Study programme description

Scientific/artistic area Humanistic area, field Theology
Academic degree Master of Arts in Theology
Name Integrated Graduate Philosophical-Theological Studies
Issuing institution Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Split, CROATIA
Duration Five-year study programme with 10 semesters. Each semester consists of 15 weeks of class, and each week has in average 25 hours of lectures and exercises and a time required for the writing of seminar essays. Annual workload of students is 1800 working hours.
Minimal number of ECTS credits required for study completion 300
Enrollment requirements and classification procedure
  • Taking of the National examination.
  • Those who were not taught religious education at the secondary school level are required to pass test. 
  • Scored a sufficient number of points in motivational interviewing.
  • Classification procedure is required only for those priesthood candidates older than 24 years. 
Learning outcomes of the study programme Critical evaluation and creative presentation of the main courses and representatives of the philosophical thought from its beginnings up to the present. - Synthesize and individually assess different ethical and anthropological theories. - Evaluate systematic philosophical approaches to God and the world.  - Master basic Biblical Greek and Hebrew language and assess their importance for the interpretation of the content, origin and theological message conveyed by the Biblical texts.
- Integrate and valorise basic methods for the interpretation of the Holy Scripture - Provide arguments for Christian interpretation of general and personal history commencing from God's Revelation in Jesus Christ. - Theologically valorise cognition on God. - Analyse and integrate fundamental Biblical, traditional and theological sources of the Christian image of the Trinity. - Connect basic concepts of Christology, Soteriology and Pneumatology. - Provide arguments for hierarchical constitution of the Church and evaluate the role and a mission of the lay faithful within the context of the mystery of Church and development of Ecclesiology. - Argue on similarities and differences between the Christian anthropology and anthropology of other religions in the question-answer form. - Determine and describe the relationship between theology of creation, ancestral sin and mercy. - Elaborate on the basics in Sacramentology and present the sacraments of initiation, healing and the sacraments at the service of communion. - Compare relationship between reason and faith in Christianity and other world religions. - Support and argumentatively justify fundamental dogmatic dicta and documents on the Church doctrine in the matters of faith. - Present, interpret and critically assess life, works, pastoral-catechetic contribution and methods of the most important  Eastern and Western Christian writers-theologians from the Apostolic period up to the Middle age. - Justify basic principles of Christian moral theology. - Evaluate theological and moral virtues, Christian doctrine on sexuality, marriage and family. - Assess ethical and moral behaviour. - Demonstrate main bioethical issues and important themes regarding the social doctrine of the Church. - Formulate fundamental principles and stages of spiritual life growth based on Christian mysticism. - Evaluate methods of pastoral theology and a role of parish commuity within local Church. - Design pastoral programmes and a synodal work in pastoral. - Assess sacramental practice. - Organize and conduct complex evangelisation process of sacramental pastorals within the aspect of marriage, family and ecclesial movements. - Evaluate religious life at the Church and social level. - Evaluate and critically assess theological meaning, ritual and symbolic aspect of the sacraments. - Identify motives and reasons, causes and effects of the origin and development of liturgical rituals. - Sing Gregorian antiphons, conceptualize spiritual concerts in sacred spaces and arrange singing in liturgy. - Critically evaluate historical development of the Church from its beginnings up to the contemporary age. - Assess the relationship between the Church and the world leaders throughout history and today. - Analyse the importance of the Church Councils for the development of the Church doctrine, influence of heresies and relationship between the Church and culture.
- Present general norms of the Canon law, role of the consecrated Church service and guidelines on God's people activity.  - Identify motives and reasons, causes and effects of division in Christianity. - Evaluate the  importance of ecumenical movement for the unity of Christ's Church. - Justify the multiple forms of Christian life and valorize the Catholic principles of ecumenism. - Identify and distinguish basic aspects of psychological processes and their influence on human behaviour. - Manage the process of religious education delivery. - Design basic contents, objectives and assignments of catechesis and implementation of religious education and catechesis in a parish community. - Collaboration and cooperative work in a parish pastoral council and a class council.  - Individual planning, programming and delivery of religious education, religious upbringing and catechesis of all age groups. - Assume personal and collective responsibility for a successful delivery of religious upbringing, catechesis and religious education.  - Cooperation with parents related to religious upbringing and religious-pedagogical issues.  
Employment possibility The acquired knowledge and competences enable students to engage in scientific-research work in the field of theology and humanistic and social sciences. The study of theology trains the students for specific ecclesiastical vocation concerning ministerial pastoral work (deaconry, presbyterate, bishops) and for professional vocation including the lay pastoral work at educational, social, cultural and caritative level.  Employment opportunities are feasible within education institutions through delivery of religious education and catechetic work in the community of the faithful. Possibility of work which includes various forms of spiritual assistance, Catholic missions abroad, and broader cultural activity: theological review of translations and publishing, mass media and Church administration.
Possibility for progression to higher level study Upon the completion of the fifth year of the study, according to Church regulations (Code of the Canon law 1032 § 2, the Congregation for the Catholic education, Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis, 19/3/1985, No. 63, the Congregation for the clergy, Directory on the the ministry and life of priests, KS, Zagreb 2013, No. 100, Croatian bishops' conference  Formation of priesthood candidates. Principles and guidelines, (1 October 2012.) priesthood candidates are required to enrol and complete the sixth, so called pastoral year. Accordingly, the Faculty organizes and delivers teaching in the pastoral year. Students may enrol in postgraduate specialist and postgraduate university doctoral studies after completing the fifth year.  

Winter semester

A. Domazet Introduction to the Mystery of Christ and  the History of Salvation / KBF101 / 30 hours / 3 ects /
 I. Tadić
A. Akrap
History of Philosophy – Ancient and Middle Age / KBF102 / 75 hours / 5 ects /
J. Dukić
Ž. Tolić
The Church History of the Ancient  World and the Middle Age / KBF103 / 75 hours / 6 ects /
I. Kešina Ethics / KBF104 / 45 hours / 4 etcs /
I. Tadić Cosmology / KBF105 / 30 hours / 3 ects /
I. Tadić
B. Vidović
General Psychology / KBF106 / 45 hours / 4 ects /
D. Runje Methodology of Scientific Work / KBF107 / 30 hours / 2 ects /
I. Kešina
J. Hrgović
Latin Language I.* / Elective course / KBF108 / 30 hours  / 3 ects /

Summer semester

I. Kešina
A. Vučković
History of Modern and Contemporary  philosophy / KBF121 / 75 hours / 6 ects /
 I. Kešina
J.Hrgović
Latin Language II. /KBF122  / 30 hours / 3 ects /
A. Vučković
A. Akrap
Logic / KBF123 / 45 hours / 4 ects /
Š. Marović Church History of the New and  Contemporary Age / "KBF124 / 30 hours / 2 ects /
J. Dukić
Ž. Tolić
Church History of the New and  Contemporary Age / KBF125 / 60 hours  / 6 ects /
M. Vugdelija
M. Odrljin
General Introduction to the Study of the  Holy Scripture / KBF126 / 30 hours /3 ects /
  Elective course** / 30 hours /3 ects /
  Elective course / 30 hours /3 ects /
 

* Latin language I – to be enrolled only by students lacking Latin instruction in secondary school, and others enrol an elective course in order to acquisit ECTS credits (in total 30).

** Student enrols elective course or other course including additional written work required.Written work is eqivalent to 3 ECTS credits. During the study, it is possible to make four such works (12 ECTS credits out of total number of credits allocated for elective courses). Written work should have at least 15 standard author pages and should be written in accordance with scientific methods.

Winter semestar

I. Kešina Philosophical Anthropology / KBF201 / 45 hours / 4 ects /
A. Vučković Ontology* / KBF203 / 45 hours / 5 ects /
I. Bodrožić Patrology / KBF204 / 60 hours / 6 ects /
M. Parlov History of Dogmas / KBF205 / 30 hours / 3 etcs /
M. Vugdelija Hebrew Langugage I / KBF206 / 30 hours / 3 ects /
Š. Marović Introduction to Gregorian Chant / KBF207 / 30 hours / 3 ects /
  Elective course / 30 hours / 3 ects /
  Elective course / 30 hours  / 3 ects /

Summer semester

J. Mužić
B. Vidović
Psychology of Religion / KBF202 / 45 hours / 3 ects /
I. Tadić Theodicy* / KBF221 / 60 hours / 5 ects /
N. Bižaca World Religions / KBF224 / 30 hours / 3 ects /
M. Vidović Biblical Greek Language / KBF226 / 30 hours / 3 etcs /
M. Vugdelija
M. Odrljin
Introduction and Exegesis of the Old  Testament -
Prophetic and Wisdom  Literature / KBF321 / 45 hours / 5 ects /
  Elective course / 30 hours / 3 ects /
  Elective course  / 30 hours / 3 ects /
  Seminar 30 hours / 5 ects /

* Student enrolls elective course or other course including additional written work marked by asterisk (*). This written work is equivalent to 3 ECTS credits. During the study it is possible to make four such works (12 credits from the total number of credits allocated for elective courses). Written work shold have at least 15 standard author pages and should be written in accordance with scientific methods.

Winter semester

A. Domazet Christian Revelation / KBF301 / 75 hours / 7 ects /
N. Bižaca The Mystery of the Triune God* / KBF302 / 45 hours / 5 ects /
L. Tomašević Fundamental Moral Theology / KBF303 / 75 hours / 6 ects /
M. Vugdelija
M. Odrljin
Introduction to Exegesis of the Old  Testament - the Pentateuch and Historical  Books / KBF304 / 45 hours / 4 etcs /
M. Vidović Biblical Theology of the Old Testament / KBF305 / 30 hours / 2 ects /
  Elective course / 30 hours  / 3 ects /
  Elective course / 30 hours / 3 ects /
   

Summer semester

I. Žižić
D. Volarević
Liturgics/ KBF222 / 75 hours / 7 ects /
J. Garmaz Catechetics / KBF223 / 45 hours / 5 ects /
A. Domazet
E. Punda
The Church of Christ - Ecclesiology / KBF322 / 75 hours / 6 ects /
L. Tomašević Divine Worship and Moral virtues / KBF323 / 45 hours / 4 etcs /
D. Moro Ecumenical Theology / KBF324 / 30 hours / 2 ects /
  Seminar / 30 hours  / 5 ects /
  Elective course / 30 hours / 3 ects /
   

 * Student enrolls elective course or other course including additional written work marked by asterisk (*). This written work is equivalent to 3 ECTS credits. During the study it is possible to make four such works (12 credits from the total number of credits allocated for elective courses). Written work shold have at least 15 standard author pages and should be written in accordance with scientific methods.

Winter semester

M. Vugdelija Introduction and Exegesis of the New  Testament: Synoptic Gospels / KBF401 / 75 hours / 7 ects /
M. Vidović The Corpus of the Apostle John / KBF402 / 45 hours / 5 ects /
Š. Bilokapić Sexual, Marital and Family Morality / KBF403 / 75 hours / 6 ects /
I. Jakulj Introduction to the Code of Canon law (I and III Book) / KBF404 / 45 hours / 4 etcs /
M. Parlov
E. Punda
Christology* / KBF405 / 30 hours / 2 ects /
  Elective course / 30 hours  / 3 ects /
  Elective course  / 30 hours / 3 ects /
  Seminar / 30 hours / 5 ects /

Summer semester

M. Parlov Pneumatology / KBF406 / 30 hours / 2 ects /
N. Bižaca Theological Anthropology* / KBF421 / 60 hours / 6 ects /
M. Vidović
M. Vugdelija
Corpus of the Apostle Paul and other  Epistles / KBF422 / 75 hours / 6 ects /
D. Runje Biblical Thelogy of the New Testament / KBF423 / 30 hours / 2 etcs /
J. Garmaz Didactics and Educational Methodology in  Religious
Education and Catechesis / KBF424 / 45 hours / 3 ects /
I. Jakulj
M. Mrše
The Code of Canon Law (II Book) / KBF425 / 45 hours / 4 ects /
S. Nimac  Fundamental Pastoral Theology / KBF426 / 60 hours / 4 ects /
  Elective course / 30 hours / 3 ects /

* Student enrolls elective course or other course including additional written work marked by asterisk (*). This written work is equivalent to 3 ECTS credits. During the study it is possible to make four such works (12 credits from the total number of credits allocated for elective courses). Written work shold have at least 15 standard author pages and should be written in accordance with scientific methods.

Winter semester

A. Mateljan On the Sacraments in general and the  Sacraments of Initiation / KBF501 / 75 hours / 7 ects /
I. Jakulj
M. Mrše
Code of the Canon Law (Books: V, VI and  VII) / KBF502 / 45 hours / 5 ects /
M. Volarević Social Doctrine of the Church / KBF503 / 75 hours / 6 ects /
A. Čondić Special Pastoral Theology / KBF504 / 45 hours / 4 etcs /
J. Garmaz
J. Periš
Religious Education and Catechesis for  Primary School / KBF505 / 30 hours / 2 ects /
 I. Žižić Theology of Liturgical Celebrations / KBF506 / 30 hours  / 3 ects /
Š. Bilokapić  Bioethics / KBF507 / 30 hours / 3 ects /
  Elective course / 30 hours / 3 ects /

Summer semester

I. Jakulj The Code of Canon Law (Book IV - the  Sanctifying Office of the Church) / KBF521 / 45 hours / 4 ects /
M. Parlov Spiritual Theology / KBF522 / 45 hours / 4 ects /
A. Mateljan The Sacraments of Healing and Sacraments at the Service of Communion / KBF523 / 45 hours / 4 ects /
D. Moro Eastern Theology / KBF524 / 30 hours / 2 etcs /
  Graduate work / KBF525 / 11 ects /
  Graduate exam / KBF526 / Prerequisites for study completion and final oral examination / 5 ects /