Building on the Bachelor’s Degrees of the students, this Master’s Programme aims for its students to acquire:
- Advanced knowledge of the religious traditions at the root of European culture in their formative periods.
- A deeper understanding of the formative processes of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the parallels and differences among the three traditions and the interaction of their followers.
- The ability to apply and to use relevant scholarly methods and to understand and to describe these theoretically
- Skills to communicate their knowledge of the subject matter, their theoretical insights and to transmit their acquired methods to others both orally and in writing.
- Tools to evaluate critically the role of the three religions in contemporary society.
Graduates of the RRE Programme will be able to pursue different career paths in which theological, religious, and cultural expertise is needed. What could be more relevant in today's society, so ambivalently entangled in religious questions, than knowledge about the roots?
At present, expertise in religious perspectives and questions is increasingly valued in various functions of the society and of diverse companies and corporations. A graduate from this programme will be able to enter into specialized occupations in government institutions or organizations dealing with culture, integration, diplomacy and in private firms for example with business relations with the Middle East. The qualified teaching staff of the programme endows students with both specialized up-to-date knowledge and relevant communication skills which are highly valued in current job markets.
The RRE programme qualifies students for Ph.D. programmes
As far as doctoral studies are concerned, the RRE programme qualifies students to apply for further education in innovative scholarly work, e.g., in various Ph.D. programmes.
Research at Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Lund University and Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (CTR) is internationally well known for top quality research in Ancient History, Classics, Biblical Studies, Jewish Studies, Church History and Islamic Studies. Within the field of Early Christianity, and in particular Patristics, Lund has a long history of international scholarship.
CTR offers BA and MA degrees as well as PhD programmes in Jewish studies, Islamic studies and in various areas of Christian Theology. CTR is one of the active partners of the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University and cooperates closely with the sections for Classical and Semitic languages at the Centre for Languages and Literature.
The Collegium Patristicum Lundense, which is associated with the CTR, has for 30 years promoted Nordic cooperation within Patristic Studies. Together with CTR the collegium organizes regular seminars, symposia and Nordic conferences on Early Christianity with all its aspects, and the seminar for Patristics is an active graduate seminar regularly visited by international scholars in the field.
A major reseach programme at CTR is Early Monasticism and Classical Paideia (financed by the The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, and led by Professor Samuel Rubenson). The research programme studies the transformation of the classical heritage in the early developments of monasticism, and thus looks at connections between Jewish, Hellenic and Christian philosophy with focus on ethics, anthropology and ascetic behaviour. A special emphasis is on the inclusion of Coptic, Syriac, Arabic and Ethiopic in addition to the Greek and Latin traditions.
Teaching Staff in Lund
Links to other universities
- University of Helsinki: www.helsinki.fi/universitetet/
- University of Copenhagen: www.ku.dk/english/
- University of Oslo: www.uio.no/english/
- University of Aarhus: www.au.dk/en/