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


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Christianity, past and present

At the Department of Systematic Theology, you study Christianity, its origin, development and current role. You acquire comprehensive knowledge about the way Christianity has affected the values and view of humanity during different periods, and how it can be brought into dialogue with current attitudes to life, other religions and society.

Room for reflection

Theology studies provide you with tangible knowledge of the original texts that form the foundation of Western culture – the Scriptures. You interpret the Biblical texts and become thoroughly familiar with the development of the Church and Christianity and their interaction with the surrounding culture and way of thinking. You study Christianity’s view of the relationship between God and man, and spend time reflecting on its answers to the most important existential questions.

You are also challenged by your meeting with great thinkers, other religions and academic paradigms. You may discover completely new ways of doing things if you choose to undertake a period of practical training or fieldwork as part of your studies.

A comprehensive, classical degree

Theology is a comprehensive subject that gives you an opportunity to delve into the subjects that interest you most within language, literature, religion, history, philosophy and ethics.

As a theology graduate, you have general skills in communication and intermediation. You can also describe and communicate the content and message of Christianity and its relationship with other religions, as well as theology in the context of general philosophy, history of ideas and scientific theory. In addition, you can describe and analyse ethical issues, as they relate to both the individual and society as a whole.

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to the Master’s degree programme in theology, you must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in theology. Subject to meeting special admission criteria, students with a Bachelor’s degree in theology from a foreign university or with another relevant Bachelor’s degree from a Danish or foreign university, can also be admitted. For further information, contact the student counsellors.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master’s degree programme in Theology requires a Danish Bachelor’s degree in Theology or the equivalent.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in Theology (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA. 

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for your 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.

Student life

A hive of activity

The Department of Systematic Theology 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. Groups of students active in student politics also meet here, as do the editors of the students' own newsletter – Figenbladet (the Fig Leaf).

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 always 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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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2016 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Job opportunities

Most Danish theologians become clergymen in the Church of Denmark, but you can also teach at training colleges, folk high schools and universities. You also have an opportunity to work in humanitarian organisations, public institutions or private sector companies, where several theologists are getting into other work areas, such as staff development, communication and intermediation.

Also see our graduate profiles.

Competence profile

With a degree in theology, you have the ability to:

  • describe and communicate about Christianity
  • describe and analyse language, religion and culture
  • work analytically and critically
  • work in interdisciplinary contexts
  • acquire new knowledge
  • work independently
  • express yourself in writing
  • work methodically
  • search for, process and structure information

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

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.