The Programme of Professional Study in Theology is an interesting choice for those who want to learn more about faith and theology and how we can convey the Bible's stories and messages in today’s society so that they feel relevant.
About the programme
Students on the Programme of Professional Study in Theology study for the degree cand. theol. and have the opportunity for ordination to clergy service in the Church of Norway and in other denominations. They will also be qualified to work in organizations locally and globally.
As a theologian, you can also work in teaching, as a missionary or in research. There is a great demand for theological expertise.
Structure of the study programme
The Programme of Professional Study in Theology is a six-year programme (360 ECTS credits). The first cycle degree is seven semesters (3.5 years), and this then continues with studies at the second cycle level (2.5 years). A total of 65 ECTS credits in practical theological studies are integrated into the programme. The study programme has three distinct focuses: missionary work, diaconia, and leadership, and aims to prepare students for service and leadership in a local and global context.
The main subjects in the study programme are the Old Testament, the New Testament and the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew, the teachings of faith, ethics, church history, religious science, missionary theology and practical theology.
First cycle degree (Bachelor)
The one-year Programme in Christianity, Religion, Philosophy of Life and Ethics constitutes the first year of the Bachelor’s degree in Theology. The second and third years consist of
courses such as Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek. In addition, students will be introduced to practical theological studies like preaching, teaching, pastoral care, liturgy, missionary work and diaconia. The priest's role as a spiritual leader and communicator of the Bible's message in today’s society is a core element of the study programme.
Students will undertake work placements in churches and/or institutions, and will have the opportunity to work in church and missionary contexts in Africa or Asia.
Second cycle degree (Master)
Students immerse themselves in central theological disciplines that are based on the academic content of the first cycle degree. The programme has a global perspective, both academically and socially, with several international students. The language of instruction is English, but written work and exams can be submitted in Norwegian. Students can spend one semester studying at a theological institution abroad. Students will write a Master's thesis of 30 ECTS credits in a theological discipline that they are particularly interested in. The programme concludes with a final semester in practical theology.
Students can take a semester abroad. For more details, see the information on international exchanges.