What is it like to study theology?

Theology encompasses several disciplines and a range of research methods. These disciplines offer conceptual tools and a variety of perspectives for the critical study and understanding of each sub-area.

The studies provide you with an excellent capacity to understand various religious, social and cultural relationships in a global world and to grasp the related chronological perspective.

You will also learn skills relating to independent and group work, information processing and interaction. In addition, the degree provides information literacy skills, ICT skills and the capacity for scientific work.

You can complete some of your studies in English. Studying abroad is another excellent opportunity to improve your language skills, while learning about new cultures, creating international networks and establishing a broader perspective on your studies and your life. You will also gain international experience that will be useful for employment.

The Faculty of Theology offers education based on research in the following five disciplines:

These disciplines employ diverse and multidisciplinary approaches to exploring the roots of European religiosity; meetings of religions; the impact of theology and religion on modern Western thought, culture and society; the relationships between religion and individual and social wellbeing; and changes to religiosity in Finland, Europe and the world.  Many Bachelor’s and Master’s level courses and modules are offered in cooperation with several disciplines.

Future theologians will be religious and cultural interpreters, specialists in interpersonal encounters, and experts in values.

The ability to identify the mechanisms of religious thought and traditions as well as their effects on human interaction are increasingly important in multicultural societies. Theologians can use their expertise in interpersonal encounters in a range of duties, particularly new positions that supplement traditional theological occupations.

The Faculty of Theology produces experts in religions and world-views. Such experts are needed in the Finnish public sector, organisations, schools and educational institutions as well as in churches and religious communities. Theologians are also required in various international positions.

More information on the Faculty of Theology’s traineeships:

Career Services provides students with advice, guidance and training.

The Faculty’s teachers are international experts in their fields and provide teaching based on the latest high-quality research. The Faculty actively develops teaching and education to meet the challenges of our increasingly multicultural society and to improve the ability of graduates to identify social and ideological changes and find solutions to current problems. One of the key goals of the development is to ensure that students can progress smoothly throughout their degrees. Students play a central role in the development of teaching.

The Teachers’ Academy is a network of distinguished teachers at the University of Helsinki. The Academy’s goal is to promote teaching and improve its general standing in the academic community, encourage teachers to upgrade their qualifications, and reward teachers for their teaching merits. By investing in teachers, the University also invests in students and the quality of learning. Appointment to the Teachers’ Academy signifies a special recognition for teaching merits and scholarship in the field of teaching.