PhD programme

Are you considering a career in research? The PhD program is an opportunity if you want to further your studies after completing a master’s degree.

Admission requirements
- a Master’s degree within a relevant subject area, or cand.theol.
- a good project description for a PhD thesis with a scheduled time-frame of completion
- documentation of how to finance the studies 

3 years full time/ 6 years part time (180 ECTS). 
The assessment will be a trial lecture and a public defense of the PhD thesis.

Application form
Use this form when applying for PhD studies



MF Norwegian School of Theology offers Doctoral Programmes (PhD) in Theology and Religious Education / Religious Studies. 

A PhD qualifies you for teaching at the college/university level, for research activities, and for other work where there are high standards of scholarly insight, skill, and well developed analytical thinking. MF's programme is open to applicants from other universities and colleges in Norway and abroad.


In order to be admitted to MF’s PhD Program, the applicant must have completed a five year master’s program in Theology, Religious Studies, Religious Education or their equivalent. The application for admission to the doctoral program shall contain:

  • A project proposal for the thesis
  • A detailed plan for completion of the project, including interim deadlines, etc.
  • An account of project funding
  • An account of the need for academic supervision and the name(s) of proposed supervisor(s)
  • Any relevant plans for extended stays at other research institutions
  • A plan for publication/dissemination of results
  • Documentation of educational background that qualifies for admission

Fields of Research/Disciplines
MF’s research is centred around the fields of Theology, Religion and Society, including disciplines such as:

The Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (OT/HB)
The New Testament (NT)
Church History and Cultural History
Systematic Theology
Practical Theology
Religious Education
Religious Studies
Sociology of Religion
Psychology of Religion
Social Sciences

PhD Coordinator, Dr.Theol. Nils Aksel Røsæg
P: +47 22 59 05 53

Research Schools
MF hosts an interdisciplinary research school for PhD students working in the field of Religion and Society, The Research School Religion Values Society (RVS) as well as participate in the Research School Authoritative Texts and their Reception: National Research School in Textual Interpretation (ATTR). Participants in the research school are offered a course where distinguished scholars who have done research in various relevant topics participate, and where a main aim is to build networks between senior researchers and Ph.D. students. The research school arranges an annual one-week summer school in Lesbos, Greece. See more information about these two research schools here.


Does MF offer financial assistance to international students?
MF does not offer any scholarships. All international students must arrive in Oslo with adequate funding to pay for student fees, registration fees, accommodation, and other living expenses. Apart from a relatively small student fee/ registration fee there is no tuition fee to study at MF.