The Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages
Moscow State Linguistic University

THEOLOGY 48.03.01 - Systematic Theology

Specialisation: Systematic Theology

Degree: Bachelor

Study Mode: Full Time


Full Time: 4 academic years (240ECTS)

Entry Criteria: Russian Certificate of Complete Secondary Education (or equivalent), with school-leaving Unified State Examination results in History, Foreign Language and Russian.

If you are interested in the history and the teachings of different religions and especially of Christianity, if numerous questions of philosophy and history have always fascinated you, you will find a lot of profound knowledge and a chance to conduct your own scholarly research here. Three ancient and two modern languages will enable you to become a theologian who can work either as a consultant in state or church institutions or who can devote his/her life to the mysterious discipline of theology.

Programme Overview

The programme offers you a great opportunity to study three ancient (ancient Greek, Latin, Church Slavonic) and two modern (German and English) languages and get fundamental training in the field of Christian Orthodox theology. This will make you a unique specialist, one who has enough competence to work in any sphere of church and public life connected with interreligious communication. The curriculum covers a wide range of theological disciplines, such as Dogmatics, Liturgical Theology, Religious Philosophy, Biblical Studies of the Old and the New Testament, and other courses necessary for every theologian, such as Pedagogy and Psychology, Science and Religion, Patristics, Church Law and New Religious Movements. The programme consists of both theoretical and practical parts. Every year you choose a subject you want to study in depth, then you research it with guidance from your tutor and at the end of the year you present the results of your work.

At the end of your studies you will give a viva presentation of your graduation research paper (Bachelor’s Thesis).

After graduation you will be able to work in public or church consulting groups, in schools or educational centres. You can also be engaged in research or teaching, or work as an interpreter or translator in the field of theology and related disciplines. Those interested in further studies and more advanced research will definitely appreciate the Master programme our university offers.

Year 1

The first year focuses on giving you a sound foundation in subjects such as Ethics and Axiology in Religion, Orthodox Culture, History of Ancient and Non-Christian Religions. It is also the time when the foundation of your first foreign language (German) and two ancient ones (Ancient Greek and Latin) will be laid.

Year 2

In the second year, you are going to proceed with the languages, adding your second modern language (English) and your third ancient language (Church-Slavonic). Theology will be represented in such aspects as Dogmatics, New Testament Biblical Studies , History of Ancient Christian Church. The second semester is a time of your first work placement period (in a library).

Year 3

In your third year, theological disciplines get even more specialised with Liturgics, Patristics, Religious Philosophy and Old Testament Biblical Studies. You will also be offered a choice of optional courses in Educational Psychology and Pedagogy. The second semester is a time of your second work placement period (in a school). The languages curriculum continues.

Year 4

The theoretical disciplines of your final year consolidate the knowledge you already have and prepare you for future practical work, and they will be particularly relevant for your research. Your fourth year will bring even more electives, relating to Modern Biblical Studies, Religious Philosophy and the like. You will be allowed 4 weeks to complete your Bachelor’s Thesis.