Master Programme in Religious Studies 120 cr

Within the Master programme in Religious Studies, culture-oriented forms of self-understanding are studied, a holistic perspective on the interaction between people, society, culture and religion is outlined.

About the studies

The programme focuses on the interaction between culture and religion, between individuals and societal contexts. Values ​​and norms that govern existential orientation are identified.

The master programme not only observes Swedish conditions, but has an international dimension: historically, cultural forms of understanding develop in interaction with different cultures. Muslim culture can not be understood without its roots in renaissance culture, which is also part of the Western European cultural heritage. Through a historical / comparative perspective on culture and religion, many of today's cultural issues get a broader perspective than the narrow nationalist or "monocultural" perspective. Understanding of the cultural background of others leads to a deeper understanding of one's own cultural background and patterns of understanding.

The program comprises four specifications:

- Environment, health and working life
- Ethics and leadership
- The place of religion in the post-modern society
- Religion and folklore in history and present

The specifications form different aspects of the interconnected theme, which is the relationship between religion and the changing societal context in which religion is expressed. The specifications are also linked to the University's goal of working towards a sustainable living environment. Here it is especially the importance of human existential dimension and cultural self-understanding as well as the need for a holistic approach in different areas - health, leadership and more - which is at the forefront when dealing with issues considering a sustainable living environment.

After the studies

The aim of the Master programme in Religious Studies is to prepare both for research studies and for modern differentiated working life. The programme prepares for different occupational roles, for example in schools, municipalities, authorities (eg Migration Board, Criminal Care, Social Services), museums, companies and national and international aid organizations where cultural meeting knowledge is indispensable.


  • Master of Arts/Science (120 Credits)

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Education plan

Application information


A completed Bachelor's degree, corresponding to a Swedish Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university. Religion as Major (90 ects) or equivalent English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6.


University credits


Application *
Autumn 2023
Distance learning
2023 - 2025
Number of participants: 10
Location: Ortsoberoende
Application code: HIG-19212
Language: English
Pace: Full-time

*) The online application at opens approximately one month before application deadline.

Published by: Maria Åstrand Swenneke Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2021-08-10
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