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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Sacred Theology








First Cycle

Level 6

5 Years



• to provide a systematic and comprehensive grasp of the philosophical background to theology, the sources of theology and the basic theological themes, namely sacred scripture, patrology, church history, fundamental and dogmatic theology, moral and spiritual theology, pastoral theology, liturgy and canon law which are so structured as to lead progressively to a fuller comprehension of the principal theological themes and their inter-relationship

• to provide the intellectual formation of those preparing themselves for the priesthood, in line with Sapientia Christiana and universal and local church documents on priestly formation

• to meet the requirements of those interested in doing specialised pastoral work.
LEARNING OUTCOMES Knowledge Understanding
• an indepth understanding of Sacred Scripture (including Old and New Testament exegesis) as God’s self-manifestation throughout the history of the Jewish people in the Old Testament right up to the climax of revelation in Jesus Christ
• a proper comprehension of the relationship between philosophical and theological reflection, spiritual growth, and witnessing to faith
• the ability of being knowledgeable about the contribution of the more important theologians over the centuries

Application Understanding
• a probing into the Christian beliefs about the Triune God, the Incarnation, and the Paschal Mystery, the church and the sacraments, and the moral life
• an exploration of the revelation particular to the Christian religion
• a thorough grasp of the the complementarity linking together faith, reason and revelation.

Communication Skills
• the ability to give solid responses on Scripture and the Teachings of the Catholic Church
• the proper articulation of the relevance of theology to various human, individual and social situations, cultural contexts, and other faith traditions
• the ability to demonstrate how the major developments that occurred in the Church and in theology sought to keep the Christian tradition alive throughout the ages, in particular in times of controversy, debate and new challenges
• the capacity to express convincingly how one’s beliefs, values, faith and culture serve to shape one’s actions and attitudes
• the capacity to dialogue with other Christians, believers coming from other faiths, and with non-believers.

Judgemental Skills
• the critical analysis of the variety of views concerning religious experience
• growth in the conviction that theological knowledge and one’s spiritual maturation are mutually interdependent
• the skill to engage in theological reflection on ecclesial action, and to interpret the context within which ecclesial action takes place
• training in the response to postmodern questions and existential difficulties related to faith and belief

Learning Skills
• the healthy inter-relationship between spiritual and human development
• the balanced appreciation of the richness offered by multiple perspectives in society of all ages, and the Catholic response through its teachings and Tradition, and through the witness of its members
• the ongoing reflection on faith seeking understanding which values personal ongoing formation and personal and communitarian discernment within the christian community

Autonomy and Responsibility
• reflection on beliefs, values, faith and culture serves to influence actions and attitudes
• awareness of contemporary issues and the relevance of theology to these issues
• the healthy dialogue with the postmodern relativist society on contemporary issues
• the maturation and integration of the personal intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Holders of this degree are eligible to register for the second-cycle programme leading to the Licentiate in Sacred Theology or any of the Masters programmes provided by the Faculty of Theology.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This programme offers the canonical degree for those preparing themselves to serve as ordained ministers of the Church, in line with the stipulations of the Holy See and the local Church with regard to priestly formation. In other words, this course is mainly intended for seminarians and religious students.
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2015.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 22 April 2017
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