Master’s studies

Syllabus for Master Programme in Religion in Peace and Conflict

Masterprogram i religion i fred och konflikt

A later update of this programme syllabus has been published.

  • 120 credits
  • Programme code: RRP2M
  • Established: 2009-04-28
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Revised: 2016-03-08
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Syllabus applies from: Autumn 2016
  • Responsible faculty: Faculty of Theology
  • Responsible department: Department of Theology

Entry Requirements

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.


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:

  • analyse 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;
  • problematise 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