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About the programme
: Danish  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Focusing on people

The Master's degree programme in diaconia is designed for students who wish to expand their knowledge about how best to support and serve people in need of aid, care and guidance.


Since early Christianity, caring for the sick, the poor and the outcasts has been a key concern of the church. This care and service is referred to as diaconia. Today, the modern welfare state has taken over many of the areas of care which in the past were handled by the church. But the tasks are the same, and church and humanitarian organisations are also today involved in much social work.


A versatile education - from Christianity to practical management

The Master’s degree programme in diaconia combines in-depth theological study in the fields of Christianity, ethics and diaconia with practical and theoretical skills in management, organisation and development of innovative solutions in the field of social welfare. Graduates of the MA programme in diaconia are thus ensured the best opportunities for finding employment in church organisations or in the public and private social and health care sectors.

Admission requirements

Bachelor’ degree programmes qualifying students for admission to the Master's degree programme in Diaconia

  • Bachelor’s degree programme in theology (Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen)
  • Professional Bachelor’s degree programme in diaconia and social education (VIA University College Aarhus)
  • Professional Bachelor’s degree programme in Christianity, culture and communication (VIA University College Aarhus and Copenhagen)
  • Professional Bachelor’s degree programme in nursing and the degree programme in social work
  • The university’s Bachelor’s degree programmes within the humanities and theology

Other degree programmes which are deemed by the university to correspond to the degree programmes mentioned above in terms of level, scope and content may qualify students for admission to the Master’s degree programme.

Language requirements

As the Master’s degree programme in Diaconia is taught in Danish, the language requirements is Danish at 'A' level or equivalent.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

Student life

Diaconia in an interdisciplinary environment

Diaconia is located at the Nobel Park in the northern part of Aarhus University campus. The Nobel Park houses the Department of Culture and Society, which diaconia is part of. Diaconia is located together with theology and the study of religion. It also means that students from the three fields of study work together on different academic and social events, such as the joint student magazine Figenbladet (the fig leaf), lectures, Friday bar and parties. It creates a unique, interdisciplinary study environment.

Photo: Poul Ib Henriksen


Study environment at the Nobel Park

At the Nobel Park there are many activities outside of the classroom. Taking part in these activities is a good way to establish contact with students across year groups and degree programmes and helps make your programme more versatile.

Theology, diaconia and the study of religion also provide many cultural and academic activities besides teaching - both within and across the year groups.

The student room Axis Mundi is where the Friday bar Theos Bar is held. The Friday bar is run by students, and volunteers are always needed to help in the bar and to be part of the governing team etc.

The students organise Wednesday morning singing assemblies at Axis Mundi.

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Qualification profile

Graduates of the Master's degree programme in diaconia have the following competencies:

  • The ability to independently select and apply a critical approach to a subject area relating to an issue of diaconia. The ability - orally and in writing - to communicate this knowledge and understanding on the basis of critical consideration.
  • The ability to independently consider religious and ethical issues and advise on such issues with respect for the individual.
  • The ability to understand religious, ethical and social issues from a professional and a holistic angle.
  • The ability to create innovative solutions within the social sector.
  • The ability to independently pursue their own academic development and specialisation in the field of the diaconia.


Job profile

The Master's degree programme in diaconia is aimed at both the public and private job markets.

It is expected that graduates will be able to fill positions as managers or executives in the social sector, including in particular working with marginalised groups and integration of refugees and immigrants.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.