University of Gothenburg

Doctoral Studies in Religious Studies

The postgraduate education in Religious Studies aims to understand and critically reflect on the function and place of religion in historical and contemporary contexts.

At the University of Gothenburg, research is conducted in all areas of Religious Studies; that is, in History of Religions, Sociology and Psychology of Religion, History of Christianity, Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion.

Religious Studies provides insights into historical processes, religious encounters and conflicts, and analysis and interpretation of texts and ideas. These skills are increasingly relevant to the multireligious and multicultural society of our times.

A doctoral (PhD) student is expected to conduct research and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline. Expectations of a doctoral student include the capacity to develop independent ideas and communicate research results in oral and written form.

The aim of the doctoral position is for the doctoral student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research autonomously within Religion and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of a scholarly thesis. Another aim is for the doctoral student to develop an ability to apply the acquired knowledge and skills within post-degree research or other qualified professional work.