Religious Roots of Europe, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #62 (ARWU) ,
This joint and international Religious Roots of Europe programme offered by the 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.


This joint and international Religious Roots of Europe programme offered by the University of Oslo. 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

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.

Courses include:

  • 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

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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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. 
  • 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 in Norwegian upper secondary school with a minimum grade of 4  or alternatively passed examination in English from second and/or third school year, orb) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Oslo

  • 8700 - 16000 NOK/month
    Living Costs

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