Academic religious expertise since 1640
The Faculty of Theology prepares students for duties requiring expertise in religions, worldviews and values. We engage in high-quality academic research and teaching in historical, conceptual and cultural questions involving religion and theology. The Faculty is an international academic community, unaffiliated with any particular religion or belief.
We are among Europe’s largest faculties of theology measured by the number of students. Our Faculty has a total of nearly 1,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Around 150 Masters of Theology and some 15 Doctors of Theology or Doctors of Philosophy graduate from the Faculty every year. Our teaching and research staff numbers are around 100. External funding accounts for over 40% of the Faculty’s budget.
In 2014–2019, the Faculty houses two Centres of Excellence funded by the Academy of Finland: Reason and Religious Recognition and Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions. In addition, the Faculty involves Centre of Excellence funded by the Academy of Finland from 2018 to 2025: Ancient Near Eastern Empires. For more information about the research going on in the Faculty of Theology, see the section Research.