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Course Duration / ECTS6 semesters / 180 ECTS
University degree Doktor/Doktorin der Theologie (Dr. theol.)
Faculty Faculty of Catholic Theology
Department Theology
ModeFull time
Study ID
796 100
Admission Requirements 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.

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.

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.

Why Salzburg?

Located in the centre of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Salzburg offers you an academic locus which meets the global challenges of modern life. With the ‘Fakultätsschwerpunkt’ “Theologie interkulturell und Studium der Religionen” (Intercultural Theology and Religious Studies) we focus on different cultural and religious contexts and examine the meaning of faith for the modern post-secular society. Our students’ contentment lies close to our faculty’s heart. Small courses, regular individual support and a personal atmosphere contribute to our doctoral students’ well-being. 

How is the course structured?

Catholic Theology Doctoral Programme
Specialization in the field of dissertation24 ECTS
Second subject12 ECTS
Academic extra performances14 ECTS
Dissertation120 ECTS
Oral examination10 ECTS
Total180 ECTS


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Zerfaß

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

Universitätsplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg
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