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About Religion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern at University of Groningen

How did the ancient Romans view religious-political differences? How did ancient Jewish, Christian, and Muslim authorities use authoritative texts? What potential for pluralism exists in modern monotheisms and secularisms?

Tension between group solidarity and productive relationswith ' others'  has been part of human history for as long asevidence exists. In Europe it has played out most enduringly inrelations among the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity,and Islam. Today, in the face of mass migration from Muslimregions, questions of political identity and belonging remain boundup with religious affiliation. This one-year degree programmefocuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims in theantique world and how these relations have formed our modernsociety. We will explore concepts as religious pluralism, politics,and their many interfaces globally in particular.

In this track within the Master's Programme in Theology& Religious Studies, you will:

* examine the literary sources of Judaism, Christianity,and Islam in a historically informed way in order to bring criticalperspectives to modern interpretations;
* identify continuing issues in Jewish, Christian, and Islamicself-definition, toleration of difference, and exclusionary orconversionist tendencies;
* map a range of ancient possibilities for coexistence orconviviality and their opposites under changingconditions.

How did the Romans view religious-political differences? How did ancient Jewish, Christian, and Muslim authorities use authoritative texts? What potential for pluralism exists in modern monotheisms and secularisms?

Tension between group solidarity and productive relationswith ' others'  has been part of human history for as long asevidence exists. In Europe it has played out most enduringly inrelations among the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity,and Islam. Today, in the face of mass migration from Muslimregions, questions of political identity and belonging remain boundup with religious affiliation. This one-year degree programmefocuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims in theantique world and how these relations have formed our modernsociety. We will explore concepts as religious pluralism, politics,and their many interfaces globally in particular.

In this track you will:

  • examine the literary sources of Judaism, Christianity,and Islam in a historically informed way in order to bring criticalperspectives to modern interpretations;
  • identify continuing issues in Jewish, Christian, andIslamic self-definition, toleration of difference, and exclusionaryor conversionist tendencies;
  • map a range of ancient possibilities for coexistence orconviviality and their opposites under changingconditions.

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grade list

A grade list of the marks of your bachelor's degree programmewith an explanation of the followed courses.

language test

TOEFL: 580 paper/237 computer/92 internet; IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 oneach part) (not for native speakers)

previous education

Bachelor degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophyor Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology).Depending on your former study and courses a reading package willbe provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature. Students withanother bachelor's degree can be permitted via a bridgingprogramme.

written request

A letter of motivation to the admissions committee explainingthe choice for this study programme (max. 1 page) is required, justlike an overview of your bachelor programme, a Curriculum Vitae anda writing sample of an academic paper in OAS (Online ApplicationSystem).

other admission requirements

Dutch students send all the documentation by mail to onderwijs.ggw@rug.nl, evenif a direct access is applicable.

Admission requirements

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grade list

A grade list of the marks of your bachelor's degree programmewith an explanation of the followed courses.

language test

A (English) language test is only important if you do not have aVWO-diploma. Minimum requirements: TOEFL 580 paper/237 computer/92internet or IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part)

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts,Philosophy or Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology,Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a readingpackage will be provided. We assume that you are aware of theconcepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.Students with another bachelor's degree may be admitted via abridging programme.

written request

A letter of motivation to the admissions committee explainingthe choice for this study programme (max. 1 page) is required, justlike an overview of your bachelor's programme, a Curriculum Vitaeand a writing sample of an academic paper are part of theadmissions procedure.

other admission requirements

Dutch students send all the documentation by mail to onderwijs.ggw@rug.nl, evenif a direct access is applicable.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Tuition fees

NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
non-EU/EEA2017-2018€ 11400full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 11500full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time

Talent Grant available for Non-EU students, check this and otherfunding options here: https://www.rug.nl/(...)-scholarships-theors

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 May 201901 September 2019
non-EU/EEA students01 April 201801 September 2018
01 April 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 May 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 May 201901 September 2019

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    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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