Description

A two-year course of deeper philosophical study and research leading to the degree of Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D.), which is conferred after the applicant has successfully defended a doctoral dissertation which must be the product of scholarly work and a contribution to the progress of the science of philosophy.

Admission Requirements

Only those who have obtained a Licentiate degree in an Ecclesiastical Faculty with a grade of above average will be accepted for the third cycle;

Applicants who only have a Master of Arts in Philosophy degree should be endorsed by the Admission Committee who may require the completion of some bridging courses before the candidate is allowed to commence with the Doctoral program;

Written Recommendation/Permission from the Ordinary or Major Superior;

International students must accomplish all the legal requirements to pursue their studies in the University;

All applicants must be knowledgeable in Latin;

Must take and pass the entrance examination unless the applicant has earned his Licentiate degree from the Faculty. Applicants who have already graduated from any degree conferred by any of the other two Ecclesiastical Faculties of the University must still take and pass the qualifying examination before admission.

Requirements for the Degree

The candidate must have a one-year teaching experience of any Philosophy subject in any college or faculty, duly certified by the proper authorities. The certification of teaching experience must be submitted to the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties before the candidate is allowed to enroll in Dissertation Writing I (DWI).

The candidate must complete four (4) special courses (of 3 units each) to be chosen by the candidate and to be approved by the Dean. Each course must have a grade of not lower than 1.75.

The candidate must have a reading knowledge of any foreign language other than English; this means that a student should have at least enrolled in a Foreign Language course for two semesters.

The candidate must have published at least two (2) scholarly articles in a reputable philosophical journal. No student is allowed to enroll in DWIII unless he is cleared of this requirement by the Dean’s office.

The candidate must complete and successfully defend in public a doctoral dissertation, the topic and the proposed outline of which must first be approved by the Dean.

The candidate must successfully perform a “Lectio Coram” before a panel.

The final grade for the Doctorate in Philosophy degree is composed of 30% from the general weighted average, 30% from the evaluation of the written dissertation, 30% from the oral defense of the dissertation, and 10% from the Lectio Coram.

The candidate must accomplish the post-defense requirements before he can legally use the title Doctor in Philosophy.

Procedures of the Thesis Writing and the Lectio Coram

After completing the academic courses or at a time when the student wishes to start writing his Dissertation, the student shall enroll in Dissertation Writing I (DWI) during the registration period of a particular semester. After enrollment, he must present to the Dean, for approval, his topic (a tentative title) and the proposed outline of the study.

Once the topic and the outline are approved, the Dean shall appoint a Moderator who shall assist the student in the writing of the dissertation. Each student is required to pay every semester the adviser’s fee from the time a moderator is appointed until the completion of the dissertation.

The student is also expected to complete and publicly present his dissertation proposal on the semester of his enrollment in DWI. Otherwise he will have to re-enroll the course (DWIB) on the next semester. To apply for the presentation of the dissertation proposal, the student must secure the endorsement of the moderator and submit six (6) copies of the completed proposal to the Office of the Dean. The Dean shall then recommend the public presentation of the dissertation proposal by appointing the panel of evaluators (five panel members including the Dean as the Chairman). The public presentation of the dissertation proposal shall then be scheduled (normally, three to four weeks after the submission of the dissertation proposal).

After the public presentation of the Dissertation proposal, the examiners shall give their evaluation, which is either Satisfactory (S) or Not Satisfactory (NS), and comments. If a Satisfactory mark is given by at least three of the five examiners, the student shall proceed with his Dissertation, noting the suggestions/comments of the examiners if there are any. The student would have to submit the revised dissertation proposal, and accomplish the approval sheet, which has to be signed by all the members of his panel of examiners. Once the approval sheet is accomplished, the student shall be granted with a Certificate of Candidacy.

However, if the student receives an NS (Not Satisfactory) mark from at least three of the examiners, he shall revise his dissertation proposal and re-apply for the presentation of the revised proposal. He shall however be required to pay again all the corresponding fees. Any student is given up to only three chances to present his dissertation proposal. If on the third presentation, the student still receives an NS mark from at least three examiners, he shall be disqualified from further pursuing the degree, or in meritorious cases, be allowed by the Dean and the Faculty Council to work on another topic.

On the semester following the successful presentation of the dissertation proposal, the student shall enroll in Dissertation Writing II (DWII) during the period of registration. The requirement for this course is the completion of the entire Dissertation, which the student must do under his appointed moderator.

Students are required to enroll in a thesis writing course every semester from the time he enrolls in DWI until the completion of the dissertation. Any student who have already enrolled in DWII but is not yet ready to enroll in DWIII will be allowed to enroll in DWIIB, which will require him to pay a modified miscellaneous fee and the adviser’s fee. Any student who has already started doing his/her thesis, but has decided to stop for a semester or more, must secure the Dean’s permission for a Leave of Absence. Anyone who fails to enroll in any course within a semester without the prior approval of the Dean shall be charged with an Absence without Leave. Those who would wish to continue their studies in the Faculty from an Absence without Leave must secure the necessary permission of the Dean and must be willing to take at least six (6) units of refresher courses. Furthermore, any student who would exceed the maximum number of years allowed to work on a doctoral program will be required to take refresher courses of at least six (6) units.

Any student who wishes to publicly present and defend the dissertation on a particular semester must enroll in Dissertation Writing III (DWIII) during the semester’s registration period. Upon the completion of the Dissertation, the student must secure the endorsement of his Moderator and forward six (6) copies of the endorsed dissertation to the Office of the Dean, who shall recommend and schedule the public defense of the dissertation by appointing the members of the examination tribunal. The Dean shall forward the copies of the dissertation to the members of the examination tribunal, who must examine the document. If there is no serious objection raised by any of the examiners not later than ten (10) days before the schedule of the public defense, then the examination shall proceed as scheduled, which is normally held a month after the submission of the manuscript. In case serious objections are raised by at least one member of the panel, the concerned examiner must submit to the Office of the Dean in written form his objections. The Dean’s office will then distribute the objection to the Candidate and to the other members of the tribunal. The examination will be scheduled once the concerned examiner is satisfied with the revision.

If any of the examiners disagrees with the findings of the dissertation and wishes to vacate his post in the examination tribunal, he has to formally inform the Dean not later than ten (10) days before the schedule of the examination. The Dean will in turn forward the dissertation to another examiner.

The Lectio Coram is done only when the student has already successfully defended the Dissertation. The topic shall be assigned at the end of the session of the Dissertation defense. The candidate should give a public lecture about the assigned theme for the duration of half an hour on the following day.

After the public defense of the Dissertation and the Lectio Coram, the student must comply with the required revisions and other post-defense requirements. The date of the successful defense of the Dissertation shall also be the student’s date of graduation. Non-completion of any of the post-defense requirements will also mean non-issuance of any school record of the concerned student, who may not also validly use the title Doctor of Philosophy.

Guidelines for the post-defense requirements and the Publication of the Dissertation

Submission of Final Text

After the Oral Defense, the following steps need to be done:

  1. Revise the Dissertation according to the instructions of the members of the panel of examiners. Secure from the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties the Approval Sheet and have it signed by the Adviser, the members of the Tribunal, and the Dean.
  2. Submit to the Office Two (2) Hard copies of the Revised Dissertation containing the following: a) all the required revisions, b) Approval Sheet (as signed), c) Certificate of Originality (as signed), d) Abstract of the Dissertation. This should be hard bound. The cover is colored blue and the texts on the cover are printed either in Gold or Black. The spine of the document should contain the following information: year of graduation (top), the title of the Thesis (in capital letters), and the name of the author (bottom).
  3. Submit an abridged form (at least 50 pages, single spaced in Times New Roman (12) font) of the Dissertation to the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties. This should be accompanied by an abstract of 150-200 words and 7-8 keywords. This should be submitted both in soft and hard copies. The faculty should be free to publish this material whenever possible.
  4. Submit to the Office Three (3) soft copies (in separate CDs) of the Dissertation and the abstract, and submit three (3) separate hard copies of the dissertation abstract.
  5. Seek appointment with the Dean with regard to the mandatory publication of thirty (30) copies of the dissertation. The Dean will inform the student whether the dissertation will be published in part (partialiter) or in whole (totaliter). Please check below for the guidelines for publication.
  6. Submit the thirty (30) copies of the dissertation as published, and one (1) soft copy (in a CD) of the published dissertation. Finally, the student may apply for original copy(ies) of his Transcript of Records and Diploma. Note: It takes seven (7) working days to obtain the Transcript of Records, and thirty (30) days for the Diploma.

Guidelines for the Publication

The student is required to publish his work (dissertation) partialiter (“partially”) or totaliter (“completely”). The student must follow the instructions laid below, and must remain faithful to the prescribed format.

In the event that the panel members have not identified the part/s to be published, the student must seek audience with the Dean and discuss the publication.

When the chapter or chapters to be published are identified, the student must arrange the publication of the Dissertation (either partialiter or totaliter) with the UST Publishing House or with another publishing house. The student may seek the help of a proofreader or editor when there is a need to improve the text.

The first galley proof of the publication must be presented to the Dean for approval. Without the prior approval of the Dean’s Office, the printed material may be rejected by the Dean’s Office if it does not conform to the standards set by the Faculty.

Once the Dean’s approval is obtained, the student may proceed with the publication and must submit to the office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties thirty (30) copies of the said publication.


Format of the Cover / Title Page (Partialiter)

Philosophy > PHD > Cover Format

Format of the Imprimatur/Nihil Obstat and Approval Page

This is placed on the back of the cover page.

Philosophy > PHD > Cover Format 2

Parts for the Partialiter

  1. Cover page
  2. Title Page (same text and format as of the cover page)
  3. Nihil obstat/Imprimatur and Approval page (back of the title page; please check the sample format above)
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Dedication (optional)
  6. Epigraph (optional)
  7. Preface
  8. Foreword (optional)
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. Abbreviations (if necessary)
  11. List of Illustrations and List of Tables (if necessary)
  12. General Introduction: Rewrite Background of the Study, Statement of the Problem, Significance of the Study, Methodology; and include the findings and conclusion of the dissertation to suit introducing the excerpt/s of the study.
  13. The part(s)/excerpt(s) to be printed: Include the chapter Number/s and title/s
  14. Appendix (if necessary to the printed part/s)
  15. Bibliography
  16. Outline of the whole dissertation

Note:

  1. The cover of the publication should be blue. Pictures, special designs and other lay-outs are discouraged on the cover, and are not allowed without the approval of the Dean. The book should be 24 cm X 17 cm in size.

Format for the Totaliter

Parts for the Totaliter

If so desired, the printing of the whole dissertation may be formatted to fit into the requirements of publishing a book; and this requires rewriting Chapter I of the dissertation; otherwise, the whole dissertation in its final draft as approved should be published.

Title Page

Nihil obstat/Imprimatur and Approval page (back of the title page; please check the sample format above)

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Dedication (optional)
  3. Epigraph (optional)
  4. Preface
  5. Foreword (optional)
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Abbreviations
  8. List of Illustrations
  9. List of Tables
  10. General Introduction
    1. May have to rewrite the whole Chapter I of the original dissertation retaining the following sections: Background of the Study, Statement of the Problem, Significance of the Study, Scope and Limitations and Methodology. However, it is not necessary to retain the titles of these sections so that this introduction could also serve as an introduction of a book; or
    2. Retain the Chapter I as it is.
  11. Chapters
  12. Appendix (if necessary to the printed part/s)
  13. Bibliography

Notes:

  1. Use either the original footnote or the endnote documentation style.
  2. The cover of the publication should be blue. Pictures, special designs and other lay-outs are discouraged on the cover, and are not allowed without the approval of the Dean. The book should be 24 cm X 17 cm in size.