Level: Second cycle (120 ECTS credits)
Type of education: University
Language of instruction: English
Length: 2 years
Study pace: Full-time (100%)
Teaching hours: Daytime
In this two-year master's program, students acquire a deeper understanding of the field of Eastern Christian studies as well as proficiency in scientific discourse at an advanced level.
For a long time, Orthodox churches have lived under the oppression of totalitarian regimes, which has influenced their attitudes to power and to both social and ecclesial engagement. In the diaspora, as they emerge from oppression, these Churches are confronted by a set of different social, political and cultural contexts. In the face of this paradigm shift, their challenge is to rediscover their own roots, and to begin to grow from within while at the same time learning to engage with society without losing themselves in the process. Faced with this new-found freedom, Orthodox Christians need to become proficient in scientific discourse to be able to interpret and understand the coming challenges that their Churches will meet.
With the knowledge and skills that students acquire through the Master's program, they are equipped to work for change in their respective contexts, in the light of the emancipatory message of the gospel. They are also prepared for research studies should they choose to embark on academic careers.
The syllabus of this program is included in our six-year pedagogical program but can also be taken independently.
The first year focuses on the sources of tradition and includes courses such as:
The second year focuses on research and development. Students choose one of three specialisations:
Some examples of courses offered during the second year are:
During the final semester, students write their master’s thesis.
Courses at university level use examination forms including but not limited to: written examinations, seminars, PM's, take-home examinations, interpretation exercises, oral examinations and essays. In addition, mandatory attendance with limited exceptions also applies.
The program leads to a master's degree in theology with a focus on Eastern Christian studies.
Students can chose to finish their studies after one year for a one-year master's degree. In this case they must write a one-year master's thesis during the second semester.
Tuition is free for everyone with citizenship or residence permit in Sweden, EU and EFTA countries. More information is available here.
Participants of this program who are Swedish citizens are eligible to apply for student loans and grants via The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN). In some cases, participants who are not Swedish citizens but who have a residence permit in Sweden may also be eligible to apply for student loans and grants via CSN. Applicants must be prepared to validate their eligibility by providing documentation detailing previous education, since this will determine the outcome of their application for student financial aid.
Read more about how to apply for student financial aid via CSN at www.csn.se.
Participants who are not eligible to apply for student financial aid via CSN are encouraged to investigate whether they can apply for student financial aid in their home country for studies at Sankt Ignatios.
Utilising student financial aid is however not required in order to study at Sankt Ignatios.
Next program start: Fall term 2019
Applicants within Sweden or other EU-countries:
Application period: March 15th - April 15th
Occasionally, additional application periods for late application are opened, depending on available spots. Such application periods are announced on our website shortly before opening.
Bachelor's degree in theology.
Applicants are required to have a citizenship or residence permit in Sweden or another EU country.
March 15th - April 15th: Apply to this program via www.universityadmissions.se. Follow this link to get directly to this program's page on universityadmissions.se.
July 11th: A letter of acceptance is sent out to those who have been admitted. In order to keep your place you need to accept it before July 26th. The letter also contains information about the start of the program.
August 1st - August 10th: A welcome letter is sent out with additional information about the start of the program.
August 26th: program start.
Applicants outside the EU:
This program is not open for applicants outside the EU.