The study program is based on courses in social sciences and religious studies. An essential part of the program is to give insight into the different ways by which religion is shaped by various local and regional social conditions. The program aims at developing the knowledge acquired at the bachelor's level, in order to give a more profound understanding of the relationship between religion and society in a global perspective.
The Master's degree qualifies for further studies on the PhD level. The Master's program is a two-year academic course of study.
To be considered for admission to this programme the applicant must have
- a bachelor degree or equivalent education
- a group of 80 ECTS within the social sciences or religious studies/theology, of which at least 20 ECTS are aconcentration
- at least 20 ECTS within religious studies/theology for students with a background in the social sciences, and at least 20 ECTS within the social sciences for students with a background in religious studies/theology
The other requirements are found on the following page: http://www.mf.no/en/studies/admission-requirements
The following courses from MF will be approved as both courses in social science and courses in religious studies, when applying for admission:
SAM1070 Religion og samfunn: Norge i dag
SAM2030 Religion og samfunn II: Globale perspektiver
SAM2035 Religion og samfunn III: Idéer og perspektiver
SAM2040 Menneskerettigheter og livssynsminoriteter
SAM2070 Religion og samfunn II: Religionssosiologisk fordypning
SAM2075 Religion og samfunn III: Globale perspektiver
SAM2530 Misjon, internasjonal diakoni og bistand
The courses SAM1515 Interkulturell kommunikasjon, SAM1525 Interkulturell kommunikasjon - Studieopphold and SAM2510 Interkulturell kommunikasjon II will be credited with 10 ECTS religious studies in all for these three courses. Besides each of the courses will count as 10 ECTS studies in social science.
4 semesters full-time.
Master in Religion, Society and Global Issues
The following courses are compulsory in the study programme:
Religion in the Public Sphere (10 ECTS)
Religion, Culture and Global Issues (10 ECTS)
Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation (10 ECTS)
Scientific Methods (10 ECTS)
In addition, the students will choose 2 elective courses (20 ECTS).
The study is divided into two levels: obligatory courses within the study programme (500-level), and elective courses (600-level).
The Structure of the Study Programme (curriculum)
|2.sem.||MET5010 Qualitative |
and Quantitative Methods
|Elective (10 stp)|
|Elective (10 stp)|
|2.sem.||Possible semester abroad|
Religion in the Public Sphere
Religion, Culture and Global Issues
Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation
|10 ECTS credits||10 ECTS credits||10 ECTS credits|
The Master's programme aims at providing education for positions within research and education, as well as within Norwegian and international institutions and organizations, where knowledge of religion in an international and global perspective is required. It is also relevant for positions of leadership within the public and private sector. The Master's degree qualifies for further studies on a doctoral level.
The Programme Master of Religion, Society and Global Issues consists of 120 ECTS, including a thesis worth 60 ECTS. The study programme is built on different courses and the independent work on the Master's thesis. Each course consists of 10 ECTS. For each course, learning outcomes and competences are formulated emphasising the students' insights into central scientific problems. The competence aims are formulated independently for each subject. The learning outcomes are formulated on three levels; ability to basic, ability and good ability. The work to fulfil these learning outcomes will contribute to reaching the competence aims, and is the basis for evaluation. (Cf. Organisering, arbeidsformer og vurdering under, og emnebeskrivelsene samt vedlegget med Nivåspesifikke vurderingskriterier på 500-/600-nivå). The objectives of the study will be fulfilled through courses on a Master's level, 60 ECTS, including a compulsory course in scientific methods (10 ECTS). The students will write a thesis worth 60 ECTS. As a main rule the students must have passed all the other courses in the program before they can hand in the master's thesis.
The study programme is based on courses in the social sciences and religious studies. An essential part of the programme is to give insight into the different ways by which religion is shaped by various local and regional social conditions. The study courses must be viewed in light of these premises. The programme aims at developing the knowledge acquired at the bachelor's level, in order to give a more profound understanding of the relationship between religion and society in a global perspective. The courses within the programme have a common basis in the social sciences and religious studies. The study will be in dialogue with research within theology and religious studies, and is scientifically legitimated by these disciplines. This dialogue will also contribute to an understanding of the different theories and methods employed by these disciplines.
The main perspectives of the programme focus on different aspects of the global and social characters and contexts of religion. The profile of the Master's programme can be summarized in the following way:
- The programme is based on religious studies/Christian theology. It views the activities of religious organizations and institutions both as sources of conflicts and as potential resources for peace making. The programme uses instruments from religious concepts of conflict measurement, reconciliation and peace work.
- The study is also based on the social sciences. The Master's degree is built on a common basis of obligatory courses and electives as fundaments for both a study within the sociology of religion and a globally oriented study.
The programme is interreligious in its orientation. In the requirements for admission the study presupposes insights into one or more of the world religions and basic competence within religious studies. The study gives insight into different faith positions andinto intercultural communication.
Each student may profile her or his study programme by choosing electives courses and the topic of the thesis. The programme allows for relevant electives on the same level from other universities or colleges in Norway or abroad.
The main aims for this programme are as follows:
- To provide knowledge of and insights into the role of religion in social cohesion and conflict in a globalised world. The study also aims at providing the ability to define and analyze different conflicts according to their sociological, cultural and religious presuppositions.
- to strengthen independent critical reflection, the ability
to work methodically, and to give written presentations
of the study material,
- to educate for positions within research and teaching,
- to develop skills which will enable students to work in the public and private sector at a national and/or international level, in aid organizations, international religious and/or secular organizations, and in various multicultural contexts.
The aims of the master programme will be realized through the participation in courses on the master¿s level and through writing a thesis (60 ECTS).
The programme Master of Religion, Society and Global Issues follows the rules for academic degrees, study programs, study plan, educational plans, modes of assessment, examinations, modes of evaluation, established by MF Norwegian School of Theology ("Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen»).
|Academic qualification||-has advanced knowledge of the role of religion in social cohesion and conflict in a globalized world|
-has good knowledge of the role of religion in reconciliation processes
- has good knowledge of the role of religion in the public sphere
- has good knowledge of research methods and academic writing through a master’s thesis
|Didactic qualification||-knows how to present knowledge about the role of religion in different contexts|
|Academic width||-has good knowledge about different academic perspectives on religion and society within ethics, sociology of religion, cultural anthropology, political theory, intercultural communication and science of religion|
|Competence of change||-has ability to understand the need to revise traditional attitudes towards the role of religion in a rapidly changing, globalized society|
|Updating||-has competence to acquire and make use of new knowledge of the field and to use it in different contexts|
|Religion in society||-has enough relevant knowledge about the role of religion in society to be able to develop the understanding of this role in different sectors of society|
|Theory and practice||-has developed skills which make it possible to work in the public and private sector at a national and/or international level, in aid organizations, international religious and/or secular organizations, and in various multicultural contexts|
-is able to use theoretically founded knowledge in an active and flexible way in different work situations and to give good reasons for choice of actions in practical work challenges
-is able to work methodically and to discuss relevant experiences from practice in order to contribute to development of new theories and practices
|Relevant tools||-has good skills in implementing knowledge about religion and society in different contexts|
-is able to give good reasons for choices in particular work challenges and to be a leader of specific projects
|Planning and carrying out||-is able to take part in planning and realization of specific work projects which requires knowledge about the role of religion in society|
|Academic reflection and development||-is able to use one’s own academic competence and understands the need to develop this competence|
-is able to reflect on one’s own and other peoples’ practices and to change direction through supervision
|Acting together||-understands the role of her/his specific competence in a work fellowship|
-is able to work in team, to build networks and cooperate with different institutions
|Professional ethics||-has a good understanding of fundamental ethical challenges in the field of religion and society, especially in relation to issues about prevention/solution of conflicts|
-is able to develop an independent critical reflection
-has a good understanding of the basic challenges in professional ethics
|Communication||-has ability to communicate academic knowledge in in different contexts|
|Innovative competence||-is able to keep updated on relevant academic debates and to implement new knowledge in particular work processes|
This programme aims at providing education for positions within research and education, as well as within Norwegian and international institutions and organizations, where knowledge of religion in an international and global perspective is required. It is also relevant for positions of leadership within the public and private sector. The Master´s degree qualifies for further studies on a doctoral level.
Through MF's exchange agreements, you might take part of your studies abroad. This opportunity will give you both new academic perspectives as well as memories for a life.
We recommend study abroad during the 1st year, 2nd semester.
MF has both bilateral agreements and cooperation within the Nordplus and Erasmus+ programmes. This gives you the opportunity to choose from universities in several parts of the world, and we recommend one of the following universities as part of the Master in RSGI:
Tilburg University, Netherlands
Aristotle University, Greece
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
MF will facilitate your study abroad in the 2nd semester of your studies. However, you should plan in advance, and we advise you to start organizing necessary procedures one year before your studies abroad.
For more information see MFs webpages for study abroad.
You can view study programmes for earlier terms here. Please note that these are only in Norwegian.