The Study Plan gives a general overview of the programme (here is a link to the old study plan, still followed by cycles before the ninth cycle).

Here is the course plan for students starting in September 2020.

And here is the course plan for students that started in September 2019.

In the spring semester 2021, the following courses are offered:

Mandatory course for first-year students:
Holy Scriptures

Furthermore, first-year students have to choose a language course, either:
Arabic or

and an interaction course, either:
Ritual in Early Judaism, Christianity and Islam or
Philosophy and Wisdom Traditions

In the Fall Semester 2020 the following courses were mandatory for first-year students:

The Study of Ancient Religion
The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

In the Fall Semester 2020 the following courses were mandatory for second-year students:

Interreligious Relations: Defining Moments, Current Encounters
Thesis Colloquium (for a description of this course see the course-lists of the individual partner universities)

In addition, the students has to choose one of the following text-courses:
Text, Jewish Tradition
Text, Christian Tradition
Text, Islamic Tradition

About the courses in general

Teaching combines distance learning, compact in-person seminars twice pr. semester, course assignments, tutorials and traditional teaching at the individual host institutions.

The courses range from optional ones:
– Classical languages: Hebrew, Arabic.
– Text courses where a given subject, such as Early Christian Martyrdom, The Qur’an, or Classical Rabbinic Texts, is studied through texts in the original language
– Interaction courses where the early interaction between the religions is studied by looking at themes such as Apologetics and Conversion or Space, Art and Identity.

to mandatory courses in:
The emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
The study of ancient religions (a method course)
Inter-religious relations: Defining Moments, Current Encounters
– Holy Scriptures in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Here is an introduction to what paper writing is like in our context

Example of the contents of an interaction course, The Quran and the Bible: Introduction to the Quran and its Biblical Contexts


Each course will be examined and marked according to the rules obtaining in the country and at the institution responsible for the course. The rules concerning re-examination and complaints likewise follow the rules obtaining in the country and at the institution offering any given course. Here are relevant links:

Grading system

For an explanation of the ECTS grading system we use, see here.