Doctoral Program in Biblical Studies

Stockholm School of Theology offers a doctoral program in Biblical Studies. Specializations are available in Hebrew Bible and New Testament respectively. The program follows Swedish standards. This means four years (240 ECTS credits) of full time studies, but part time studies are possible. 


Supervisors at Stockholm School of Theology represent a broad array of approaches to Biblical Studies, including historical, literary, theological, social-scientific, cognitive, and reception-oriented perspectives. Hebrew Bible/Old Testament offers special competence in symbol study and theological perspectives. Ancient Near Eastern comparative studies, linguistic studies, and other subject areas are also welcome. New Testament offers special competence in areas of cult, ritual, metaphor theory, emotions, conflict resolution, cognitive science of religion, feminist analysis, and reception. A major research project on moral repair in antiquity, making use of Cognitive Science of Religion approaches and funded by the Swedish Research Council, will run until 2021. Doctoral students with similar interests can specifically benefit from this research environment.

Since 2017, Stockholm School of Theology offers a doctoral program in Biblical Studies. Specializations are available in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the New Testament respectively. The four-year program follows Swedish standards.

Students pursuing their doctoral studies at Stockholm will also become part of larger Nordic and international networks, including possibilities of short-term exchange.

Program director: Professor Thomas Kazen,
Contact persons: Professor Thomas Kazen (program and requirements) and Assistant Director of Studies Anne-Christine Lindwall (application and admission).
Applications: Applications are made on special forms, available from the programme director.

Programme structure

The program comprises 240 ECTS credits: 75 ECTS credits for coursework and 165 ECTS credits for the dissertation. The program includes supervision and regular research seminars. Full time or part time studies are accepted.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements include an advanced level / second-cycle degree (generally a Master’s) with a concentration in the research subject area applied for (Hebrew Bible /Old Testament or New Testament), as well as a convincing project plan. Applicants must be knowledgeable in both biblical Hebrew and ancient Greek. Previous studies in other ancient languages or other subject areas relevant to the proposed research topic, are considered a merit.


There is no tuition for citizens of EU countries. Doctoral stipends are regularly announced at the homepage of University College Stockholm. Highly qualified doctoral students without formal scholarships but with reasonable alternative sources of funding may also be admitted. For more information, please contact programme director Thomas Kazen,

Teachers and doctoral students

Berglund, Carl Johan, Teol. dr
Forsling, Josef, Teol. dr
Kazen, Thomas, Teol. dr, docent, professor
Roitto, Rikard, Teol. dr, docent
Stenström, Hanna, Teol. dr
Viberg, Åke, Teol. dr, docent
Doctoral students
Alm, Jessica
Carlstein, Carl-Magnus
Häggström, Sara
Jonsson, Petra
Landgren, Martin
Nõmmik, Aldar
Plantin, Lisa
Eurell, John-Christian, teol. dr