The Faculty of Orthodox Theology "Episcop Dr. Vasile Coman" of the University of Oradea has been organizing doctoral studies since 2018. Currently, the duration of doctoral studies is 3 years. The work is carried out on the basis of a curriculum comprising compulsory and optional subjects and research activities and elaboration of scientific papers. The European system of transferable credits ensures internal and external mobility for doctoral students, as well as participation in national and international scientific research programmes, for which they can also obtain a scholarship.

The Doctoral School of Philology organises doctoral studies in the fundamental field of Theology, specifically in the following application areas:

Dogmatic Theology
Patrology and Postpatristic Literature
Universal Church History
Church music
Doctoral studies promote interdisciplinarity, domestic and international co-supervision. The study programmes ensure the acquisition of general and specialist knowledge and skills as well as specific cognitive skills. General knowledge refers to the accumulation, interpretation and development of cutting-edge acquisitions in the doctoral field. General competences concern: the development of research techniques and their application in different and specific contexts, theoretical constructs, discursive constructs of an academic type; taking responsibility for developing a research programme, critical thinking, creativity, inventiveness. Specific cognitive skills involve: identifying new problems and approaching them through research, creative and combinatory imagination, critical and interpretative analysis. In addition to theoretical knowledge and the researcher's own investigative skills, the doctoral candidate must master the latest methods and general, practical research and writing procedures specific to the preparation of a scientific paper.

The studies are completed by the public defence of a doctoral thesis in order to obtain the scientific title of Doctor of Philology. The mandatory conditions that a doctoral thesis must meet are the novelty of the topic, originality, honesty in the use of bibliographical sources, the increase of knowledge that it brings to the field, the possibilities of practical, useful use of scientific research.

In accordance with OMEN no. 5110 of 17 September 2018, the following minimum standards must be met in order to be awarded the title of doctor:

the doctoral candidate has at least three scientific publications in journals indexed in the databases recognized in Annex no. 32 of the Order of the Minister of National Education and Scientific Research no. 6.129/2016 on the approval of the necessary and mandatory minimum standards for the conferral of teaching titles in higher education, professional degrees in research and development, the quality of doctoral supervisor and the habilitation certificate;
in the case of journals with a long waiting list, studies that have been accepted for publication by the journal's editors (with proof of acceptance) may be considered, in which case an identifiable DOI code should be provided;
the author has participated with at least two papers in scientific events/summer schools for PhD students (as partial results of their own research) and these have been published in the collective volumes of these events.
The PhD School of Philology is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of University Diplomas and Certificates on the basis of its institutional capacity, educational effectiveness and quality management.