THEOLOGY

Theology deals with the role of Christianity in Denmark and the rest of the world in a historical and contemporary perspective.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

At the Bachelor’s degree programme in theology, you will concern yourself with history, religion, society, anthropology, ethics, language and communication. You will immerse yourself in Christianity, its origin, development and contemporary self-perception. You will acquire comprehensive knowledge of how Christianity has been expressed in political, cultural and philosophical contexts, and how it has influenced the values and view of humanity during different periods.

Studying on the theology programme

Courses on the theology programme are based on lectures and classroom instruction, where you do presentations, participate in discussions and work on projects together with your study group. You will be challenged to contemplate questions that relate to religion and existence, such as: What is the meaning of life? Is there a meaning with suffering? How should we understand ourselves in relation to nature, science and our fellow human beings?

Biblical texts, history, ethics and philosophy

At theology you read and interpret biblical, theological and philosophical texts in light of their cultural background and their impact on modern thinking. You will work with texts from antiquity to the present day on the basis of their contemporary political and cultural context. You learn about the Christian faith past and present, about ethics and the philosophy of religion, Christianity’s dialogue with other religions and about internal discussions between the Christian religious communities.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in theology, you will be qualified for admission to a variety of different Master’s degree programmes. For example the Master's degree programme in theology, which is a advanced studies programme which builds on the Bachelor's degree programme. With a Master's degree you can become a priest in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark, or you can work in areas such as teaching, integration or communication.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22390

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Greek A*
  • Latin A

* The requirement of an additional language qualification may be replaced by an introductory course in connection with the degree programme.

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B

Programme structure

The Bachelor's degree programme in theology centres on the courses in Old and New Testament, Church History, Dogmatics, and Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion. In addition, there is teaching in the languages that have borne the traditions of Christianity – Hebrew, Greek and Latin.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in theology, you can find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements you must meet as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire Bachelor’s degree programme in theology. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.


 

Student life

Teaching on the programme in theology

At theology much of your teaching will take place as classroom instruction. The instruction will alternate between lectures, where your teacher reviews assigned texts, and group discussions about the academic syllabus. Here it is necessary that you, as a student, actively participate. You will also be part of a study group and will come to work together to do presentations and complete assignments. 

Below is an example of a timetable for the first semester of the BA programme in theology. As you can see in the timetable, a large part of your our studies are spent preparing for the individual lessons – both independently and in your study group.

Monday
10:00 - 12:00 Lecture: Introduction to the Study of Theology
12:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

Tuesday
08:00 - 11:00 Classroom instruction: Greek 1
12:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

Wednesday
10:00 - 12:00 Lecture: Basic Themes of Theology
13:00 - 15:00 Student teacher introduction to the study of theology

Thursday
8:00 - 11:00 Study group work
12:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

Friday
9:00 - 11:00 Classroom instruction: Basic Themes of Theology
12:00 - 15:00 Classroom instruction: Greek 1

Social life on the South Asia studies programme

At theology there is ample opportunity to take part in social events together with your fellow students. You can also make use of the degree programme’s many associations, for example:

The Theological Society
The Theological Society is an association that offers monthly lectures with good opportunities to discuss theological topics across the year groups.

Theos Bar
The social committee at theology and the study of religion is called Theos Bar. The association holds a Friday bar every Friday, where you have the chance to enjoy a cold beer or soft drink with your fellow students. Theos Bar also holds bigger parties several times a semester.

Figenbladet (the fig leaf) magazine
If you are passionate about writing academic articles, reviews or editorials, you can contribute to the student magazine Figenbladet (the fig leaf). The magazine is primarily intended for students at theology, the study of religion and Arabic and Islamic studies.

Studying abroad

As a student of theology, you can spend a semester studying abroad. Studying in a foreign country improves your language skills, and you get a chance to learn about another culture first-hand. During the final year of your BA programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. 

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Your job opportunities as a bachelor of theology will greatly depend on your subsequent choice of Master’s degree programme.

The BA programme in theology provides you with broad knowledge of the interplay between religion, history, society, ethics and culture. You will be able to analyse and communicate texts from the last 3,000 years, while at the same time learning to understand and discuss the contemporary and historical role of Christianity in Denmark and the rest of the world.

Master’s graduates in theology have the opportunity to become priests in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark. You can also work in various organisations, where you will typically act as a communicator of Christianity and culture, or you can become a teacher at folk high schools and seminars.

Master’s degree programmes

With a Bachelor’s degree in theology, you will be qualified for admission to a number of Master’s degree programmes such as:

  • The Master's degree programme in Theology, where you take an in-depth, critical approach to the fields and theories that you became acquainted with during the Bachelor's degree programme.
  • The Master’s degree programme in Religious Roots of Europe, where you work with Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The programme is offered in cooperation between six Nordic universities.
  • The Master's degree programme in Diakonia, where you gain an understanding of people who have a special need for help, care and guidance.