Master of Canon Law (Iuris Canonici Licentiatus)
Master of Arts
EducationThis programme deepens and broadens the knowledge acquired in the 'Master of Arts in Society, Law and Religion' programme. The two-year programme focuses on the study of canon law and provides an introduction into the law of other religions (comparative law) and the study of capita selecta. The skills obtained will be applied during the internship and improved by personal research. This general experience will be reflected in a research paper.
The Master of Arts in Canon Law (Iuris Canonici Licentiatus) is an advanced Master's programme. You can follow this programme on a full-time or part-time basis.
Profile* You are fascinated by the law of the Roman Catholic Church. You are familiar with its faith, organisation and mission.
* You studied (or are studying) in the Master of Arts in Society, Law and Religion programme.
* You are familiar with the legal way of thinking. You are familiar with legal research.
* You have a very good knowledge of English and a basic expertise in Latin.
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ObjectivesA key objective of the programme is to study the seven books in the Code of Canon Law (CIC/83) in depth. Students also receive training in the various disciplines indicated in the 'Novo Codice' decree issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education. The students will be trained and stimulated to find relevant resources, to read jurisprudence and to obtain research skills. Knowledge of secular law will be improved. The obtained knowledge and skills will be integrated while studying concrete cases, writing a thesis and participating in the internship. Talented students will be stimulated and prepared for the doctoral programme.
After graduationWith the degree of 'Master of Arts in Canon Law' and 'Iuris Canonici Licentiatus', students can work throughout the world in Catholic organisations, dioceses, tribunals and governmental administration. They are trained and prepared to work as an ecclesiastical judge, vicar, a personal assistant, a defender of the bound, an advocate or consultant. Students who graduate with distinction ('cum laude') can apply for the doctoral programme in canon law.
Information sessionsKU Leuven organises a Verderstudeerbeurs each spring. In addition, faculties also organise information sessions for many of their bridging and graduate programmes.
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