Master's Programme: Religious Roots of Europe (120 ECTS credits)

About Religious Roots of Europe

Religious Roots of Europe (RRE) is a two-year Nordic Master’s programme offered by the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University in cooperation with two other Nordic universities (Copenhagen and Oslo). The teachers in the programme are consequently prominent researchers and professors from all three universities.

Judaism, Christianity and Islam all originated in the Middle East, but have grown to become the religious roots of contemporary Europe. This programme goes back to the roots and explores the early development of the three religions; not as isolated cultures but as traditions that have inspired one another and defined themselves in relation to each other. In the programme the three religions are studied not separately but together. And since history is not only about the past – but also about the past that is present – the religions are even studied in a contemporary perspective.

The application period is open from mid-October to mid-January. For the possibility of late applications, please contact our coordinator at Lund University (religiousrootsctr.luse). A new cycle starts each fall.

Programme coordinator: Andreas Westergren, religiousrootsctr.luse.

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Read more and apply for the Religious Roots of Euorope here.

If you need to take a course to meet the language requirement, CTR offers online courses in Old Testament Hebrew and New Testament Greek, where the language of instruction is Swedish.

There are also online courses in Hebrew and Arabic, offered by University of Copenhagen, with English as the language of instruction. If you are interested in these courses, please e-mail religiousrootsctr.luse for more information.

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"Participating in the Religious Roots of Europe program through Lund University has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. When I joined the RRE program two years ago, I could not have known how much the program would stretch me academically and personally."

Theresa Haynes RRE student

"I began RRE self-conscious of my limitations as a nontraditional student who had been absent from the traditional classroom for several years, but with the help of my patient professors and wonderfully diverse cohort of students, I was able to succeed.

RRE is a unique program  that combines history and religious studies through a format of both online learning and in-person, international seminars. The result is a rich dialogue between students of diverse religious and national backgrounds. The combination of distance learning and in-person seminars also provides an opportunity to develop meaningful relationships. Whether it was exploring Roman ruins together or staying out too late in Copenhagen or simply making dinner in Oslo, I found the time we spent together deepened our friendships and enriched our learning experience.

I came into the program with a background in Christianity, but I am finishing having learned Hebrew and Arabic, the historical beginnings of Judaism and Islam, scriptures of the three Abrahamic religions, Jewish literature, apologetics, ancient Roman religion and the theoretical frameworks necessary to understand academic writing and research.  In the process I have become a better researcher and writer, transforming my historical interests from hobbyist to academic. It has been well worth the two years spent in the RRE program!"

Theresa Haynes RRE student (10th cycle)

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