Ph.D. On Campus

Theology and Religion

VID Specialized University

36 months
600 EUR/year
600 EUR/year
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The program in theology and religion is intended to prepare students for professional careers in teaching, writing, and scholarship, as well as for leadership opportunities with religious organizations, social service agencies, NGOs, publishing, and in educational institutions.


Theology and Religion are two distinct scholarly fields which historically represented rather different research perspectives on religious faith. 

The programme

The program is geared towards critical reflection on these traditions and the spectre of methods they represent.As such, the program offers an interdisciplinary context for one's specialized concentration, whether it is sacred texts and their Interpretation, systematic theology, ethics, historical and cultural Studies of religion, or empirical research on religious practice.


The MHS PhD Program is accredited by Norwegian educational authorities, with a “Forskrift”/“Regulations” as the key document.

Programme Structure

Pre-course work: read the curriculum of the course (300-400 pp.) and write a 500 words note in relation to the thesis project.

  • Course week: lectures and group work, 14 hours/two days.
  • Post-course work: write a 3.000 words essay in relation to the thesis project, based on the curriculum and lectures.

Annual cycle:

  • Course week in fall semester: PhD901 (Basis I) and PhD902 (Basis II).
  • Course week in spring semester: each of the theory/method courses, PhD905,

PhD906, and PhD907.

  • In both course weeks: a one day PhD seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the PhD programme normally requires five years of basic education (that is at least a Master's Degree or equivalent) in Theology, Religious studies or other related academic disciplines.
  • The project description is a key document in the application/admission process, and applicants are advised to put much time and consideration into this document. It should be a text of 8-10 pages, explaining the project with a focus on problem, sources and method, and relating it to the current research situation. It should also discuss potential legal and research ethical challenges, such as whether the project is dependent on permission granted by committees on research ethics.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 300 EUR per semester during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 300 EUR per semester during 36 months.

Total per semester: Kr 3100

Living costs for Stavanger

10497 - 15897 NOK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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