Utrecht University

Religious Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15167
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The Research Master's programme in Religious Studies at Utrecht University is a challenging, research-oriented programme that prepares you for participation in current debates in the international community of scholars of religion, and to make your own contributions to the field.

About

Explore religion and its interconnections with society and culture

Are you interested in the vibrant world of religions? Do you want to study how sacred texts such as the Bible or the Quran have been formed and interpreted throughout the ages? Do you want to understand why religious images, buildings, clothes, and everyday practices often provoke fierce debates or even violent conflicts?

Specialisation

The programme at Utrecht University combines an advanced grounding in the central themes and theories of the study of religion, with ample opportunity for specialisation. You can choose and develop your specific expertise in relation to one of the key research areas of our institute.

  • Religious texts and interpretative practices: This research area focuses on the study of religious traditions from the perspective of sacred texts: their interpretation and the religious rituals and practices associated with them, and discussions on the authority of religious texts.
  • Materiality and physicality of lived religion: This area focuses on the study of the use of the body and the senses in religious practices, such as praying, dancing, fighting, and fasting; the function of objects withing the context of religious practices, such as images, buildings, food, clothing, and money; and public controversies.

As a student of this programme, you will become part of an international community of students, PhD researchers, postdocs, and senior scholars working together at a leading research institute. You will attend small-scale seminars and learn from renowned scholars, who will actively involve you in their own research.

After graduation

During this Research Master’s programme, you will develop the knowledge and skills to independently develop and carry out high-quality research in various branches of Religious Studies. As a graduate of this programme, you will have:

  • A broad understanding of the entire field of Religious Studies.
  • Thorough knowledge and methodological skills in a specific subfield.
  • The knowledge and skills to present research results both orally and in writing.
  • An international network of junior and senior scholars in the field of Religious Studies.

The programme also equips you for further advanced research, such as a PhD in Religious Studies or related disciplines (such as Islamic Studies or Anthropology), or for a career in one of the many fields that require advanced research skills.

Academic career

After successful completion of the programme, you are fully prepared to compete successfully for PhD positions in Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, or cognate disciplines (such as Anthropology). Your training also equips you to pursue non-academic career paths requiring advanced research skills.

Programme Structure

  • Doing research in religious studies (compulsory)
  • Theories and methods in the study of religion (compulsory)
  • Humanities today (compulsory)
  • Religious texts and interpretive practices (compulsory)
  • Materiality and corporeality of lived religion (compulsory)
  • Piety and violence
  • Transgressive religion: charisma, antinomianism and ecstasy
  • RST-tutorial religious studies I
  • RST-tutorial religious studies II
Electives
  • Contemporary cultural theory
  • Rules of play
  • The classical tradition
  • Thinking literature: creative forms of knowledge
  • Cultural memory and citizenship
  • Ecologies of curation
  • Issues in postcoloniality
  • Media materialities
  • Urban interfaces
  • Aesthetics of the posthuman
  • Corporeal literacy
  • Religion, violence, and refugees in the age of shakespeare
  • The body in feminist theory and practice
  • Rst-internship religious studies

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or in one of the social sciences:

  • Religious Studies; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Anthropology; History; Area Studies; Philosophy; Cultural Studies; Theology; Humanistic Studies; Liberal Arts and Sciences at university colleges, with courses in Religious Studies or other relevant disciplines; General Social Sciences; Sociology.
  • Proven interest in Religious Studies, as evidenced in a minimum of 30 EC in a relevant field at the Bachelor’s level.
  • A high standard of academic achievement, as evidenced in an overall grade point average and a Bachelor’s thesis grade equaling “good” or better in the applicable national system. (Typically, Dutch grade 7.5; US grade B; ECTS grade C.)
Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.