Master of Theology is a two-year programme that focuses on various theological subjects. In addition to in-depth knowledge in fields relevant for academic theological study and research, the programme also provides insight on philosophy of science and methodological questions, and experience in conducting independent scientific studies. Master of Theology prepares you for further academic research and contribute to your academic and interdisciplinary understanding.

The degree Master of Theology amounts to 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), included a written thesis of 30 or 60 ECTS. The programme is usually completed in 2 years

General information

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this programme must have a bachelor degree in Christian theology or equivalent to be eligible for admission.

The other requirements for admission are stated on the following page: http://www.mf.no/en/studies/admission-requirements

Contact

Contact student counsellor, Department of Theology.

How many are admitted each year?

All qualified applicants will be offered admission

Duration

General information: The degree Master of Theology amounts to 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), included a written Thesis for 30 or 60 ECTS. The programme is usually completed in 2 years. (As stated in 'Forskrift om krav til mastergrad', § 4 og § 6 [200-07-02-738]).

Qualification

Master of Theology

More about the programme

Organization

The following requirements must be fulfilled to obtain the degree Master of Theology at MF Norwegian School of Theology:

- theological courses of at least 120 ECTS, all on master level (500(0)-/600(0)-level),

- theological courses in at least two of the main disciplines of theology (Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology and Practical Theology). The courses listed below are obligatory insofar these are the only relevant courses taught in English.

- an independent thesis (60 ECTS). Each student is normally assigned a supervisor in connection with the methodology course,

- to obtain the degree with a specialisation, courses of at least 30 ECTS in the discipline must be part of the programme. The thesis will usually focus on the same discipline. The common specialisation is Theology, Mission and Society.

- at least 60 ECTS (included thesis) must be completed at MF Norwegian School of Theology to obtain the degree. Documented equivalent studies from other academic institutions can be included in the programme.

 

Programme Structure and Requirements

The programme consists of two major parts: course work with final assessment in each course, and a thesis work with a final assessment, including an oral examination. The course work will amount 60 ECTS credits (dependent on thesis size) and includes between about 5000 to 6000 pages of required reading in English and active participation in lectures and seminars. The thesis work amounts to 60 ECTS credits comprising writing of a thesis under the supervision of a faculty supervisor on a mutually agreed topic and based on additional literature (as necessary). The thesis is to be an independent scholarly research work.

The syllabus of the programme consists of different kinds of courses. The core courses are required and make up a core curriculum common for all students. The elective(s) may be chosen according to the particular needs and interests of the student.


What is ECTS?

ECTS - The European Credit Transfer System - is the European system for calculating the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme. This European integration of calculating the student workload is one of the objectives of the Bologna Declaration (1999) with its ultimate goal stated in 2001 to create a «European higher education area».

One credit is around 25-30 working hours. 60 ECTS is one year of study, amounting to 1500-1800 working hours. 10 Ects normally requires 6-7 weeks of full-time work.

 

What will you learn?

Learning outcomes: The programme Master of Theology as a whole will give the student:

- in-depth knowledge in fields relevant for academic theological study and research

- an academic and interdisciplinary understanding

- ability for independent academic reflection, methodical study of academic literature and written presentation thereof

- insight on philosophy of science and methodological questions, and experience in conducting independent scientific studies

- a basis for further academic research

- necessary skills for working in school, church and society

- a better foundation for communicating academic theological insights in dialogue with other academic disciplines and with other partners within the realm of society and culture

ENGLISH
KNOWLEDGE
After finishing the degree the candidate:
- has in-depth knowledge in fields relevant for academic theological study and research
- has an academic and interdisciplinary understanding of theology as an academic discipline
- has insight in philosophy of science and methodological questions
SKILLS
After finishing the degree the candidate:
- has the ability to carry out independent academic reflection, methodical study of academic literature and written presentation thereof
- has experience in conducting independent scientific studies
has the ability to communicate academic theological insights in dialogue with other academic disciplines and with other partners within the realm of society and culture
GENERAL COMPETENCE
After finishing the degree the candidate:
- has a basis for further academic research
- has the necessary skills for working in school, church and society
- has basic insight in Christian and religious topics which are asked for in churches, media, organizations and the culture at large
NORSK
KUNNSKAP
Ved fullført mastergrad skal studenten:
- ha fordypet innsikt på viktige områder innenfor de fag- og forskningsfelt som er relevant for teologien
- ha en helhetsforståelse av teologien som fag
- ha innsikt i vitenskapsteoretiske og metodiske problemstillinger
FERDIGHETER
Ved fullført mastergrad skal studenten:
- ha evnen til selvstendig faglig refleksjon, til metodisk arbeid med fagstoffet og til skriftlig framstilling av fagstoff
- ha erfaring med og evne til å gjennomføre et selvstendig vitenskapelig arbeid
- ha evne til å formidle fagets innhold i møte med andre fag og med samfunnet og kulturen for øvrig
GENERELL KOMPETANSE
Ved fullført mastergrad skal studenten:
- ha grunnlag for å kunne drive videre forskning
- være dyktiggjort for yrkesutøvelse i skole, kirke og samfunn
- ha gode faglige forutsetninger for å kunne formidle fagets innhold på en kritisk reflektert måte i møte med andre fagtradisjoner og aktuelle utfordringer i samtidens kontekst
- ha grunnleggende innsikt i kristne og religiøse tema som etterspørres i kirker, i mediesektoren, i organisasjoner og ellers i kultur- og samfunnsliv

Teaching

Lectures and seminars

Learning and Teaching Methods

MF Norwegian School of Theology offers lectures and seminars taught in English. Only parts of the curriculum will be taught. The students are expected to be present in the classes that are set up for the master programme. They are encouraged to form informal study groups among themselves. Contracted tuition and supervision is provided during the writing of the Thesis.

Assessment methods:

Most courses have different course work/assignments (book reports, essays, seminar presentations) to be completed during the lectures/seminars, and in the end of the course there is final assessment (written examination, thesis and oral examination).

Concentrations

Theology, Mission and Society

3.sem./4.semAVH5010
Thesis for Master of Theology:
(60 stp)
2.sem.Methodology
MET5910, MET5920 or MET5010
MV601 or ElectiveElective
1.sem.NT513
The New Testament - Biblical Theology
(10 stp)
K5410
Systematic Theology
(10 stp)
TEOL5610
Changing Mission - Main Issues in Missiology
(10 stp)

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