Religious Roots of Europe, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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This joint and international Religious Roots of Europe programme at University of Oslo explores the traditions, formative processes and mutual interactions of the three most influential religions of European culture and history: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.


The programme is a cooperation between the five Nordic universities of Aarhus, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lund and Oslo, and is based on online teaching, as well as seminars both at the host institutions and Nordic institues in the Mediterranean area.

The Religious Roots of Europe programme is delivered by University of Oslo.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Religious Roots of Europe programme will be able to pursue a number of different career paths in which theological, religious, and cultural expertise are needed.

At present, expertise in religious perspectives and questions is increasingly valued in various functions in society and different kind of companies and corporations.

The task of forming a successful career based on knowledge of religion requires an openness to diverse perspectives and a readiness to construct relevant connections.

Further studies

The RRE programme is an elite education that qualifies students to apply for further education to do innovative scholarly work, e.g., in PhD programmes.

The qualified teaching staff of the programme provides students with both specialized up-to-date knowledge and the relevant communication skills that are highly valued in current job markets.

Programme Structure

Teaching and courses

Teaching combines distance learning, compact seminars, course assignments, tutorials and traditional teaching at the individual host institutions. The courses will require the students to submit tutorials and hold verbal presentations.

The modules of every single term must be examined before the student can be examined for the modules of the next. There is a steady progression culminating in the fourth term with the master’s thesis. It follows that the master’s thesis should be assessed as the final module in the Programme.

As part of the Programme there will be two to three compact seminars in the first term, two in the second, and two in the third. The seminars will be held at the host institutions. Travel and accommodation are financed by the students.

Semester 1

  • Religion and society
  • Method and Theory
  • Optional course: Interaction, text or language
  • The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
For more information please bisit the programme website

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission to master's degree studies requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list.
  • a specialization defined by the programme
  • a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • a language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below:
    a) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) in Norwegian upper secondary school with a minimum grade of 4 (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or alternatively passed examination in English from second and/or third school year, orb) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.
Required specialization

Applicants should have a bachelorsdegree with a specializacion within or equivilent to:

  • theology
  • religious studies
  • classical philology
  • Semitic languages
  • classical archaeology
  • ancient history

Applicants also need documented proficiency in at least one of the following "classical" languages (i.e. 20 ECTS in one, or 10 ECTS in two of the languages):

  • Hebrew
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Arabic

In addition each applicant should submit a CV and a Letter of Motivation.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA


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