To obtain the Post Graduate Degree of Specialization (PDS) in "Theology and Culture" the students are required to complete successfully four (4) semesters that correspond to a total of 120 ECTS or 96 Units. Students must attend and successfully pass exams for nine (9) semester long courses (90 ECTS or 27 Units), three (3) courses (three hours per week), for each semester (30 ECTS or 9 Units) and have written a graduate thesis during the fourth semester (30 ECTS or 6 Units), the theme of which is defined at the end of third semester and graded by a three member committee.
The Post Graduate Program of the School of Theology aim to promote specialized knowledge and to provide a high quality research in the academic field of theology and the study of religion and culture. A specific objective is to prepare: a. prospective theology teachers that will staff Secondary Education, b. theologically trained clergy who will staff the Church, c. staff for various cultural and religious organizations and d. scientists who will be engaged in the study of Christian theology, with a special emphasis on Orthodox theology, tradition and ecumenical role, as well as Religion and Culture.
The Postgraduate Program ensures conditions so that graduates can adequately be deployed to Orthodox Autocephalous Churches, various educational institutions of the European Union and the special services of the Greek state. Also, they will be able to teach courses in continuing education and training courses aimed at the training or familiarization of trainees on culture, religion and society.
The Postgraduate Program offers the following specializations: I. Biblical Studies (1. OT, 2. NT, 3. Biblical and Patristic Language), II. History, Literature, Archaeology and Art, (1. Church History, 2. Christian Literature, 3. Christian Archaeology and Art, 4. Slavic Churches), III. Dogmatics, History of Philosophy and Ecumenical Theology, (1. Dogmatics, 2. History of Philosophy, 3. Ecumenical Theology), IV. Ethics, Sociology and the Study of Religion, (1. Ethics and Pastoral 2. Sociology 3. Study of Religion, 4. Informatics of theological data), V. Practical Theology (Pedagogics, Liturgy, Homiletics, Canon and Ecclesiastical Law).
Specializations have been designed for the development of critical thinking and the research skills necessary for doctoral studies and research activity described in scientific fields.
Graduates of the Post Graduate Program of the School of Theology are able to: 1. apply knowledge in practice, 2. communicate in a foreign language, 3. search, process, analyse and synthesise data and information, using the appropriate technological tools, 4. adapt to novel situations and make decisions, 5. work independently or in groups in international and/or interdisciplinary contexts, 6. respect diversity, multiculturalism and the natural environment, 7. demonstrate social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues, 8. view themselves as well as others critically, 9. promote free, inductive and deductive thinking, 10. demonstrate sensitivity to social issues.
Graduates of the Post Graduate Program of the School of Theology with reference to the courses they have chosen have: 1. a specialised knowledge of the historical, social, and cultural significance of religious traditions, 2. an advanced and critical comprehension of the mechanisms by which religious faith may influence and inform the ethics, outlook, and behaviour of individuals and communities, 3. specialised knowledge of the ways in which specific religions and religious institutions are structured and regulated, 4. an advanced and critical comprehension of the interaction between the Orthodox Tradition, other Christian denominations, religions and societies, both historically and in the contemporary world, 5. an advanced and critical understanding of the social reality and particularly its problems, 6. an advanced knowledge of methods and issues in different branches of theological and religious studies as well as the nature of theological research and reflection.
Graduates of the Post Graduate Program of the School of Theology with reference to the courses they have chosen have: 1. an advanced ability to apply in practice their specialised knowledge on the complexity of different mentalities, social behaviours and aesthetic responses, as well as the interaction of theological ideas, religious beliefs, values, sacred texts, art forms, social data and politics, 2. ability to employ tools as necessary from other relevant disciplines as for example literature, semiotics, art history, archaeology, anthropology, law, sociology, philosophy, economics, natural sciences, bioethics, 3. an advanced ability to communicate theological and religious concepts to a broader public, 4. an advanced ability to apply in practice the theoretical knowledge of teaching theological and religious concepts.
Graduates of the Post Graduate Program of the School of Theology with reference to the courses that have chosen have: 1. an advanced ability to understand and evaluate new and developing forms of religious belief and practice with ecumenical spirit and reconciliation, 2. an advanced ability to read texts critically in their historical context and with a view to their contemporary application, 3. ability to define and undertake research topics at an advanced level, 4. ability to take responsibility for the management and implementation of projects, 4. an advanced capacity to apply theological knowledge in professional and social life, in accordance with human rights and European values, 5. an advanced ability to show awareness of issues of social exclusion and prejudice.