Master’s studies

Master Programme in Religion in Peace and Conflict 2017/2018

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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, then the Master Programme in Religion in Peace and Conflict is for you.

This is a distance learning programme. The Swedish Migration Agency will not grant you with a Swedish residence permit to attend this programme.

Why this programme?

This is a Master’s programme for individuals whose experiences have brought them to care deeply about some part of our world and the moral predicaments therein.

This programme aims to:

  • help you to develop as potential public intellectuals – that is, a person who has reflected deeply about your own engagement and are thereby able to champion your ideas in writing and speaking.
  • introduce you to the field of religiously and ethically grounded social activism in the past and in present.
  • deepen your ability to analyse and critically discuss contested issues.
  • train you in oral and written public discussions.
  • sharpen your skills in researching and writing scholarly texts.
  • help you to participate in interdisciplinary research projects and identify issues that are of societal relevance.
  • develop your skills to plan, shape, and complete research projects in the area of religiously and ethically grounded engagement.
The full programme runs for two academic years. It is also possible to graduate after one year.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts in Theology (120 credits) with Studies in Church and Missions or Studies in Faiths and Worldviews as the main fields of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Arts in Theology (60 credits).


Courses within the programme

First semester
Religiously and Ethically Motivated Movements for Peace and Justice, 15 credits
Methodological Pluralism in the Study of Peace and Justice, 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.
Biography, Autobiography and Life Story, 15 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.
Elective courses, 15 credits
Thesis (Degree project), 15 credits

Third semester
Literature course, 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 wrote a 15 credits thesis during the second semester.
Thesis, 15 credits
Elective courses, 15 credits

Learning experience

The programme is given via distance on a full-time basis. Instruction is given through an online course portal. There is also an obligatory on-campus week in Uppsala once a year.

The teaching consists mostly of online seminars. You will work with case studies and present and discuss assignments with your fellow students. During the on-campus week there will be lectures, seminars and group assignments.

Courses are studied and examined one at a time. A short field study is included in the programme. The Master’s thesis can be based upon field study in a country of your choosing.

The teaching is done 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.

The programme may prepare you for a career in:

  • Civic-society organisation
  • Religious organisations
  • Education
  • Public authorities
  • International organisations


Master Programme in Religion in Peace and Conflict

120 credits

Autumn 2017 - 100 % - Distance learning Mixed

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2017-01-16

Enrolment Code: UU-M5519 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be in theology/religious studies, the humanities or the social sciences and include an independent academic work of at least 15 credits in the main field of study.

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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Selection: Higher education credits


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. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Contact and further resources

Department of Theology

Engelska parken, Thunbergsv. 3 B

Box 511, 751 20 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 2295

Fax: 018-710170


For programme-specific information, please contact: Mella Köjs

Telephone: +46 18 471 21 74

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