24 months
740 EUR/year
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This History of Religions master’s programme from MF Norwegian School of Theology uses interdisciplinary approaches to study history and religion in the pre- and early modern world.


The MPhil in History of Religions from the MF Norwegian School of Theology explores fundamental questions about religion from a historical standpoint:

  • What is religion? How did this concept develop?
  • How do historians study ancient religions?
  • How are sacred texts used and abused?
  • What is the relationship between religion and violence?
  • How did religious groups, ideas, and artefacts travel from place to place and how did that migration transform them?

What you'll learn

Using the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world and the Silk Road as a focal point, students will have the chance to explore the study of ancient manuscripts, archaeological evidence, and a variety of theoretical approaches to the study of the pre-modern world.

The program investigates the development and interactions of ancient Jews, Christians, and Muslims, along with lesser known ancient groups such as Manichaeans and the devotees of Isis, Mithras, and other gods, while utilizing both classic approaches and more recent theories and methodologies.



Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Owning and sharing holy matter: texts, artefacts and places
  • Encounters: Common Categories and Concepts in Abrahamic religions
  • Methodology: Texts and History
  • Theoretical perspectives: The historical study of religion
  • Religious change, exchange and counterchange: A long-term historical perspective
  • The Craft: Research Skills and Professional Engagement in the Study of Religion

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum average grade of C overall and in the specialization subject area.
  • A combination of relevant religious studies and history credits: A minimum of 80 ECTS credits including specialization in one subject area, and a minimum of 20 ECTS credits in the other subject area.
  • International students must document necessary English language competencies according to MF’s requirements.
  • A statement of interest: In a statement of 200-400 words, applicants should describe their interest and experience in the academic study of history and religion and inform the admissions office of their reasons for considering a graduate education in History of Religions.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    740 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 370 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    740 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 370 EUR per semester during 24 months.

Semester fee is NOK 3650,-

Living costs for Oslo

11682 - 19230 NOK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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