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The award
MA

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 11500

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About Theology and Religious Studies at University of Groningen

How can we interpret the influence of religion on local and global developments? What are the relationships between religion and other cultural domains such as science, philosophy and politics?

In this Research Master's Programme you will study how religionis embedded in present-day and in historical cultural contexts. You will explore the impact of local and global socio-economic andpolitical developments on religion, and how religion contributes tosuch developments. A staff member whose research interests inreligion matches yours best, will act as your supervisor throughoutthe programme.

You will acquire an overview of central debates in the study ofreligion and develop key research skills by following threecompulsory core modules. We offer three specialisation routeswithin which you can develop your individual research profile andskills. Your individual, tailor made route within the programmeconsists of a combination of optional modules from one of theone-year master specializations, research traineeships,(individual) tutorials and writing a thesis and a researchproposal. The modules, traineeships and tutorials are designed toequip you with in-depth knowledge of specialized subjects, togetherwith subject-specific methodological skills. The finalspecialisation occurs in the Research Master's thesis, which formsthe basis of a PhD thesis proposal or an application for researchfunding.

How can we interpret the influence of religion on local and global developments? What are the relationships between religion and other cultural domains such as science, philosophy and politics?

In this Research Master's Programme you will study how religionis embedded in present-day and in historical cultural contexts. You will explore the impact of local and global socio-economic andpolitical developments on religion, and how religion contributes tosuch developments. A staff member whose research interests inreligion matches yours best, will act as your supervisor throughoutthe programme.

You will acquire an overview of central debates in the study ofreligion and develop key research skills by following threecompulsory core modules. We offer three specialisation routeswithin which you can develop your individual research profile andskills. Your individual, tailor made route within the programmeconsists of a combination of optional modules from one of theone-year master specializations, research traineeships,(individual) tutorials and writing a thesis and a researchproposal. The modules, traineeships and tutorials are designed toequip you with in-depth knowledge of specialized subjects, togetherwith subject-specific methodological skills. The finalspecialisation occurs in the Research Master's thesis, which formsthe basis of a PhD thesis proposal or an application for researchfunding.

After your studies

Job prospects

With a degree in Theology and Religious Studies, you can work asan advisor or policymaker. You can find a job in the media and injournalism, or enter the field of education. You can also pursue aresearch career at a university or research institution. As aspiritual caregiver you can work in care facilities.

Na het behalen van een master Theologie en Religiewetenschappenkun je terecht in advies- en beleidsfuncties. Afgestudeerden werkendaarnaast bij de media en in de journalistiek. Het is ook mogelijkhet onderwijs in te gaan of verder te gaan met onderzoek aan eenuniversiteit. Als geestelijk verzorger kun je aan het werk inzorginstellingen.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Entry requirements

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Additional requirements

More information:

Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

After selection based on the motivation letter, the grade listand other information, an interview with the student is part of theprocedure.

grade average

On average, grades for Bachelor-2 and Bachelor-3 courses shouldbe 7.5 or higher (on a scale of 1 to 10). The quality of the bachelor's (or master's) thesis is very important.

grade list

Certified transcripts should testify to the candidate'scompetences.

language test

Sufficient knowledge of English: a TOEFL score of at least 600(paper), 250 (computer) or 100 (internet), or a minimum score of7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System;overall; 6.5. on parts) is required. Native speakers of the Englishlanguage, as well as Dutch applicants with a VWO certificate, areexempt from this requirement.

previous education

BA in Theology or Religious studies or BA in a related area inHumanities, Philosophy or Social Sciences.

written request

Students have to apply for admittance to the programme by aadmission form and a motivation letter.

other admission requirements

For the admissions procedure see http://www.rug.nl/(...)s/master/admissions/.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

After selection based on the motivation letter, the grade listand other information, an interview with the student is part of theprocedure.

entry testNo further information
grade average

On average, grades for Bachelor-2 and Bachelor-3 courses shouldbe 7.5 or higher (on a scale of 1 to 10). The quality of the bachelor's (or master's) thesis is very important.

grade list

Certified transcripts should testify to the candidate'scompetences.

language test

Sufficient knowledge of English: a TOEFL score of at least 600(paper), 250 (computer) or 100 (internet), or a minimum score of7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System;overall; 6.5. on parts) is required. Native speakers of the Englishlanguage, as well as Dutch applicants with a VWO certificate, areexempt from this requirement.

previous education

BA in Theology or Religious studies or BA in a related area inHumanities, Philosophy or Social Sciences.

reference letter

Two letters of recommendation by professors who are wellacquainted with your work as a student; these letters may be sentto us separately before March 1 (non-EU) and May 1 (EU);

written request

A covering letter outlining your interest in the programme,including your motivation and expectations.

other admission requirements

For other aspects of the admissions procedure (CV, study planproposal, certified copy of your bachelor or master thesis, otherdocuments that may highlight your eligibility for the programme, aphotocopy of your valid passport, copies of your higher educationdiplomas and grade transcripts) see http://www.rug.nl/(...)s/master/admissions/

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band7
IELTS listening6.5
IELTS reading6.5
IELTS writing6.5
IELTS speaking6.5
TOEFL paper based600
TOEFL computer based250
TOEFL internet based100

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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