Doctorate in Spiritual Theology offered by the IIS is oriented to assist doctoral students to make personal contribution to scientific and theological research through the writing of a dissertation, which is to be accomplished under the guidance of a competent professor, within a reasonable time-limit. The candidates study in depth and specialize in one specific theme, without neglecting the over-all comprehension and mastery of the vast field of Spirituality.
Admission to the Doctoral Studies in Spiritual Theology demands a canonically valid Master’s Degree in Spiritual Theology (MTh) with at least a high first class, the validity of which will be adjudged by the competent authorities of the Institute. In case of necessity, the student should pass a qualifying examination conducted by the Institute.
In the first year of the research the student has to attend the Methodology Seminar and the Inter-Disciplinary seminar organized by the Faculty and validate the specialized courses prescribed by his/her moderator in consultation with the concerned Head of the Department. Doctoral students have toparticipate in all the doctoral programmes organized by IIS in association with St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute and in alliance with certain norms followed by the Bangalore University. These programmes are aimed at expanding the candidate’s knowledge and experience through in-depth and scientific methodological training, systematic guidance, discussion with fellow researchers, consultation with professors in their areas of specialization, presentation of the results of research, publications and development of further progressive skills through workshops, learning of source-languages and hermeneutic and analytic intellectual pursuits. Participation in the doctoral programmes is a sine qua non for obtaining the Doctor’s Degree in theology with specialization in Spirituality. The work can be done in the form of courses, seminars or paper of specialization determined by the Department of Spirituality.
The research will be conducted under the guidance of a moderator chosen by the candidate and approved by the Board of Post-Graduate Studies. Depending on the nature of the research, the board, if it deems it necessary, can suggest the second moderator already at the time of the registration of the topic. The first moderator should be a qualified member of the faculty. In rare cases, if necessary, the board can permit the first moderator from outside the Faculty. In such cases the second moderator should be from the Institute.
Besides English, the Doctoral Candidates should have an advanced knowledge of the classical languages, such as, Hebrew, Greek and Latin as may be required by the nature of the research and also a working knowledge of at least one of the modern languages, such as, German, Spanish, Italian or French.
Doctoral Seminar :
Every doctoral student is obliged to take part in all the doctoral seminars conducted by IIS from the beginning of their doctoral studies till the doctoral defense and present at least two scientific seminar papers during the course of their research. Each presentation of the seminar paper is equivalent to a two credit course. The doctoral seminar is to enhance the knowledge of the candidate regarding a topic of relevance and importance, within the scope of his/her study. The seminar is offered by the Institute every year under the guidance of competent professors. The topics of the seminar are allotted by the Department of Spirituality.
The doctoral colloquium conducted by IIS is intended to ensure the continuityof the research and to enhance the quality of the content of the research. Once in a year the doctoral students of IIS come together, along with the Staff and members of IIS, for a constructive and critical evaluation of the progress of their doctoral studies. The initial two days of the doctoral colloquium will be dedicated for an input session on any one of the relevant themes in Spirituality. Thereafter, each student will present a report of the progress, the content, relevance and the originality of his/her research in a scientific manner. Participants will be given an opportunity to evaluate, criticize and to suggest changes for the further betterment of the presented exposition. Participation of every doctoral student in all the doctoral colloquiums is obligatory.
One of the requirements to complete the Doctoral Programme in IIS is the publishing off a scientific article in a journal or publication with international distribution. The elaboration of the article has to be directed by the moderator of the candidate. The publishing of these articles would be equivalent to a three credit course. The writing of these articles have to be supervised by the moderator of the thesis.
The participation of the doctoral student in various activities like, Study Meetings, Seminars, Study Trips and International Scientific Congresses would be acknowledged by the department as equivalent to a one credit course. So too, supervised study trips to other universities or research centres and a written report on it would be equivalent to a one credit course.
Rs. 500/- (Only in the First Year)
Handbook, Library and Course Fee
IIS offers partial scholarship to its registered students. To be eligible for the same the students have to comply with the norms and regulations of registration within the stipulated time. The scholarship money is distributed to students at the end of the academic year.