Academic Studies

The Newman Institute has a faculty of highly-qualified teachers, and academic programs and courses in theology, philosophy and cultural studies. 

Academic Programs

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programs in theology and philosophy. Each comprises 180 credits and three years of full-time study. 
  • Associate’s Degree Programs in theology and philosophy. Each comprises 120 credits and three years of full-time study.
  • Master’s Degree program in theology.


A wide variety of individual courses are offered in theology and philosophy, with perspectives on literature, art, history, ecclesial architecture, music and film. Starting in the autumn term of 2023 the institute introduces a special focus on courses with an emphasis on ecology.

Courses are offered in both Swedish and English, mainly at The Newman Institute’s location in Uppsala. Many courses are also available for distance learning.

The Academic Year

The Swedish academic year is divided into two terms starting with the autumn term (from the end of August until the second week of January) and followed by the spring term (from the third week of January until the first week of June). 

At The Newman Institute each term is split into two modules, and most of the courses are given according to this division in four modules per year. There are no formal breaks, but the Christmas week and the Holy week are normally lecture-free.


Application for single courses is handled through the national authority for higher education in Sweden: universityadmissions.se (in English) or antagning.se (in Swedish). 

The timeframe for applications is March 15th–April 17th (autumn term) and September 15th–October 16th (spring term). The dates may vary according to the yearly calendar, so check the admission websites for exact application days. 

If you are an Erasmus student and have already filled in your OLA, you do not need to apply for the courses. 


For questions concerning content of the courses, please contact, Erik Åkerlund, director of studies.

For questions concerning application and other practicalities, contact Lidia Fioravanti, international officer/Erasmus+ coordinator.