Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences

UCLy’s Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences combines state-of-the-art teaching in Catholic theology with practical training that responds to the realities of the Church and society.

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences consists of:

Department of Theology

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Founded in 1878, within the framework of the Catholic University of Lyon, the Department of Theology participates in the theological service of the Catholic Church in France in 21 dioceses of south-eastern France (most notably the ecclesiastical provinces of Lyon and Marseille). It is a place of teaching and research in theology in the university tradition of the Catholic Church. By pontifical right, it awards canonical diplomas. In conjunction with state universities, it also offers joint doctorates.


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Founded in 1946, the IPER is a university institute that prepares those who are called to pastoral responsibilities to thrive in increasingly varied fields and confers university degrees. The modularisation of courses allows for the possibility of following courses à la carte, completing a one-year diploma, a two-year diploma, or obtaining the professional title of “Chargé de mission pastorale” recognised by the Ministry of Labour.