Master’s Program in Religion, Politics and Democracy

This is a two-year program in which students study a variety of subjects within the field of religion, politics and democracy, learn to conduct independent research at an advanced level and develop high-level analytical and communication skills.

Why study for a Master’s in Religion, Politics and Democracy?

This program explores the interaction between Church and politics and the mutual influence of theological and religious ideas and practices and political ideologies. Approaching these phenomena from an Eastern Christian perspective, the courses in this program will help students learn about how theology and Church practice relate to the ever changing social and political environments, how ideology (both within the Church and in society) structures our perception of the social sphere, and how one can engage with social and political contexts and democratic processes in a constructive and creative way.

Program objectives

The program aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to think critically and independently about themes and issues within the field of religion, politics and democracy.

Program outcomes

By the end of the program students will have an in-depth knowledge of the central issues in the area of religion, politics and democracy, be able to understand and critically evaluate the various methods used in this field, be able to independently formulate and conduct a research project, be able to critically analyze and assess ideas and theories of others and develop, present and defend their own subject-specific concepts, communicating them clearly and logically.

Program Requirements

To be eligible to be admitted to the program, an applicant must either have a bachelor’s degree in theology/religious studies, comprising 180 ECTS credits, or a degree in another subject which included Religious Studies or Theological courses worth at least 60 ECTS credits, including a thesis worth at least 15 ECTS credits. At least 15 ECTS credits should be in Eastern Christian studies or an equivalent subject area.

Students with other relevant subjects or an equivalent foreign degree may be admitted on the basis of individual assessment and examination.

Students may also be admitted to later parts of the program (61-120 ECTS credits) on the basis of a special application, provided that the relevant prerequisites are met.

An applicant needs to submit a letter of motivation.

The entry requirement for studies is equivalent to the English 6 course at Swedish upper secondary school. Students from outside Sweden, or students who cannot verify, proficiency in English, are required to make an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL IELTS or equivalent.

Cost of study

If you are a Swedish citizen, or a citizen of an EU / EEA country or Switzerland and you have a residence permit for Sweden, you do not have to pay tuition fees. If you are an international student coming from another country, you must pay tuition fees, see Fees&Finance

Membership of the student union is mandatory for students at EHS. The student union fee is SEK 125 per semester, regardless of the kind of study. Read more about union fees and the student union’s work: Membership in the Student Union.

Career prospects

Those who successfully complete the program will be qualified to work for local and national governments, international organizations, religious institutions and other NGOs. The program also provides the grounding for further research at doctoral level.

Program director: Davor Džalto,
Director of Studies: Pierre Aziz Nehme,
How to apply? Apply through or
Length: 2 years (full-time) 120 ECTS credits
Type of instruction: Distance Learning
Study Pace: Full-time
Teaching Hours: Daytime
Language of Instruction: English

You can find out more about the program here (pdf)