How were Judaism, Christianity and Islam formed? How did these three religions and their interaction shape the emerging European culture and society?
These are pivotal questions addressed in this international Master's Programme.
Christianity, Judaism and Islam interacting with each other have had a profound influence on the development of European culture and society. For centuries Christianity has been the dominant majority religion; as minority religions, Judaism and Islam have been seen as the ‘other’ against which Christian European identity has been shaped.
The three religions have traditionally been studied more or less separately. The aspiration of Religious Roots of Europe (RRE) is to study the three religions together in their formative periods from a comparative perspective and using a variety of approaches including historical, philological, social scientific and literary.
The Master's Programme is offered in cooperation between the six Nordic universities of Aarhus, Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lund and Oslo. Compact seminars are organised at all these institutions as well as in Nordic institutes in the Mediterranean area. RRE offers a truly international education with perspectives for a subsequent career in research and education as well as in governmental and private institutions, organisations and companies were the need for knowledge on religion and culture is increasingly recognised.
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For questions about the programme contact the programme coordinator, Associate Professor Jakob Engberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission to the Master’s Programme in Religious Roots of Europe at Aarhus University requires successful completion of a relevant BA degree with a major in theology, the study of religion, classical philology, classical archaeology, history or the equivalent.
Since the study programme presupposes an ability to and further trains students in reading ancient religious text in the original languages, and since not all the mentioned bachelor’s degrees in all the Nordic countries or internationally include compulsory classical language training, it is specified as a prerequisite for admittance to the programme that the applicant can document a proficiency in at least one "classical" language, i.e. Greek, Latin, Hebrew or Arabic, which equals the proficiency achieved by studying such a language in a module allotted 15 ECTS credits.
Alternatively, a student can be admitted if she or he can document a proficiency in two of the "classical" languages which equals the proficiency achieved by studying each of these languages in a module allotted 15 ECTS credits each.
The Religious Roots of Europe is a joint programme offered in collaboration between six different Nordic universities (see the programme website ), these universities are here called the Host Institutions. 36 students can be admitted to the programme in total on the six Host Institutions. Applications for admittance is directed to and processed by one of the six Host Institutions, in accordance with the rules and regulations obtaining at this Host Institution. The following is a description of these rules and regulations at the University of Aarhus.
Applicants for one of the study places at Aarhus University must document (by submitting a certified transcript or bachelor certificate stating the subjects studied and the grades obtained) that they have completed or are completing a relevant bachelor degree (below) and that they have obtained a sufficient proficiency in ‘classical’ languages as well as in English (below).
The Master's programme in the Religious Roots of Europe can only admit a limited number of students each year, so fulfilling the requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.
If there are fewer qualified applicants at Aarhus University than places at this Host Institution, all qualified applicants are admitted.
If there are more qualified applicants for the programme at Aarhus University than places available, Aarhus University consults the Programme Committee (a joint body overseeing the running of the Programme). The decision, however, rests with Aarhus University and any appeals should be made to Aarhus University.
The criteria for selection between the qualified students are:
In selecting between the qualified applicants the Programme Committee and Aarhus University therefore focuses on the relevance of your previous studies and on the results achieved.
 I Danmark kan de klassiske sprogkrav indfries med et gymnasialt A-niveau i ét af de nævnte sprog, gennem propædeutik eller tilsvarende. Det vil sige, at bacheloruddannelserne i teologi, klassisk filologi og klassisk arkæologi er direkte adgangsgivende, mens en bachelorgrad i ét af de andre nævnte fag kun er adgangsgivende, hvis den studerende også kan dokumentere, at det klassiske sprogkrav er indfriet.
Please see the page on language requirements.
See the general documentation requirements.
Please note that applicants are NOT required to upload course descriptions.
As a student it is important to know the regulations for your the chosen subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you. You can find this information in the academic regulations
In Aarhus RRE is situated at The Faculty of Theology which is a hive of activity throughout the day. Lectures are held and keen discussions take place in the reading groups that meet in the lounge area or the many workplaces in the library, and students and teachers meet over a cup of coffee between lectures.New ideas are discussed over lunch in the Stakladen canteen, which is also the venue for the Faculty of Theology’s annual celebration and the Christmas revue. In the evening, you can attend debates and guest lectures organised by the faculty"s lecture associations to get inspiration for your studies, and nobody goes home early on Fridays – Theo’s Bar is always well-attended, including guests from other departments. Excellent facilities
In addition to its large collection of literature about theology and the study of religion, parts of the library – which is open around the clock – also function as an open student environment with group work areas, IT workstations and a classroom. The library is a meeting point for the students and a lively workplace. If you write a thesis at the Faculty of Theology, you can apply for a work area in one of the faculty’s offices allocated to students for this purpose.
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RRE will give you
· International experience.
· Advanced knowledge about the religious traditions at the root of European culture in their formative periods.
· A deeper understanding of the formative processes of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the parallels and differences between the three traditions, and the interaction of their followers.
· The ability to apply and to use relevant scholarly methods and to understand and to describe these theoretically.
· Skills to communicate your knowledge of the subject matter, and your theoretical insights and to transmit the acquired methods to others, both orally and in writing.
· The tools to evaluate critically the role of the three religions in contemporary society.
Career prospects As a graduate from this programme you will qualify for innovative scholarly work and for further education, e.g. in PhD-programmes, as well as for teaching on religion and intercultural relations. You will also be able to enter into specialised occupations in government institutions or organisations dealing with culture, integration, diplomacy etc. and in private firms for example with business relations with the Middle East.
Your effort and your career Expertise on religions, their interaction and their role in society and culture is increasingly recognised as important to society. The task of opening the door from the general recognition of this to a specific career in private companies, organisations and public administration is best fulfilled through your ingenuity, openness and creativity.
Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.
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