Master Theology

University of Lausanne

Application deadline: Autumn semester : 30 April; Spring semester : 30 November
Tuition fee: Visit Programme Website
Start date: September  2015, February  2016
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • French
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The Master of Theology offers five areas of study, of which students must choose three. Courses consist of lectures, seminars, sessions and course work. It should be noted that students who wish to join the ministry must choose practical theology. The programme is designed to provide students with extensive knowledge and specific skills in the various fields of theology.

Areas of study:

  • Bible studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Religious studies
  • Ethics and systematic theology
  • Practical theology

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Programme outline

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Master of Theology

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters), 120 ECTS credits

Courses, 90 credits

Area 1, 30 credits

Area 2, 30 credits

Area 3, 30 credits

Dissertation, 30 credits

Courses in the history of Christianity, ethics and systematic theology are offered at the University of Geneva: those in Bible studies and religious studies at the University of Lausanne; and those in practical theology at the University of Neuchâtel. For more information, visit:


Students may go on exchange regardless of how many credits they have completed at the Faculty. Students may earn no more than 30 credits (or spend no more than one semester) on exchange.

Career opportunities

A Master of Theology leads to a number of opportunities in a variety of fields, such as: academic research (doctorate, post-doctorate), ecclesiastical professions (ministry, chaplaincy), social services (marriage counsellor, care, support), the media (journalism, communications), human resources, government and non-governmental organisations, the book industry (publishing, bookshops).


Faculty of Theology: Uni Bastions, 5 rue De-Candolle, 1211 Genève 4

Student affairs: T. +41 (0)22 379 74 22 (le matin)

Academic advisors: Bachelor´s, PhD, certificate Mr Christophe Pisteur T. +41 (0)22 379 72 55


Students choose three branches from among the five proposed: Biblical Studies, History of Christianity, Systematic Theology and Ethics, Practical Theology, and Religious Studies. Teaching takes the form of courses, semi-nars, intensive sessions or practical work.

The Master’s runs over 4 semesters.ExaminationsCourses are validated by internal validations as indicated by teaching staff at the start of the semester.In every area of specialisation studied, the final exam is obligatory if the area of specialisation is not the subject of the dissertation and is optional otherwise. This examination may take the form of a written or oral test or a library research project

The student chooses 3 branches from 5 for a total of 90 ECTS.
Added to this is a Master’s dissertation worth 30 ECTS.

Biblical Studies

  • Exegesis of the Old and New Testament, Inter-testamentary and Apocryphal Christian Literatures30 ECTS
History of Christianity
  • Key periods in the history of Christianity, study of sources, cross-disciplinary subjects30 ECTS
Systematic Theology and Ethics
  • Study of the problems and challenges of the Christian tradition; Fundamental Ethics and Applied Ethics30 ECTS
Practical Theology
  • Pedagogy of Religion, Homiletics and Liturgy, Pastoral Dialogue, Ecclesiology30 ECTS
Study of Religions
  • History of Religions, Psychology and Sociology of Religions, Judaism, Religions of India, Migrations30 ECTSMaster’s Dissertation30 ECTS


Level of French required

Eliminatory general test and additional written test for non-Francophones with the exception of the following cases:

Admission criteria

A Bachelor of Theology or equivalent degree

Enrolment at one of the three faculties of theology (Geneva, Lausanne or Neuchâtel)


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