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Theology, History of Ideas and Philosophy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #60 (ARWU) Aarhus, Denmark
The PhD in Theology, History of Ideas and Philosophy programme offered by Aarhus University offers a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary doctoral research within and across the fields concerned. Theological research is characterized by interaction between historical, literary, and systematic methods.
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Typically, research will focus on textual analysis and hermeneutics, society, the history of ideas and mentalities, dogma formation, ethics and contemporary interpretations of Christianity. The Theology, History of Ideas and Philosophy program from Aarhus University provides a broad research spectrum and supports PhD studies in any of the following fields:

  • Hebrew Bible Studies, with special focus on Religious Scientific Approaches, Narrative Theology, Anthropological and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • New Testament Studies, with special focus on Paul, John, Apocalypticism, Historiography, Reciprocity, as well as Christian Oriental Studies
  • Church History, with special focus on Mysticism, Reformation Theology and Confessional Cultures, as well as Iconographical Studies
  • Practical Theology, with special focus on Ecclesiastical and Ecumenical Studies as well as Social Welfare Studies
  • Systematic Theology, including Dogmatics, Ethics, Narrative Theology and the Philosophy of Religion, with special focus on research on K.E. Løgstrup

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
    • Danish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Philosophy and the Study of Ideas and Beliefs covers the areas of Philosophy, History of Ideas, and the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine, including interdisciplinary studies of human practices in professional and cultural contexts. The program provides a wide-ranging interdisciplinary research environment and supports postgraduate studies in any of the following fields:

  • History of Ideas and Philosophy, including both continental and Anglo-Saxon traditions with an emphasis on Idealism, Modernity, Metaphysics, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
  • Practice-Oriented Philosophy related to health practices, education and organizations and politics
  • Epistemology and Theories of Knowledge and Cognition
  • History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Historiography

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • The most important part of the application for admission to a PhD degree programme at the Faculty of Arts is your own project description. The project description explains the research project you propose to conduct as a PhD student in some detail, and it outlines the research plan.
  • The Graduate School of Arts offers two degree programmes, the 5+3 and the 4+4 programmes. One of the programmes is aimed at students who have not yet completed a Master’s degree (the 4+4 programme), while the other aims at applicants who have completed their Master’s degree (the 5+3 programme).

Tuition Fee

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Two different ways of financing:
  • a faculty scholarship from the Faculty of Arts and
  • external financing where your PhD education is paid by another stakeholder

Living costs for Aarhus

  • 6639 - 10060 DKK/month
    Living Costs

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At the Faculty of Arts there are two different types of PhD scholarships. Your previous education decides which type of scholarship you can apply for:
  • The 3-year PhD fellowships which you are enrolled in after completing a MA
  • The 4-year PhD scholarships which you are enrolled in after completing a BA and 60 ECTS of a master's programme

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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