Canon Law (Iuris Canonici Licentiatus), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
This programme deepens and broadens the knowledge acquired in the 'Master of Arts in Society, Law and Religion' programme. The Canon Law (Iuris Canonici Licentiatus) programme is offered at KU Leuven.


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 through personal research. This general experience will be reflected in a research paper.


A key objective of the Canon Law (Iuris Canonici Licentiatus) programme offered at KU Leuven 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. Knowledge of secular law will be improved. Research skills will be further developed and stimulated: students get acquainted with the process of conducting academic research on an advanced level, are able to develop an extensive research proposal, find all relevant sources and describe the state-of-the-art on a specific topic. The obtained knowledge and skills will be integrated while studying concrete cases, writing a thesis and participating in the internship. Students with promising results will be stimulated and prepared for the doctoral programme.

Career perspectives

Graduates have been appointed as judges, promotors of justice and advocates in ecclesiastical tribunals. They have also been called to serve as chancellors, judicial vicars or experts in canon law in the diocesan Curia or in Catholic organisations. Others find employment as teachers in secondary schools, the seminary or the university.

Successful graduates may also move on to the doctoral programme, where successful completion of specialised study leads to the degree of Doctor of Canon Law and the canonical degree of Iuris Canonici Doctor (JCD). These degrees bring with them the opportunity to serve the People of God as a canon lawyer.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Law of Religious Communities
  • Temporal Goods
  • Islamic Law
  • Penal Law of the Church
  • Rights and Obligations of Christian Faithful
  • Theology of Canon Law
  • Reading of Latin Canonical Texts

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity Full-time
              • Full-time duration 24 months
            • Credits
              120 ECTS
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus

            English Language Requirements

            This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

            Book IELTS

            Academic Requirements

              Students meet both requirements:
              • Bachelor (Master) of Theology and Religious Studies (or dutch equivalent diploma)
              • OR certificate for completion of training for the priesthood (major seminary)
              • Master of Society, Law and Religion (or dutch equivalent diploma)

                Tuition Fee

                • International Applies to you

                  906 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                • EU/EEA Applies to you

                  906 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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                Living costs for Leuven

                • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
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