Centrum för teologi och religionsvetenskap

Humanistiska och teologiska fakulteterna | Lunds universitet

Structure and courses


Teaching in the programme combines distance e-learning, compact seminars (see below), course assignments, tutorials and traditional teaching at the host institutions.

For the web-teaching platform, see AULA:
For Religious Roots student blog and Religious Roots students' experiences and thoughts about the programme, see

Student mobility and compact seminars

Student mobility is an essential and integral part of the programme. Students are expected to participate in compact seminars at the other faculties and at the Nordic institutes in the Mediterranean area. As part of the two-year programme there will be two compact seminars in the first term (the first about two weeks long and the second about three to five days), two in the second (each of them about three to five days), two in the third (each of them about three to five days) and none in the fourth.

English as the programme language

The programme language is English. Classes are normally conducted from September to mid-December and from January to mid-May.


Religious Roots of Europe (RRE) is a master programme of 120 ECTS credits, and four terms of full time study. The programme combines mandatory courses and electives. The language of instruction is English. A completed programme leads to the following degree:

- Master of arts (with a major in the Religious Roots of Europe), 120 ECTS credits

The student will start with the modules in the upper line of this figure, ending up writing the Master's thesis in the fourth term:

Structure and Courses

Out of the 120 ECTS credits, 70 ECTS credits are mandatory courses:

- The Study of Ancient Religion (10 cred.)
- The emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (10 cred.)
- The three religions in contemporary perspective (10 cred.)
- Thesis colloquium (10 cred.)
- Master's thesis (30 cred.)

The rest of the courses are electives of three types: Interaction between the religions (10 hp), Text from a particular religion (10 hp), and Language courses (10 hp). For the first type you choose from courses on themes like conversion, women, holy texts, theology and philosophy etc. For the text courses you choose between courses on e.g. the Koran, the Talmud or early Christian hagiography. For the languages courses you can choose between at least four classical languages: Hebrew, Greek, Latin and Arabic.

The teaching combines e-learning, compact seminars, course assignments, tutorials and traditional teaching. Student mobility is essential to the programme. As a student you are expected to participate in compact seminars at the other Nordic host institutions about twice each term and once at one of the Nordic institutes in Rome. 


For a list of courses please visit