Religion, Culture and Society

University of Stavanger

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News media often cover religion with a focus on conflict, whereas cooperation between religious and worldview groups receives less attention. This master in Religion, Culture and Society at  University of Stavanger offers an opportunity to dig deeper into processes of religious change in the present society.


Religion plays a significant role in societies globally, but the religious landscape is changing. Art and popular culture is full of references to religion and mythology and often public debate addresses issues like ‘identity’ and ‘cultural heritage’.

The master in religion, culture and society addresses the content and function that religion and worldview has today both socially and culturally, in research and in the lives of human beings. This both gives a broad overview and in-depth knowledge about global, national and local perspectives.


The master study is relevant for teacher education and for teaching about religions and worldviews in secondary and upper secondary education. 

It also gives in depth knowledge relevant for a series of jobs in private and public sector where competencies related to human resources management, outreach to local community, internationalization and information are required.

 The study of Religion, Culture and Society at  University of Stavanger provides its graduates with generic competencies in processing big amounts of information, in order to map, synthetize, analyze, and interpret these. In addition the study qualifies for PhD studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Religion and Human Rights
  •  Religion, Identity and Belonging
  •  Religion and Climate Change
  •  Courses from VID - Theory of Science, Research Methods and Research Ethics
  •  Courses from VID - Worldviews, Values and Relations in Profession

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120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor´s degree, which includes at least 80 ECTS credits in religion related topics is required. 30 of the 80 ECTS credits must be at advanced level.

Tuition Fee

All students are required to pay a semester fee of NOK 740 per semester.


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Religion, Culture and Society
University of Stavanger