Master of Theology (M.Phil)


Program Description

Language of Instruction: English

General Informations

The programme Master of Theology as a whole will give the student:

  • in-depth knowledge in fields relevant to academic theological study and research

  • an academic and interdisciplinary understanding

  • the ability for independent academic reflection, methodical study of academic literature and written presentation thereof

  • insight on the philosophy of science and methodological questions, and experience in conducting independent scientific studies

  • a basis for further academic research

  • necessary skills for working in school, church and society

  • a better foundation for communicating academic theological insights in dialogue

The degree Master of Theology amounts to 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), included a written Thesis for 30 or 60 ECTS. The programme is usually completed in 2 years

Admission requirements

Application: To be admitted to the programme a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  • fulfilment of the General Matriculation Standard of Norwegian institutions of higher education ("Generell studiekompetanse"),

  • either a university bachelor degree in theology or a comparable field based on three years of study beyond Norwegian matriculation level or equivalent Norwegian educational qualifications approved by the school,

  • grade average equivalent to Norwegian C level,

  • documented knowledge of Greek and/or Hebrew if the student is including original language studies in The Old Testament or The New Testament in his or her degree.

  • documented knowledge of English (IELTS-test with a minimum score of 6.5 or better) enabling the student to study in the English language and to write an independent scholarly thesis in English.

Admissions are at all times regulated by the applicable rules and regulations.


Master of Philosophy in Theology


  • Church History
  • Old Testament Studies
  • New Testament Studies
  • Systematic Theology
  • Theology, Mission, and Society

More information

The following requirements must be fulfilled to obtain the degree Master of Theology at MF Norwegian School of Theology:

  • theological courses of at least 120 ECTS, all on the master level (500(0)-/600(0)-level),

  • theological courses in at least two of the main disciplines of theology (Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology and Practical Theology),

  • an independent thesis under the guidance of 60 ECTS.

  • to obtain the degree with a specialisation, courses of at least 30 ECTS in the discipline must be part of the programme. The thesis will usually focus on the same discipline. The common specialisation is Theology, Mission and Society.

  • documented equivalent studies from other academic institutions can be included in the programme.

  • at least 60 ECTS (included thesis) must be completed at MF Norwegian School of Theology to obtain the degree.

Programme Structure and Requirements

The programme consists of two major parts: coursework with final assessment in each course, and a thesis work with a final assessment, including an oral examination. The coursework will amount 60 ECTS credits (dependent on thesis size) and includes between about 5000 to 6000 pages of required reading in English and active participation in lectures and seminars. The thesis work amounts to 60 ECTS credits comprising writing of a thesis under the supervision of a faculty supervisor on a mutually agreed topic and based on additional literature (as necessary). The thesis is to be an independent scholarly research work.

The syllabus of the programme consists of different kinds of courses. The core courses are required and make up a core curriculum common for all students. The elective(s) may be chosen according to the particular needs and interests of the student.

What is ECTS?

ECTS - The European Credit Transfer System - is the European system for calculating the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme. This European integration of calculating the student workload is one of the objectives of the Bologna Declaration (1999) with its ultimate goal stated in 2001 to create a «European higher education area».

One credit is around 25-30 working hours. 60 ECTS is one year of study, amounting to 1500-1800 working hours. 10 Ects normally requires 6-7 weeks of full-time work.

Last updated Apr 2018

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About the School

MF Norwegian School of Theology (1908) is an accredited Specialized University in the field of Theology, Religious Studies and Social Studies.

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