2020 – 2025 U.P.S. Theology

Program of Studies 2020-2025

Study Program (Curriculum): Degree in Theology (4 years)

Requirements in European Credit units –

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)

To obtain a degree in Theology from the Program ‘’Theology, 4 years, Bachelor’s Degree’’ of the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus, students need to acquire the minimum number of two hundred and forty (240) credit units (ECTS) of the European System of Transfer and Accumulation of Credits. In order to obtain the required credits (ECTS) students need to attend forty-nine (49) of the sixty-three (63) courses offered and prepare a diploma thesis, or to attend fifty-one (51) of the sixty-three (63) courses offered as well as participate in the program’s activities, pass the respective exams and complete a period of school experience. Τhe completion of these obligations can be done in a minimum period of four (4) years, up to a maximum period of six (6) years. The maximum number of times a student may retake an examination is three (3) times.

The European Credit Units (ECTS) allocated to the program are as follows:

45 Compulsory Courses (C) 214 ECTS
4 Elective Courses (E) 16 ECTS
2 Compulsory Optional Courses 10 ECTS
Graduate Thesis (GT) corresponding to two courses or two (2) (LS) courses – Limited Selection

The Undergraduate Program of Theology consists of the following parts:

Compulsory and Elective Courses and Electives:

42 Courses in Theology (198 ECTS, 68%)
29 Compulsory Courses in Theology, 144 ECTS
13 Elective Courses in in Theology, 54 ECTS

10 Courses in Pedagogical Competence (49 ECTS, 17%)
7 Compulsory Courses in Pedagogical Competence, 35 ECTS
3 Elective Courses in Pedagogical Competence, 14 ECTS

11 Courses in General Education (43 ECTS, 15%)
9 Compulsory Courses in General Education, 35 ECTS
2 Elective Courses in General Education, 8 ECTS

Graduate Thesis

Students are given the option of preparing a Graduate Thesis during the 7th and 8th semester of their studies instead of attending two courses of the Department of General Education and Auxiliary Subsidiary Sciences. The Graduate Thesis, which corresponds to 10 ECTS, must include a theoretical review of the literature bibliography related to the subject selected in a document of 30-40 pages.

School Experience

School Experience is offered in the 7th semester through the course Teaching Religious Education/School Experience, THEO. 430. It is compulsory for all students and is carried out with the permission and assistance of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture in Primary, Middle and Senior schools in Cyprus.


The School operates using the semester system (15 weeks) as a method of organizing the academic year.

For the fall semester
Courses begin on the first Monday of September and end on the third Friday of December, provided that a total of 12 teaching weeks, one week of independent study and two weeks of examinations have been completed. The final exams of the fall semester take place from the second Monday to the third Friday of December.
For the spring semester
Courses begin on the third Monday of January and end in mid-May, provided that 12 teaching weeks, one week of independent study and two weeks of examinations have been completed. The sequence of the teaching weeks, the independent study week and the final examinations of the spring semester are determined in relation to the date of Orthodox Easter.

The courses consist of three (3) hours per week, for 12 weekly sessions every semester, and are allocated to the program as “Compulsory Courses” with the designation (C), as “Elective Courses” with the designation (E), or as ” Limited Selection” designated (LS). For specific courses students are required to have successfully completed another related course. In these cases the “CODE” of the related course which is considered prerequisite is indicated in the column “PRER”.

All courses are taught in Greek.

Year 1

Semester 1

Α/Α Course Type Course Name Course Code Number of ECTS Prerequisite
1CIntroduction to the Old Testament THEO.121 5
2CIntroduction to the New Testament THEO.125 5
3CGeneral Church History I THEO.181 5
4CPersonal and Communication Skills THEO.130 4
5CDevelopment of Language Skills THEO.140 4
6CInformation Technology THEO.160 4
7CForeign Language, English I THEO.143 3

Semester 2

Course TypeCourse Name Course Code

Number of ECTS Prerequisite
1CHistory of the Old and the New Testament
THEO.122 6
2CIntroduction to Christian Worship THEO.161 5
3CResearch Methodology THEO.131 5
4CPatristic Studies I THEO.108 5
5CAncient Greek I THEO.141 4
6CAncient Hebrew Language THEO.142 3
7CForeign Language, English II THEO.144 3THEO.143

Year 2

Semester 3


Course TypeCourse NameCourse CodeNumber of ECTS Prerequisite
1CCanon Law THEO.231 5
2CPatristic Studies II THEO.208 5THEO.108
3CHistory of Dogmas THEO.218 5
4CHagiology THEO.204 5
5CAncient Greek II THEO.240 4THEO.141
6CForeign Language, English III THEO.243 3THEO.144
7CByzantine Music – Execution THEO.278 3

Semester 4

A/ACourse Type Course Name Course Code Number of ECTS Prerequisite
1CGeneral Church History II THEO.281 5THEO.181
2CLiturgical Year – Theology of Worship THEO.262 6
3CPhilosophy THEO.201 5
4COld Testament Hermeneutics I THEO.221 5THEO.121
5CAncient Greek III THEO.241 4THEO.240
6CPsychological Theories of Personality THEO.210 5

Year 3

Semester 5

Α/Α Course Type Course Name Course Code Number of ECTS Prerequisite
1CNew Testament Hermeneutics I THEO.325 5THEO.125
2CDivine Liturgy and Sermonizing THEO.364 5
3CDogmatics I THEO.311 6THEO.218
4CTeaching Methodology THEO.330 5
5CChristian Archaeology THEO.371 5
6FETopics of Ecclesiastical Grammatology and Patristic Theology THEO.388 4
7FEAncient Greek Literature THEO.341 4
8FEGreek Palaeography - Codicology THEO.380 4

Semester 6

A/ACourse TypeCourse NameCourse CodeNumber of ECTSPrerequisite
History of the Church of Cyprus THEO.3815
2CPedagogy and Religious Education THEO.3346
3CDogmatics II THEO.3126THEO.311
4CByzantine Music – Hymnography THEO.3784
5CCounselling Psychology THEO.3105
6FEChurch of Cyprus and Education THEO.3824
7FEInterpretation of the Acts of the Apostles THEO.3264
8FEPedagogical Theories THEO.3334

Year 4

Semester 7

A/ACourse TypeCourse NameCourse CodeNumber of ECTSPrerequisite
1CChristian Ethics THEO.4405
2CSociology of Religion THEO.4325
3CTeaching Religious Education/School Experience THEO.4306THEO.334
4COld Testament Hermeneutics II THEO.4215THEO.221
5FEPastoral Ministry THEO.4534
6FESt. Neophytos the Recluse THEO.4044
7LCPsychology Topics THEO.4115
8LCGraduate Thesis I THEO.400A5THEO.131

Semester 8

A/ACourse TypeCourse NameCourse CodeNumber of ECTSPrerequisite
1CHistory of Religions THEO.4295
2CNew Testament Hermeneutics II THEO.4255THEO.325
3CPatristic Texts Hermeneutics THEO.4086
4CByzantine Art THEO.4715
5FETopics of Bioethics THEO.4554THEO.440
6FEHistory of the Slavic Churches THEO.4834
7FEMission of the Church in the Modern World THEO.4074
8LCDevelopmental Psychology THEO.4105THEO.411
9LCGraduate Thesis II THEO.400B5THEO.400A

Lessons Description

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