About the Programme
If you are looking for a cutting-edge education in Biblical Studies or Systematic Theology, with training in core skills in theology and the humanities, the two-year Master of Theology programme is offering just that. With one eye on ancient texts and traditions and the other squarely on contemporary concerns, the programme will deepen your knowledge and understanding of theology, thus enabling you to understand the world in new ways.
The master of theology is an international programme designed to provide you with an advanced understanding of theology, specializing in either Biblical Studies or Systematic Theology. The Biblical Studies track has a particular focus on Jewish-Christian relations in the study of biblical and related texts, their historical and literary contexts, as well as their past reception and contemporary use. The Systematic Theology track has a twofold focus, both on the main tenets of the Christian doctrinal tradition and on the relation between theology and politics and ethics. Common to both specializations is the critical investigation of a rich heritage with a view to the concerns and issues of our own time.
The programme will equip you for further work in the academy, church or society, including teaching and research, ministry, policy-making, and NGO-work. In short, the program is relevant to a number of professional contexts in a world in which a deeper knowledge of theology and religion is increasingly sought after and valued. In addition, theology constitutes an essential part of education and learning in the humanities.
Contents of the programme
The programme starts up with a module common to all students beginning the programme in a given year. Then follows a series of course modules (7,5 HEC) depending on the chosen specialization, Biblical Studies or Systematic Theology. The programme is distinct in offering a large number of taught modules at the second-cycle level, among others the following:
- Hermeneutics: Theology and the Uses of the Bible
- The Bible in Jewish and Christian Relations
- Male and Female? Gender, God, and Humanity in the Hebrew Bible
- Jesus Among the Messiahs of Second Temple Judaism
- Paideia in the New Testament: Greek and Jewish Models of Education
- Qumran and the New Material Philology: Text and Material Context
- Ethics, Theology, and Society
- Political Theology
- Theology and Church Life in Africa
- The Person and Work of Christ: Christology and Salvation
- Spirit and Community: Pneumatology and the Doctrine of the Church
- Theology and Science: Common Roots, Conflicts, and Conversations
It is possible to focus entirely on the chosen specialization, but you may also take courses in the other specialization or in another relevant field of study, such as the history of Christianity or religious studies. This ensures a well-rounded theological education at the second-cycle level, while also proving space to follow your own particular research interests.
In the second year you will write a master’s thesis of 30 HEC in your specialization, on a topic chosen by you together with a designated supervisor with expert knowledge in this field. The thesis is the capstone of the programme, allowing you to develop your own research project and distinct academic profile with support from teachers and fellow students. Please note that the thesis is normally written over the course of the entire second year, in addition to second year course work. This allows you the time needed to hone your writing and research skills and consequently to produce a more competent thesis.
In addition to regular course work and thesis writing, a reading circle for programme students is organized each year, in which particularly significant and influential texts can be read and discussed in a more informal setting. This is intended as an opportunity for you to get to know other students in the programme as well as the teachers.
There is also a seminar series in Systematic Theology and another in Biblical Studies, in which current research is presented and discussed by faculty as well as invited national and international guests, together with master’s students. It is an excellent way of familiarizing yourself with cutting-edge research in these fields and of practicing participation in high level academic discussion.
Teachers and International Collaboration
Course modules will be taught and supervision given by a team of internationally recognized scholars. In addition, we have a Linnaeus-Palme exchange programme with the Theological Faculty at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, one of the premier places for the study of theology in Southern Africa. This means that you will also be taught by visiting faculty from Stellenbosch, as well as interacting with visiting African students.
The Linnaeus-Palme programme also allows us to send one person each term from Sweden to South Africa as a visiting student. If you are a programme student interested in how biblical texts and theological reflection intersect with ethics and politics this is an excellent opportunity to study in a context where the relation between these has been very significant in recent years.
The programme welcomes applications from Swedish as well as international students.
Requirements and Selection
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree, including an independent bachelor’s thesis, typically of 15 HEC, or its equivalent.
Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 5/English A from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.
SELECTION: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 168 026 SEK
First payment: 42 007 SEK
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