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Master's Program in Eastern Christian Studies

Level: Second cycle (120 ECTS credits)

Organiser: University College Stockholm

Location: Bromma

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:

  • Scientific theory and method, focusing Eastern Christian studies
  • Patristic methods and sources
  • Liturgics and liturgical theology

The second year focuses on research and development. Students choose one of three specialisations:

  • The Church fathers and their historical context
  • The Church, its spirituality and its services
  • Church organization, its inner and outer relationships

Some examples of courses offered during the second year are:

  • Christology and the Church
  • Patristic classics
  • Spirituality and science
  • The early Church
  • Behavioral Sciences and the Church
  • Liturgical methods
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods

During the final semester, students write their master’s thesis.

Examination Format

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 and Fees

Tuition is free for everyone with citizenship or residence permit in Sweden, EU and EFTA countries. More information is available here.

Student Financial Aid

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 2020

Applicants within Sweden or other EU/EEA-countries:

Application period: March 15 - April 15.

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.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants are required to have a citizenship or residence permit in Sweden or another EU country.

Admissions Process

March 15 - April 15: Apply to this program via www.universityadmissions.se. Follow this link to get directly to this program's page on universityadmissions.se.

July 11: 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 26. The letter also contains information about the start of the program.

August 1 - August 10: A welcome letter is sent out with additional information about the start of the program.

August 26: program start.

Applicants outside the EU/EEA:

This program is not open for applicants outside the EU/EEA.