Programme of Study

A. The First Cycle

  1. The First Cycle is obligatory for all those who do not have a philosophico-theological preparation responding to the curriculum required by the Institute. This regulation also concerns those with an academic degree in jurisprudence obtained from civil universities.
  2. The First Cycle is not obligatory:
    (i)    for students who have completed the philosophico-theological studies foreseen in the Faculties of Theology for getting the degree of Baccalaureate.
    (ii)   For students who can produce documents showing they have already conveniently studied for a period equivalent to four semesters in a relevant Academic Institution (Faculty of Theology, Higher Institute of Religious Sciences) all the disciplines required for the First Cycle and have passed all the examinations (cf. Sapientia Christiana, Art. 77 1). These students are directly admitted to the Second Cycle (cf. Sapientia Christiana Ord. Art. 57 1).

 3. Objectives of the First Cycle are to:

(i)    study philosophical and theological disciplines necessary to acquire basic formation;

(ii)   study the institutions of Canon Law (cf. Apost. Const. Sapientia Christiana Art. 76; Ordinationes Artt. 56 and 57, Decree "Novo Codice").

4. Duration

The First Cycle, lasting two academic years (four semesters), is for those who do not have a philosophico-theological formation as well as for those who already hold an academic degree in civil law.

5. The completion of the curriculum foreseen for the two years of the First Cycle ds not permit the attainment of an academic degree, but is rather admission requirement to the Second Cycle.

B. Second Cycle

1.  Objectives

(i) To deepen students' knowledge in the canonical discipline and to introduce them into a process of specialization in order to acquire a mastery of the method of scientific research under the guidance of lecturers.

(ii) To train priests, religious and lay persons who will be engaged in a variety of juridical activities of the Church: future lecturers, counselors in the ecclesiastical government, operators in ecclesiastical tribunals, and pastoral agents for effective evangelization.

2. Duration

The Second Cycle programme consists of three academic years (six semesters) during which candidates are guided to a more profound and in-depth study of the entire Code of Canon Law through the complete treatment of its sources, either the Magisterial or disciplinary to which the study of the related disciplines is added.


C. Academic Degrees

(i)    When all examinations established for the First and Second Year of Licentiate are completed, the student may request to be awarded the degree of Baccalaureate in Canon Law.

(ii)   At the end of the curriculum established for three years, one is awarded the Academic Degree of Licentiate in Canon Law.

(i)    The Diploma programme in Canon Law is meant for those who do not intend to follow the entire Licentiate  syllabus, but prefer to concentrate on a few courses.

(ii)   The admission requirement is the completion of Secondary education with a mean grade allowing entry into a university in one's country.

(iii)  A curriculum of 14 courses shall be the requirement of the Diploma programme. This curriculum will be complemented by a Project of 10 000 to 16 000 words written by the candidate under the direction of a supervisor appointed from among lecturers of the Institute.

(iv)  The duration of the course will be one year (2 semesters).


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