|Degree:||Master of Arts (MA)|
Religion & Theology
|University website:||Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion|
The goal of the master is to facilitate independent academic research in the domains of theology and religious studies. The chosen major is reinforced with a highly specific research curriculum and a research master’s thesis, preparing students for continued research at doctoral level. Students receive intensive research skills training and are encouraged to combine the in-depth research of their thesis subject with an all-round theological formation. Upon successful completion of their studies, they have received a broad formation, rather than a training specialising exclusively in one area.
The programme comprises the following:
Six courses of the truncus communis and five electives
A research master’s thesis: students write a thesis in two years’ time, presenting the results of their original research. The thesis must provide a structured and coherent survey of the issue while including an evaluation of research already undertaken and demonstrating evidence of an awareness of problems related to the topic.
Chosen major : six major courses
The Faculty's international programmes attract students from all over the world, which adds a valuable intercultural element to your experience. All of the Faculty’s programmes are taught in both Dutch and English and are open to students of every nationality.
The faculty has built a rich history and tradition for excellence ever since its founding in 1432. The Faculty focuses on training students and researchers in scientifically-based, and methodological reflection and application, where theology and religious studies mutually enrich one another.
The library of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is internationally respected as one of the world’s best theological libraries. It contains over 1.3 million volumes and subscribes to more than 1,100 current journals. The library also has a wide range of bibliographical research facilities to support students.
Students who have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in the field of theology or religious studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies or have completed an equivalent programme of seminary formation may be granted admission to the Research Master without further requirements.
Applicants who have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in another discipline in the humanities can prepare themselves for the Research Master in the highly flexible abridged bachelor’s programme.
It is worth noting that our tuition fees are cheaper than in many other European countries thanks to the generous financing of the higher education system by our government. Although all of our programmes are very affordable compared to equivalent universities around the world, the fees for any individual student are contingent upon their choice of academic programme and the nationality of the student.
Our aim is to offer affordable tuition fees for all students, which means we only have a limited number of scholarships available for students from particular backgrounds or studying in particular fields.
The research master’s programme prepares you for admission to the Doctoral Programme in Theology, but also for a variety of careers in sectors including teaching in secondary and higher education, business, publishing, academia, the media, the socio-cultural sector, and various domains of pastoral care. You will also develop skills that are valued by a large number of employers. These include research, analytical and presentation skills, critical thinking, organizational and time management skills, teamwork, and communication and writing skills. Many graduates use these skills while pursuing an international career as experts in the Church and society.