Theology and Religious Studies - Peace, Trauma and Religion (Master Degree)

the Netherlands

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The award
Master Degree

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 1084 per year

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts

International course fees
EUR 9696 per year

All study options

About Theology and Religious Studies - Peace, Trauma and Religion at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The one-year Master's degree programme Theology & Religious Studies focuses on specific professional fields. You will be prepared for a professional career within or outside religious institutions. Each specialization focuses on their own field.

Interreligious Studies

Globalisation has given rise to an even greater need for religious dialogue in all areas of society, from politics and business to education and daily life. Increasing mobility, changing ways of communication and flows of migrants have all made the world a smaller place - and the need for social cohesion greater than ever. This track will give you the knowledge and skills you need to help build bridges between people from different faith traditions and so contribute to that improved social cohesion. If you want to become part of that, this track might be for you.

Peace, Trauma and Religion

Religion is often misused to incite violent conflicts, but at the same time, it is one of the strongest ethical and spiritual resources for conflict resolution and transitional justice. This Master's programme explores and teaches the knowledge, skills and insights you will need for a career in the growing field of peace and conflict studies.

Exploring a Discipline

This track offers you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of one particular topic, or discipline, within theology and religious studies. You can pursue a thematic or disciplinary focus of your own choice; the faculty's research centres offer various specialisations.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMaster DegreeHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 1084 per yearInternational course feesEUR 9696 per year

Entry requirements

The Faculty's Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

In order to gain admission to one of our Master's programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.

Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Theology or Religious Studies from a university abroad will only be admitted following an assessment of their degree by the admissions board.

Students with Bachelor's degrees in other disciplines are also welcome to apply, provided that the degree obtained is from a research-oriented university. Before the start of the academic year the student needs to have an intake with the coordinator of the specialization. The aim of this intake is to discuss possible deficiencies in theological knowledge of the student.

General English language proficiency requirements

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Exceptions are made for students who have completed a bachelor or master in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to this master programme are:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: 92 overall
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C

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