Scope:The period of the doctoral studies will consist of different phases: a planning phase, an execution phase (literature study, data gathering, setting up tests and experiments), and a writing/reporting phase. Usually these phases are not chronological, but are interwoven with each other. The scope of the Third Cycle envisages the completion of the academic studies. During this period the students engage  themselves in some teaching activity, and carry out research on a particular topic that will contribute to the progress of the Sacred Sciences and allied disciplines.
Eligibility:For admission to the Third Cycle of Theology leading to Doctorate in Theology (S.T.D.), the applicant must hold a canonically valid Master’s degree in Theology or its equivalent in the field of his/her
doctoral research with at least a high first class. In the latter case, the student should pass a qualifying examination conducted by the Institute. Besides English, the doctoral candidates shall be required to have an advanced knowledge of the classical languages, such as Hebrew, Greek (in the case of Biblical studies) and a working knowledge of modern languages such as German and French or Spanish as may be required by the nature of the research.
Duration: Students in the Third Cycle are required to spend at least four semesters (two years) in research work, normally to be spent in Bangalore in regular contact with the Institute. Every year the registration
should be renewed. The duration of the doctoral programme may be extended upto five years from the date of the registration of the topic of research.

Registration and Submission of the Research proposals Identification/Choice of the moderator

Identification/Choice of the moderator is done in consultation with the Dean of Theology and the  oncerned Head of the Department. Moderators should be chosen from the department of the discipline the candidate wishes to make his/her research. The first moderator is to be chosen from the qualified members of the Institute and only in the rarest of rare cases, the doctoral committee can permit the choice of a moderator
from outside the faculty. Admission process will follow only after the identification and fixing of the moderator.

Co-Moderator and Readers

When a topic envelopes other disciplines (other than the main field of research) then the necessity for a Co-Moderator arises. In the event of the appointment of a Co-Moderator, the doctoral committee will decide on the choice of the same, preferably a person qualified in that particular discipline. Technically, the readers are the evaluators. The readers (two) will be decided by the Dean of Theology. Of the two readers, one will be from the faculty of the Institute and the other preferably a qualified person from outside the Institute. 150

Prescribed Courses

As part of the doctoral program, the head of the department in consultation with the moderator will  rescribe courses to be taken up by the candidate. Completion of the prescribed courses could be mandatory
before the submission of the proposal.

Submission of Proposal

Candidates are expected to submit their proposals after the completion of their basic doctoral program requirements. It is expected that they do that preferably within the same year in which they have been admitted to the doctoral program and not later than the completion of the second semester.

Presentation of the Proposal

Once the proposal of the candidate has been formally submitted to the Institute, the Dean of Theology will convene:
1). The members of the doctoral committee
2). The Moderator/Co-Moderator
3). Head of the Department
4). The Candidate
The presentation of proposal will be done by the candidate for 20 minutes and the above mentioned members of the committee will discuss with the candidate and Moderator/Co-Moderator the feasibility of
continuing the research. A decision of either acceptance or rejection will be taken by the doctoral committee and the same will be intimated to the candidate at the earliest. The Doctoral Thesis proposal has to be examined and approved by the Board of Post-Graduate Studies. The candidate shall meet his
moderator regularly to discuss the progress of his research. The moderator is required to prepare an annual report on the performance and the progress of the candidate and send it to the Director of the Board of
Post-Graduate Studies.

Mandatory Obligations

Course on Citation Methodology
It is obligatory that the candidate who has been admitted to the doctoral program attends the methodology course conducted by the institute. This is in addition to the courses prescribed by the respective
departments. Details (date and time) of the course will be intimated to the candidate.

Course on Research Methodology

A course on research methodology will be organized by the Institute offering directions on the nature of scientific inquiry, types, areas and elements of research and the new trends of research orientation.

Doctoral Seminar

Annually a Doctoral Seminar will be organized by the Institute for all the doctoral students in their various stages of research. Participation in this seminar every year is mandatory. Presentation of the research paper
by the candidate at least once during his/her doctoral program is compulsory. The candidates are also expected to brief their progress in their doctoral studies during the seminar.

Defence Process

Submission of the Research Manuscript
After the completion of the dissertation, the moderator has to approve it and send a formal letter to the Dean of Theology. The candidate should submit,four unbound copies of the thesis to the Institute
Office.The page limit for the Doctoral thesis is 250-350, including the Bibliography and the Appendix.After approval, the dissertation will be sent to the Evaluation Jury which will be finalized by the Dean of Theology. The jury comprises of the following members: The Dean of Theology, the
Moderator/Co-Moderator and two other readers. Within 6 weeks (Institute working days) each member has to send his/her assessment in writing to the Dean. If all assessments are available, the results should be made known to the candidate by a formal letter. A copy of this letter will be sent to the Moderator/Co-Moderator. The corrections pointed out/proposed by the Evaluation Jury should be taken into account by the candidate and the corrected manuscript should be submitted to the office. Upon receiving the corrected manuscript, the Dean will officially confirm the date for the Public Defence of the dissertation which normally will take place after 4 weeks.

Marks and Grading System

The grade is determined taking into consideration the aggregate of the marks obtained from the Seminars, Courses and the Dissertation in the following proportions: Research Papers, Seminars and other courses: 20% Written Dissertation: 60% Public Defence: 20%.

Special Fees

Besides the annual fees the candidates shall pay special fees as prescribed in the Handbook for the Research Proposal, Dissertation Approval and for the Public Defence.

Defence and Submission of the Corrected Manuscripts

During the public defence the candidate gives a presentation on the doctoral research after which he/she will be questioned by the members of the evaluation jury. The candidates (PG and the doctoral
candidates) should again incorporate the corrections and suggestions roposed by the evaluation jury and submit their corrected copy to the Institute within a time frame of 2 years (maximum) from the day of defence with the renewal of annual registration fees. In order to be sure of the correction made during the defence, the corrected copy will be scrutinized by the Dean of Theology and Head of the Department.

6. Publication and Eligibility of the Certificate

To obtain the Doctoral Certificate, the candidate has to publish his/ herdissertation wholly or partially as recommended by the jury and shall submit 30 copies of the same to the Institute. In the case of the doctoral
candidate, the publication of the work is expected to be within two years of time of the submission of the corrected copy. When the above mentioned requirements are fulfilled, the candidate is eligible to apply
the certificate.