The Nordic Master's Degree Programme in Theology:
The Religious Roots of Europe (RRE)
Faculty of Theology
Aleksanterinkatu 7 (P.O. Box 33)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
phone: +358-(0)9-191 24016
fax: +358-(0)9-191 22106
Key Research Areas
Highest quality research
The Faculty of Theology of the University of Helsinki is famous for the quality of its research. In the two latest evaluations, conducted by outside examiners, the Faculty of Theology achieved the highest possible ratings.
In recent years, the Faculty of Theology has had two centres of excellence sponsored by the Academy of Finland, one in the field of Biblical Studies (The Formation of Early Jewish and Christian Ideology) and another in Philosophy of Religion (History of Mind; Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics: Human Conduct in the History of Philosophy)
The Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Research Unit is a Finnish research project (2008-2013) on the history of the philosophical psychology of ethical and political discourse. It belongs to the Academy of Finland's programme of Centres of Excellence in Research.
Internationally acknowledged expertise
The faculty of the University of Helsinki will make a special contribution to the RRE programme through their internationally recognized expertise in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, “Gnosticism” and the Nag Hammadi Library, and Jewish Christianity.
Some biblical scholars have also specialized in the use of cognitive and social-psychological theories in the study of early Judaism and Christianity, and some philosophers of religion are internationally known for their investigations into the psychological background of ancient, medieval and early modern ethical and political theories.
The University of Helsinki will also offer regular courses or a possibility for distance learning in Greek, Hebrew, and Coptic.