Our Religious Studies programmes are designed for:
- Those enrolled in the degree of Bachelor of Christian Studies. This is meant for anyone interested in an initial degree in Catholic theology – whether they be members of the Catholic lay faithful, religious men/women, those preparing for the diocesan priesthood or even simple men and women of goodwill, who wish to know more.
- For those preparing for the ordained ministry in the Catholic Church, who require a canonical Bachelor’s degree in Catholic Theology, a Foundational Year in Philosophy is offered. The Bachelor of Christian Studies prepares students for teaching and pastoral ministries, or further studies in Theology.
The Faculty of Religious Studies also hosts lectures, conferences, and evening classes for all comers from local society, seeking always to witness to Christ and to foster a sense of belonging to a vibrant intellectual and faith community.
Note: Students pursuing the canonical ecclesiastical degree (five years) granted by the Faculty of Theology, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP), are required to enrol in the Foundation Year of Philosophy Studies before joining the BCS programme. UCP grants graduates of USJ’s programme of Christian Studies the first canonical degree in Theology, recognised by all Catholic Theological Faculties.
4 years of full-time (day) programme
Recommended Prior Knowledge
Completion of Secondary education; proficiency in the English language.
Total Number of Credits for Graduation
Programme’s Government Approval (In Chinese and Portuguese only) (Click here)
September to May
Approximately 20 hours each week
Mondays to Fridays 09:00 to 18:30
- International setting of student and faculty members
- Study of Biblical languages (Greek and Hebrew)
- Senior students write and defend a thesis/dissertation
For more than four centuries Macao has been preparing faithful for service and leadership within Church and society in greater China and Asia. The international faculty at our Department continues this endeavour with academic rigor, fidelity to the Roman Catholic faith tradition, and committed to intercultural and interreligious dialogue. Being attentive to the Asian cultural and religious contexts, our students study and explore the rich heritage of the Catholic theological faith tradition and prepare them for a broad range of ministries and service in church and society. The intellectual, theological, spiritual, and pastoral formation of our students nourishes their hearts and minds and enables them to practice their faith in Asian communities. They are equipped to take up leadership in Church and society in the ordained ministry, in male and female religious congregations, as lay faithful, and as man and women of good will.
Located at the Seminary Campus within the historical district of Macao, our Department provides a unique environment for studying and research within an international setting. Research resources are offered by our own library, the Consortium of the Macao Academic Library Association (MALA), the research library of the Macao Ricci Institute (MRI) of the Jesuits. Our alumni are working in several Asian countries, like greater China (Macao and Hong Kong), Myanmar, Philippines, East Timor, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan and Taiwan. Others are pursuing further studies in Asia, Europe and the US.
Appreciating your interest in our Department, I am looking forward in meeting you to discuss further questions. Our admission office will assist you to learn more about us.
Prof. Franz Gassner, S.V.D.
Doctor of Catholic Theology
University of Vienna, Austria
- Ordained ministry in the Church
- Moral and religious education
- School leadership and school pastoral
- Pastoral and social services
- Chaplaincy (e.g. school, hospital, migrants, etc.)
- Formation in religious communities
- Inter-religious dialogue and mission
- Spiritual direction, supervision, and retreat
- Communication and culture education
- Community organisation, community development and leadership
- Ethic boards
- Further studies in humanities, religious studies, and theology
Students must complete all the following modules
Please click on any specific module to see its description.