Dissertation Committee

Joint Doctoral Dissertation Council in Theology

On November 28, 2022, by Order 1580/NK of Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia D. V. Pyshny of 28.11.2022, on the basis of the recommendation of the Higher Attestation Commission under the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, permission was granted to establish a Joint Council for the defence of Doctoral and Higher Doctoral dissertations in the subjects 5.11.1 “Theoretical Theology” (area of study: “Orthodoxy”; discipline: Theology) and 5.11.2 “Historical Theology” (area of study: “Orthodoxy”; discipline: Theology).

The Council will operate at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University of the Humanities and St. Petersburg Theological Academy of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Joint Dissertation Council, chaired by STOU Very. Rev. Prof. Dr. theol. habil. Oleg Davydenkov, includes well-known scholars who have been working in the field of systematic and historical theology for many years.

The creation of a Joint Dissertation Council in Theology is the logical culmination of the long and difficult history of the involvement of STOU and Saint Petersburg Theological Academy in creating a legal basis and obtaining official accreditation for the discipline of Theology in Russia. The Joint Council aims actively to promote the expansion of academic research in the field of theology and to train highly qualified personnel necessary for the development of this field of scholarship. We hope that the work of the Dissertation Council will help the formation of theological research schools both in the institutes of higher education of the Russian Orthodox Church and in other universities of the Russian Federation.


Doctoral Dissertation Council in Theology

The Dissertation Council in Theology and Church History (hereinafter the Council) was created with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Alexis (Resolution of June 29, 1997) and reorganized with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill (Resolution PK-01/251 of March 14, 2017).

The Council’s working procedure is set out in the “Provisions on Candidate Dissertation Councils in the Russian Orthodox Church” [ru] and the “Statute of the Dissertation Council for Theology and Church History at STOU” [ru].

The Council conducts examinations of doctoral theses (candidate’s dissertations) in theology and church history.

List of Members of the Dissertation Council for Theology and Church History at STOU, approved by Resolution PK-01/251 of March 14, 2017 of His Holiness the Patriarch


Very. Rev. Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Archpriest Vladimir Vorobyov, PhD, Rector of STOU;


Very Rev. Prof. Dr. Dr. habil. Archpriest Pavel Khondzinsky, Dean of the Faculty of Theology of STOU;

Academic Secretary:

Dr. Andrei Kostryukov, Lead Researcher of the Department of Modern Russian Church History at STOU;

Members of the Council:

LIST [ru]

Instructions for applicants:

Theses are to be submitted to:

Moscow, Likhov pereulok 6, Rm. 202, or: Moscow, Novokuznetskaia ulitsa 23B, Rm 212.

Contact information:

e-mail: pstgu@pstgu.ru, pstgu@list.ru

Phone numbers for inquiries: 8-916 906-51-37, 8-495 953-31-21, 8-495 114-50-80

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