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Qualification: Theology, Doctorate

Theology, Doctorate

Qualification Information

Theology and Religious Studies: 180 credit doctorate programme

The programme is a three year long research programme at the Faculty of Theology, University of Iceland. Admission requirements are a MA degree or a mag. theol. degree (Provisionally: or a cand. theol. degree)

On completion of a Doctorate degree, the following criteria shall be fulfilled:


Knowledge and understanding

Students possess extensive and in-depth understanding of main theories, principles, concepts and of the latest findings available within the field of Theology. The knowledge shall be more in-depth than that acquired at previous levels of study.

Students have contributed important innovation to the field of study in the form of new knowledge or significant adaptation, innovative utilisation or interpretation of existing knowledge.

Students are familiar with the systems used for funding research and research evaluation. They understand the practical purpose of research for academic, cultural and social purpose.


Type of knowledge

Students possess knowledge and understanding which they have acquired from research carried out on individual basis.

Students have initiated new knowledge, and its interpretation, with research or other acknowledged scholarly activities which measure up to reviews and critique of other scholars in the fields of Theology or religious studies.


Practical skills

Students can apply critical analysis, evaluation and integration to new and complex projects.

Students can tackle complex tasks which widen and/or redefine existing methodology in the fields of Theology or religious studies.

Students can apply in an extensive way the basic skills, technology, methods, material and sources connected with the fields of Theology or religious studies.

Students can utilise, on a broad basis, general and specialised research equipment and research technology appropriate in the fields of Theology or religious studies.

Students can organise and carry out research and explore or develop projects which tackle new problems and subjects within the fields of Theology or religious studies.

Students shall demonstrate originality and creativity in developing and utilising new knowledge, understanding and methods.

Students know how to gather information from field-magazines and other sources of information, and are able to use information science to process information, document it and present them in a systematic manner.


Theoretical skills

Students have carried out innovative research or developed work methods which add to, or widen the existing knowledge of the fields of Theology or religious studies.

Students have presented an important and well organised dissertation which is suitable for publishing in a peer-reviewed publication at national or international level.

Students can tackle very complicated and/or new subjects and formulate an autonomous and informative opinion.


Communication skills and information literacy

Students are able to successfully communicate to their peers, other scholars and the general public the main ideas and research results in the fields of Theology or religious studies. 

Students can demonstrate extensive professional autonomy and initiative in their professional work in the fields of Theology or religious studies; in church activity and/or on cultural or social platforms.

Students can take full responsibility for their own projects as well as assuming responsibility for the work of others.

Students can present theological, religious, ethical, social and/or cultural interpretations connected with the knowledge society in a theoretical setting.

Students can participate in critical debate, initiate and lead theoretical discourse.

Students can use software to support and enhance work in the relevant field of study, and can specify specialised software for the improvement of methods and work processes in the fields of Theology or religious studies. 

Students shall demonstrate their awareness of ethics of science and that they have formed a considered opinion regarding their own research, and that of others, based on their own ethical consciousness.


Learning skills

Students have adopted the will and the ability to gain knowledge, as well as viewing all knowledge with a critical eye and an open mind.

Students are disciplined, diligent and aware of their own academic limitations and are initiative in their research.

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