This course manual is to provide a general framework for the PhD-courses offered in the Nordic Network for the Study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the First Millennium (NNJCI). These guidelines are to ensure continuity in format and that the courses can be made part of the PhD-students’ doctoral training, awarding 5 ECTS at successful participation in the courses. Still, responsibility and decisions for the respective courses rests with the organising institution(s).



Each course should have a topic relevant to the NNJCI areas of study, and aim at a comparative and/or multidisciplinary approach to the topic or field of study chosen.



The courses are aimed at PhD-students, but can also include postdocs, advanced masters students and faculty in relevant fields. We welcome participants from all Nordic institutions of higher education.

The number of participants should ideally be between 12 to 15, no less than 8 and no more than 20. Participants should be chosen in an application process where their motivation, qualifications and the course’s relevance for their research projects is taken into account.

Courses should be announced well in advance, and all NNJCI participants shall be involved in the advertising and recruitment of participants.


Course Format

A course should take the form of an excursion to a relevant location in the Mediterranean area, in its widest sense, and its duration should be between 7 to 12 days.

Courses will consist of a combination of excursions and seminars/lectures.

The course should equal 5 ECTS.

Courses should take place in autumn (oct-nov).


Academic Requirements

The course should include a bibliography of relevant literature (approx. 500 pages)

Participants are expected to familiarise themselves with this literature before the course, in addition to other possible pre-assignments.

For a successful completion of the course, participants also need to provide either a relevant presentation or paper, which must be approved by the organising scholar(s). Upon this approval, the organiser will provide the participants with a confirmation of their successful participation and completion of the course. However, it is up to the PhD-student to organise the approval of these ECTS with their own institution.



The organising institution(s) is responsible for securing funding for their course.

As a rule, participants are required to cover their own costs, but not pay tuition.