Master Theological Work in Church and Society, MTh

University of Helsinki

Application deadline: January 31
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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International students taken a lower of higher academic degree at the university abroad can complete the undergraduate degree of Master of Theology (MTh) which takes about two years. Finnish Masters degrees are equivalent to British and American Masters degrees and to German Magister Artium and the Ersten/Zweiten Staatsprüfung. Studies in the degree programme provides students with a thorough knowledge of the major subject and basic knowledge of the other subjects studied in the programme. Studies emphasise further the ability to utilise scientific knowledge and methods as well as good communication and language skills.
Depending on the native language of the applicant students can study either in Finnish or English. Studying in English most common methods of taking the courses are taking book exams and writing essays, unless there are available lecture courses in English (see Teaching in English 2012-2013 and the Study Guide).

Employment opportunities
Many theologians find employment within research institutions and administrative and journalistic assignments at govern-mental or non-governmental institutions requiring keen under-standing of the impact of the religious cultures in todays society. Graduates from the programme are also able to apply for postgraduate studies in Theology. Please note that the degree programme does not qualify the graduates to work as a pastor in Evangelic-Lutheran Church in Finland.


The Masters degree programme consists of 120 ECTS-compatible credits. The content of the degree programme is classified according to the level and type of each study module.

* International students choosing the A2 studies option must complete 70 ECTS-compatible credits of compulsory studies (advanced studies and the Masters thesis) and 50 ECTS-compatible credits of elective studies (advanced, intermediate, minor-subject, applied and Finnish or Swedish studies).
* The objective of advanced studies is that students learn to contribute to independent and critical scientific knowledge. Thus advanced studies mostly consist of writing the Masters thesis (usually 60100 pages).
* Intermediate studies provide an opportunity to acquire a deeper insight into the five theological disciplines taught in the Faculty.
* Applied studies are not compulsory for international degree students.
* Students can complete minor-subject studies in another faculty or university.
* Students can include Finnish or Swedish language studies up to a maximum of 25 credits


International students may be accepted to pursue a Master of Theology degree in specialist option A2 if they have completed an applicable (Theology, Religious Studies, History, Philosophy) Bachelors or Masters degree.

A graduate applicant is a person who has previously completed a Bachelor or Master's degreeat a higher education institution abroad. The Bachelors degree is the lower undergraduate degree usually completed in three or four years of full-time study (or the scope of the takendegree should correspond to a Finnish Bachelors degree (180 credits).
The completed degree must also include 60 credits of studies in theology at basic and intermediate level and in one classical language. If the completed degree does not include such studies, the applicant must complete them as supplementary studies.

An applicant who has completed a Bachelors or Masters degree at a university in a country other than Finland may be accepted to the Faculty of Theology without passing an entrance examination. The Facultys Admissions Board will assess the quality and scope of such applicants previous degrees.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92


The University of Helsinki is giving about 50 start-up grants to qualified students who are accepted to study in an International Master's Degree Programme. The amount of each grant will be 1000-1500 euro. The grants are not meant to cover living expenses, but we hope that the little extra money helps our new students to settle in Helsinki.

The International Student Grant is available for students who are admitted in 2013 into the programmes below:

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