PhD programme in Diaconia, Values and Professional Practice
The PhD programme in Diaconia, Values and Professional Practice (at the Centre for Diaconia and Professional Practice) focuses on studies of professional practice in health and social services in the public and private sectors as well as within the Church and non-profit organizations.
The programme adopts diaconia and values as the main perspective, and the interdisciplinary nature of the programme promotes an innovative approach to the diaconal research field.
- Diaconia includes specific professional practices and traditions in ecclesiastical contexts and diaconal organizations.
- Values relate to norms and ideals linked to attitudes, concepts and conceptual understandings that influence the content and performance of health and welfare services.
- Professional practice describes the performance of professional work in the health and welfare services at both the individual and organizational level.
The structure of the PhD programme is characterized by an empirical approach. The objective is to renew, expand and support the practice-oriented tradition in diaconal studies.
The introductory course for the PhD programme (DVP 901) and the course in the philosophy of science and research ethics (DVP 902) are compulsory. The remaining 10 ECTS credits can be chosen among courses providing an introduction to methodology.
The training component for the study programme consists of the following:
If you are admitted to one of the national or regional schools of which VID is a member, you will be able to choose other courses that can be recognized in the training component:
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PhD programme in Theology and Religion
The PhD programme in Theology and Religion (at the Centre of Mission and Global Studies) is for projects in theology and religion. These are two specific disciplines that historically have represented different research perspectives on religious belief and practice. The objective of the programme is to enable PhD students to develop new knowledge in these two research traditions and to reflect critically on the traditions and the methodological approach they represent.
Theology has traditionally consisted of studies of the Old Testament, the New Testament, church history and systematic theology. Other disciplines have been added later, and missiology and practical theology in particular are relevant to VID’s PhD programme. Research at VID is also characterized by the trend towards a more interdisciplinary and empirical approach to theological research. The study programme also has a special focus on global topics and research questions.
Studies in religion have traditionally been based on the scientific study of religion/religious history – an approach where hermeneutic studies of text and tradition are of prime importance. Over time, anthropology, sociology and various power critical perspectives (e.g. gender, class, race, sexuality) have contributed to a broader research focus. Increased attention has been paid to everyday religiosity and reasoning in the span from individual to institutional practices and roles. VID’s focus is primarily on empirical studies of relevant religious trends globally and locally.
The training component of the study programme consists of the following courses:
- PhD-TR 901: Start-up, research ethics, programme profile – compulsory, 5 ECTS
- PhD-TR 902: Philosophy of science, programme profile – compulsory, 5 ECTS
- PhD-TR 903: Text and interpretation – elective, 5 ECTS
- PhD-DVP 904: Quantitative research methods – elective, 5 ECTS
- PhD-TR 904: Discipline/thesis-related course – elective, 5 ECTS
- PhD-TR 905: Migration and religion – elective, 5 ECTS
- PhD-TR 906: African biblical and theological hermeneutics - elective, 5 ECTS
- PhD-TR 907: Theology and qualitative research: church and practice – elective, 5 ECTS