How are we to live in a world of other people’s pain? What are the obligations of those who are living well to those who suffer? Throughout history and across cultures people have been inspired by visions of a better world. If you are interested in the moral and ethical predicaments of the world we are living in, as well as the role given to various religious traditions involved, then the Master Programme in Religion in Peace and Conflict is for you.
Why this programme?
The Master Programme in Religion in Peace and Conflict will help you to evolve into a public intellectual, a person who reflects upon his or her engagement and wishes to argue for personal ideas and visions in the public discourse. You will acquire comprehensive knowledge in religiously and ethically biased social activism in history and present. It provides you with a set of methodological tools in order to be able to identify and analyse contested issues both independently and critically. The programme also develops your skills in writing longer academic texts, as well as to further plan, shape, and complete research projects in the area of religiously and ethically grounded engagement.
This is a distance learning programme. The Swedish Migration Agency will not grant you with a Swedish residence permit to attend this programme.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts in Theology (120 credits) with History and Social Sciences of Religion as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one year to obtain a Master of Arts in Theology (60 credits).
First semester Religiously and Ethically Motivated Movements for Peace and Justice, 15 credits Theory course, 7.5 credits Applied Method in the Study of Peace and Justice Movements, 7.5 credits
Second semester Alternative I – for students who aim at the two-year Master. Life Stories and Historical Moments, 7.5 credits Religion, Power and Politics, 7.5 credits Religion, Social Activism, and Media, 7.5 credits Project in Religious and Ethical Engagement, 7.5 credits
Alternative II – for students who will graduate after one year. This alternative is also intended for students who aim at the two-year Master but wish to write two 15 credits thesis. Life Stories and Historical Moments, 7.5 credits Religion, Power and Politics, 7.5 credits Thesis (Essay), 15 credits
Third semester Current Debates in Religion and Society, 7.5 credits Moral Leadership and Project Evaluations, 15 credits Field study, 7.5 credits
Fourth semester Alternative I Thesis (Essay), 30 credits
Alternative II – for students who writes a 15 credits thesis during the second semester. Thesis (Essay), 15 credits Religion, Social Activism, and Media, 7.5 credits Project in Religious and Ethical Engagement, 7.5 credits
The programme is given via distance on a full-time basis, but includes a compulsory on-campus week in Uppsala once a year. The teaching consists mostly of online seminars on course portals. You will work with case studies, and present and discuss assignments with your fellow students. Courses are studied and examined one at a time. During the on-campus week, there will be lectures, seminars and group assignments. A short field study is included in the programme. The Master’s thesis can also be based upon field study in a country of your choosing.
Instruction of the programme is in English. You are expected to read, write and speak English at an international academic level.
The Master Programme in Religion in Peace and Conflict is for those of you who are interested in social movements, including themes of peace, environment, animal rights, solidarity, and global justice.
Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognized university. The main field of study must be in theology/religious studies, law, the humanities or the social sciences and include an independent academic work of at least 15 credits in the main field of study.
Selection: The admissions decisions are made in relation to the quantity and quality of previous university studies and a personal letter in which you motivate your participation in the programme.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
Students are selected based on a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies and a letter of intent.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.