The PhD programme in Theology has two specialist fields: Theology and Religious Studies. For theology the applicant has to have a Master’s degree in Theology, Religious Studies is open to everyone with a Master’s degree. Studies can be completed fully in English. Full-time PhD students receive a small monthly stipend (422 euros per months in 2016, subject to change in future) and there is no tuition fee. Admission typically takes place once a year, in spring time. For detailed application information see here.
Although a large variety of research topics are possible and a variety of topics are covered by the teaching faculty (see here for the full list of the current faculty members), the particular strengths of the department lie in Ancient Near East religions, contemporary religious movements, the interaction of science and religion and church history. However, the school does also include notable experts on the Old Testament, religious education, and systematic theology.
Four-year studies are organised in such a way that approximately one year is spent on courses (both general and research related) and academic activities offered by the university (for example students are expected to participate in the workings of The Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts) and the remaining three years should be spent on completing the dissertation. The students can also participate in the International Research Training Group (IRTG) “Baltic Borderlands“ a collaborative programme between Lund, Tartu, and Greifswald universities. In addition, the Estonian Society for the Study of Religions regularly organises various lecture events, conferences and seminars that PhD students in Religious Studies participate in.