Theology and Religious Studies - the upcoming doctoral studies programme

Important! This study programme is in a preparation stage, the planned time when the programme would be licenced: May - June 2021. More precise information about the study programme and the admission criteria will be available after the programme will be licenced. For more information:

The doctoral study programme “Theology and Religious Studies” offers its students to learn the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to do independent research. Together with academic staff students can participate in research projects and giving lectures. The study programme also offers the opportunity to take part in processes that are connected with research and its communication to wider society – international and national conferences, lectures of guest lecturers, seminars of dissertation themes and also science popularization events. In this study programme, the important tendencies in theology and religious research are taken into account focusing its theoretical aspects on the globalised character of religious phenomena. Special attention during seminars is given to the methodology of research and the writing and publishing process of publications. Successfully graduating from this programme, PhD candidates will be prepared for work in academic and other research institutions, as well as they will be able to work as high-level professionals outside of the academic environment. Within this study programme, there will be a common module with the doctoral programme of Theology and Religious Studies School in Tartu University.


The director of programme

Doctoral students mostly work on researching their subject that results in a dissertation (at least 170 pages) in one of the European Union’s languages. Parallel that students participate in different courses in which they discuss the newest tendencies and methods in theology and religious studies and how to use this knowledge and skills within their research.

Within fields that are connected with religious research and the analytics of tendencies and processes that happen nowadays (Universities, institutions, media), administration (national and regional institutions, religious and non-profit organizations), praxis (churches and other religious organizations – within the fields of pastoral care, spiritual support and growth), and also with religious education and general service industry (for example, support for health workers, social and pastoral care).

3 years or 6 semesters (full time). Lectures mostly take place on weekday afternoons depending on the schedule of each lecturer.  
EUR 2400 per year
PhD in philosophy, ethics and religion

Previous education: master's degree in any science field 

During the admission interviews, the applicants are rated after the sum of received points. The results of this are used to determine which applicant will be able to study in the budget places. 

More information about the admission criteria: Doctoral study programmes (