Applied Studies for Non-Pastoral Theologian Posts in Society

The study module (20 ECTTS) introduces students to theologian's typical working life skills and career possibilities. By means of theoretical study and practical training students familiarise themselves with the working environments, job descriptions and work practices of generalist professions as well as with the expertise required in such professions.

After completing the study module students are able to apply their theological expertise in the context of media, administration, culture, organisations and research. They are also skilled in analysing the social, sociological and individual structures of working life circumstances as well as special issues related to theologians' various career paths.

To be admitted to pursue the applied studies students are required to have a previously completed Bachelor of Theology degree, or studies whose scope is the same as that of the Bachelor's degree. Students pursuing only the Master of Theology degree are required to have completed supplementary studies (60 ECTS). Students are also free to choose separate theoretical studies.

Structure of the Studies

The study module is offered jointly with an annually changing group of general government, business, third sector and media parties. The practical training takes place at the workplace under the supervision of a teacher selected by the university. Students should note that these studies do not qualify them to work in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

The study module consists of two parts:

Theory (8 ECTS)

The studies include and orientation (3 ECTS) and five (5) study units of 1 ECTS credit each, which deal with common skills required in working life in the contexts of communication, interaction, managing and subordinate skills, administration and research.

Practical Training for Non-Pastoral Theologian Posts in Society (12 ECTS)

Development of a theologian's professional image: The study unit is a structured and guided practical training period which takes 8 weeks of full-time work at a workplace accepted by the university.

The practical training concludes with an evaluation that includes the writing of a learning report and a discussion between the student, the workplace supervisor and the teacher responsible for the practical training period.


The annual application period to Practical Training for Non-Pastoral Theologian Posts in Society is 1-28 February. Before the registration period students will be separately notified of a public briefing session.


University Lecturer Heikki Salomaa
050 5708686