Master’s studies

Syllabus for Master Programme in Religion in Peace and Conflict

Masterprogram i religion i fred och konflikt

  • 120 credits
  • Programme code: RRP2M
  • Established: 2009-04-28
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Revised: 2017-09-07
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Syllabus applies from: Autumn 2018
  • Responsible faculty: Faculty of Theology
  • Responsible department: Department of Theology

Entry Requirements

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


The program aims to help all students develop as potential public professional intellectuals, persons who have reflected deeply about their own engagement and who are thereby able to champion their ideas in writing and speaking. There is power in understanding the histories in which one partakes, the theories and methods of social engagement, and the arts of persuasion. Such knowledge may give one the power to change other people’s lives and perhaps one’s own.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the program, the student is expected to be able to:

  • analyze and critically discuss different theories and methods of significance to religious and ethically based peace and justice movements;
  • orally and in writing communicate issues of relevance to the course to an academic as well as a non-academic audience;
  • show examples of how different religious groups express their commitment to peace and justice;
  • problematize the role of religion in different types of conflict.
  • discuss theoretical frameworks and choices of method in different research projects;
  • apply knowledge of scientific theories in concrete situations;
  • plan and discuss theoretical frameworks and choice of method in a personal research project with a very high degree of independence define, design and carry out a research task related to religious and ethically based peace and justice movements;
  • produce a longer, well-argued and well written thesis in English


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, 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. Lectures are, if possible, on some of the individual courses via the learning platform. 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.

The teaching is done in English. You are expected to read, write and speak English at an international academic level.


The full programme runs for two academic years. It leads to a Master of Divinity in the History of Religions and social science (120 credits). It is also possible to graduate after one year to obtain a Master of Arts in Theology (60 credits).

Other Directives

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