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Master of Theology, 120 HEC

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 programme 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:

• RT2615 Hermeneutics: Theology and the Uses of the Bible
• RT2521 The Bible in Jewish and Christian Relations
• RT2512 Male and Female? Gender, God, and Humanity in the Hebrew Bible
• RT2517 Jesus Among the Messiahs of Second Temple Judaism
• RT2520 Paideia in the New Testament: Greek and Jewish Models of Education
• RT2519 Qumran and the New Material Philology: Text and Material Context
• RT2312 Ethics, Theology, and Society
• RT2315 Political Theology
• RT2316 Theology and Church Life in Africa
• RT2317 The Person and Work of Christ: Christology and Salvation
• RT2321 Spirit and Community: Pneumatology and the Doctrine of the Church
• RT2318 Theology and Science: Common Roots, Conflicts, and Conversations

Programme SyllabusRecommended Course of Study (Systematic Theology)Recommended Course of Study (Biblical Studies)

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. Information about what will be read in any given academic year will be posted on the homepage.

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 practice participating in high level academic discussion.

Teachers and International Collaboration

Course modules will be taught and supervision given by a team of internationally recognized scholars. Please see the homepage for further information about the people involved. 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. For more information about Linnaeus-Palme and how to apply, please see the programme webpage.

Entry requirements

Students with
• a bachelor’s degree, including an independent bachelor’s thesis, typically of 15 HEC, or its equivalent
• knowledge of English: English 5/English A from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent
are eligible to apply for the programme. In order to specialize in Biblical Studies, students need, in addition, at least 15 HEC of either biblical Greek or Hebrew. The programme welcomes applications from Swedish as well as international students.

To application website

Master of Theology at the University of Gothenburg

Contact Information

Kristina Svensson, Student Counsellor

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Lundgrensgatan 1B

031-786 4519

Contact Information

Andreas Nordlander, Programme Coordinator

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Lundgrensgatan 1B, room H406

031-786 4523

Page Manager: Elin Widfeldt|Last update: 8/28/2019

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