There were similar developments in many other continental European universities, and at least until reforms in the early 21st century many European countries (. Belgium, Spain, and the Scandinavian countries) had in all faculties triple degree structures of bachelor (or candidate) − licentiate − doctor as opposed to bachelor − master − doctor; the meaning of the different degrees varied a lot from country to country however. To this day this is also still the case for the pontifical degrees in theology and canon law: for instance, in Sacred theology the degrees are Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB), Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL), and Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD), and in Canon law : Bachelor of Canon Law (JCB), Licentiate of Canon Law (JCL), and Doctor of Canon Law (JCD).
The PhD programme at central immerses each individual into a network of researchers who are keen to share, support and collaborate. This sense of camaraderie is something that is unique to central's research community, and is vital when taking on such a mammoth task. It is also a programme that is continually growing while staying visibly engaged with wider research communities both at and outside of Central. The staff are highly knowledgable, exciting researchers who are keen to support and nurture aspiring academics. There are also multiple events held throughout the year for candidates to present research and engage critically with the work of their peers. Each event offers opportunities to gain knowledge in organizing performance events and conferences. Central also presents opportunities for candidates to make early steps towards an academic career, whether that be teaching, publishing written work, presenting papers or promoting practice as a theatre maker. It's an exciting atmosphere that just gets better and better.