Higher Education Qualification Descriptors


The  Qualifications Framework for the European Higher Education Area, an upshot of the European "Bologna Process”, is a systematic chart aimed at  a correct understanding and comparability of the academic titles of the various national systems of higher learning.  


For the Qualifications Framework of the Holy See, see website of Higher Education of the Catholic Church.








Master’s Degree (Second cycle) in “Foundations and Perspectives of a Culture of Unity”


Classification: Level 7 EQF.


Admission requirements:
The Master’s Degree in “Foundations and Perspectives of a Culture of Unity” is open to students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.


Course Length:
2 years, 120 ECTS minimum.


Subsequent level:


Areas of specialization: 
1) Trinitarian ontology; 2) Economy and  management; 3) Political science; 4) Comprehensive course



A Master’s Degree in “Foundations and Perspectives of a Culture of Unity” is awarded to students who have demonstrated:


a systematic understanding of the theological, philosophical, anthropological and social/ethical foundations of a culture of unity in the wisdom-based perspective of Christian revelation;


the ability to afford a practical application of the culture of unity in one of its specific expressions (theological, philosophical, social, political, economical, epistemological, pedagogical …) and to make an original contribution towards furthering it1;


capability in a responsible use of the skills they have acquired to build up a system of public relations inspired on a culture of unity and the ability to work in a spirit of communion with others towards the integral formation of individuals and of society2


the capacity to integrate the approaches of diverse fields of knowledge in view of tackling and answering anthropological, ethical, social and cultural issues emergent in today’s society3;


a marked capacity to listen, to relate to others, and of discernment,  along with an aptitude to apply diversified methods of interpreting situations towards promoting a constructive dialogue between persons of different cultures and orientations, transforming conflicts that may arise into opportunities for mutual recognition and common growth4;


ability to work in synergy with specialists of disciplines different from their own to create innovative solutions;


conceptual and communicative skills apt at building fruitful relations with social agents (institutional, political, economic) and the ability to clearly communicate and unambiguously promote the contents and meaning of Christian revelation and the anthropological and social views connected to it in public and in expertise areas;


the capacity to transmit their theoretical and applied knowledge in the exercise of an ecclesiastic and/or professional occupation, in particular in the field of teaching5.






Doctoral Degree (Third cycle) in “Foundations and Perspectives of a Culture of Unity”


Classification: Level 8 EQF


Admission requirements:
The Doctoral Degree in “Foundations and perspectives of a Culture of Unity” is open to students who have completed a Master’s degree or the equivalent.


Course Length:
Minimum 3 years.


Not specified. Formative programmes are personalized.



Doctoral Degrees in “Foundations and Perspectives of a Culture of Unity” may be awarded to students who have demonstrated:


a systematic acquisition and  understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in a specific area of studies (theology, philosophy, political science, economy and management, epistemology, human and social sciences)6  in its particular relation to a culture of unity7;


a mature capacity to use  the specialized knowledge they have acquired to conceptualize, design, and implement original projects of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary8 research in view of promoting a culture of unity in the light of Wisdom9;


aptitude in systematically transmitting the knowledge they have acquired through academic level teaching10;


skills in critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, in constant reference to the central value of the human person and of a culture of unity;


 the capacity to communicate with academic and professional experts of various fields and disciplines to contribute towards furthering civilization by promoting an ever-deeper encounter between the truths of Christianity and the world/worlds of  culture11.






This level of scholarly improvement and introduction to university level teaching consists of a further deepening of expertise in a specialist and/or  avant-garde topic as seen from the perspective of a culture of unity. It can be conducted as specific in-depth research or as professional or pastoral updating or requalification..


Admission requirements:
To be admitted to a Postdoctoral programme a Doctoral degree is required.  Exceptions can be made for recognized professional expertise and/or pastoral experience.


Course Length

Minimum one year. The course is organized and certification made under the autonomous responsibility of the Institute.





1 I.U.S., Statuti, art. 2.

2 I.U.S., Statuti, artt. 2, 6.

3 Sapientia Christiana, artt. 68-70; I.U.S., Statuti, artt. 2, 4, 57.

4 I.U.S., Statuti, Premessa.

5 Sapientia Christiana, art. 50, § 1.

I.U.S. Statuti, art. 58.

I.U.S. Statuti, Premessa.

I.U.S. Statuti, art. 8.

I.U.S. Statuti, art. 2.

10 Sapientia Christiana, art. 50, § 1.

11 Sapientia Christiana, art. 3, § 1. Cf GIOVANNI PAOLO II, «Proemio», Cost. Apostol. Sapientia Christiana, I, II. I.U.S. Statuti, art. 4.


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