Theology and Religious Studies: Research (Master Degree)

the Netherlands

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The award
Master Degree

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2143 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
EUR 12690 per year

All study options

About Theology and Religious Studies: Research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Master's programme Theology and Religious Studies: Research engages you with ins and outs of academic research in a specialized area within theology or religious studies. Your religious convictions are the starting point of a journey, in which you will learn to critically develop your own worldview in dialogue with others.

Endorsing dialogue about theology and religious studies among (young) academics of diverse religious convictions is the first aspect that make this programme unique. Second aspect is developing a sustainable Talent Policy which trains you in the ins and outs of academic research.

Next to compulsory courses, during your Research Master's programme you will enroll in a number of specializations in your field of interest. And, note, there is a lot of freedom in how you will finally organize your programme. We encourage our students to become a community of learners and to engage with the Faculty's life and research.

We offer ten subjects that you can study in depth, but you can also put together a study package that suits your interests:

  • Biblical studies and digital humanities
  • Conflicting Identities in early Christianity
  • Contextual bible interpretation
  • Bible translations
  • History of religious migration
  • Interreligious Studies
  • Reformed and evalangical theology
  • Peace, trauma and religion
  • Buddhism in the west
  • Islam in the west
  • 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-timeHow long you will study2 years
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2143 per yearInternational course feesEUR 12690 per year

    Entry requirements

    Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. 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.

    Specific admission requirements for the Master's Programme Theology and Religious Studies

    • 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. Your grade average needs to be equivalent to (or higher than) a 7.5 in the Dutch grading system.

    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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