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The main focus of the school is research and education in theology and religious studies. Theology has a long and complex history in Tartu, extending back to the Middle Ages and it has been taught at the University of Tartu since the university was founded in 1632. Religious studies as a separate field of research and education has developed in the past few decades. The school tries to build upon longstanding traditions as well as adapt to the modern world around it, creating an intricate, but productive environment for present and future development. Until 2015, the school was called the Faculty of Theology.
Both theology and religious studies are represented in the curriculum at BA, MA, and PhD level. For more information about study programmes see here.
Teaching at the school is research-based and the specific research topics vary from Ancient Near East religions to the relationship of science and religion and the sociological study of contemporary religious trends in Estonia. More information about the main fields of research at the school can be found here.
The school has many cooperative agreements with different churches in Estonia, but is not directly related to any of them, maintaining its academic independence. Theology taught at the school can be described as protestant, but is not linked to any specific protestant church. Religious studies at the school strives to maintain its independence and neutrality in these matters and concentrates on strictly academic research and teaching, working in close cooperation with the Estonian Society for the Study of Religions.
The School of Theology and Religious Studies offers courses in Ancient Near Eastern Cultural and Religious History. The teaching is of a superior level and all professors actively engage in contemporary scholarship.
The former Faculty of Theology had a rich tradition of teaching Semitic languages before the Second World War, when the eminent scholars Alexander von Bulmerincq, Uku Masing and Arthur Vööbus were professors. After the reopening of the faculty, international collaboration has gradually ensured that the University of Tartu has earned a reputation as a research centre.
International colloquia, seminars, and small conferences are often organised in Tartu. For example, the conference of the international Melammu project, which investigated Mesopotamian cultural heritage, took place in Tartu in 2015.