contribute to the further development and learning of theological research.

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What makes Salzburg so special as a place to study?
Let’s face it: you can’t study any more beautifully than in Salzburg, and even more so at the Faculty of Theology in the heart of the old town. But that is by far not all! For it is a special concern of ours to offer our students a first-class place for academic education and personal development. We ensure this through • first-class education at the highest level • good studyability of our studies • not just training, but education: with a broad range of personal development programmes that go beyond specialist training • a familiar atmosphere on a manageable faculty • with an open and friendly atmosphere: with us you are not a number! • excellent supervision by committed teachers who are willing to get involved with you • an extremely lively student life • a wide range of opportunities for international study experiences and • a near job guarantee: graduates of our theological degree programmes are desperately sought after!

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Which career opportunities do I have?
Manifold occupations in the church and society: leading positions in ecclesiastical institutions, universities and adult education, academic/culture/human resource management, library work and publishing, media work, politics and political advice, environment protection and ethics advice, health care, interreligious dialogue, NGOs, etc.


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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Zerfaß
Head of the curriculum committee Theology

Universitätsplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 662 8044-2776

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