Lines of Study in Western Theology

The education at the School of Theology is organised by study programmes. Each line of study has its own degree structure. The degrees consist of general and language studies, classical language studies, and basic, intermediate and advanced studies in theology. The different lines of study also include applied studies, teacher’s pedagogical studies and minor studies.

The programme in Western Theology is divided into two lines of study:

A. Church and Religious Communities and Culture

The Church and Religious Communities and Culture line of study is compliant with the requirements concerning qualification of priests regulated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. To be eligible for clerical positions, students are required to complete the study module Applied Studies for a Post in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. The Applied Studies for Non-Pastoral Theologian Posts in Society qualify students to work in other positions that require theological expertise.

B. Theology for Teachers

The Theology for Teachers line of study includes teacher’s pedagogical studies which qualify students to work as teachers on all class levels of basic education, in general upper secondary schools, vocational education institutions and adult education. In addition to the pedagogical studies, students are required to complete the higher university degree and studies of sufficient scope in the particular subject they wish to teach. At the School of Theology, the subject teacher’ line of study qualifies graduates to teach two subjects, i.e. Evangelical Lutheran religion and another, optional, subject.