M.A. Concealed Knowledge : Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR11000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
University of Groningen | Groningen, Netherlands
This Master's degree programme is unique due to its multidisciplinary nature. It combines philological, religious-comparative and cultural-historical approaches. In addition, we offer the first diachronic overview of esotericism from the very beginnings of our Western Culture in ancient Greece to its latest manifestations in modern multicultural society.

Description of Concealed Knowledge : Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism

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Are you interested in the history of 'alternative Christianities'? Ever wondered how occultism and magic shaped modern science and psychology? Or whether New Age is indeed New?

  • Knowledge of the mystical and esoteric currents in the history of religion in Europe, as well as the impact of Hermetic and Gnostic spirituality, is important for a better understanding of European religious and cultural identities.
  • New vistas to understand complexities of European religion and culture
  • Function of esotericism, mysticism and gnosticism in the entangled histories of religion, philosophy and science are explored in an interdisciplinary way
  • Taught by leading experts with a world-class reputation
  • A highly stimulating learning environment
  • You can follow your own research interests

After a solid introduction to ancient philosophical esotericism, and to Hermetic and Gnostic lore, you will:

  • learn about mystical traditions and the influence of Kabbalistic esotericism in Western culture from Late Antiquity down to the present day;
  • be able to analyse and understand ancient and modern esoteric discourses;
  • study the processes of exchange between East and West that have shaped contemporary religious landscapes;
  • uncover underlying connections between ancient and modern religiosity and ponder the persistence or rebirth of religious conceptions and rituals.

Job perspectives

As a graduate, you are specialized in the history and current manifestations of rather unknown religious traditions. This makes you one of the few experts in the field. Your profile will suit a number of different positions ranging from cultural management to legal advice. It also enables you to contribute to articles and television programmes. You will have sufficient knowledge of the subject to teach Religious Studies, Philosophy or Social Studies. You could also opt for a career in research.

Job examples

  • Consulting & Policy

    You are specialized in the history and current manifestations of relatively unknown religious traditions. This makes you one of the few experts in this field. Your profile will suit a number of different positions ranging from cultural management to legal advice.

  • Media & Journalism

    Throughout the West, mystical traditions are being rediscovered, not just as the subject of study but also as a source through which people can find meaning in life. Publishers and broadcasting companies are responding to this new interest. With your academic background you can make an expert contribution to articles, books and television programmes in this area.

  • Education

    Once you have completed this Master's programme, you will have sufficient knowledge of the subject to teach Religious Studies and Philosophy or Social Studies in secondary education. Alternatively, you could opt for a position in higher vocational education. As you also need didactic skills as a teacher, it is advisable to do a Master's in Education after you have completed your regular Master's programme.

  • Academia

    If, during your studies, you come to the conclusion that you would like to stay inacademia, you can choose to apply for a place in the Research Master's after your regularMaster's programme. If you are admitted, you can complete this two-year programme inone year. The Research Master's is a good stepping stone towards a PhD position or aresearch post at a national or international knowledge institute.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Dutch students - May 01, 2015, November 01, 2015; EU/EEA students - May 01, 2015, November 01, 2015; non-EU/EEA students - March 01, 2015, November 01, 2015
Tuition fee
  • EUR 11000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015, February  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme

1 year
  • The MA programme in Concealed Knowledge consists of three thematic course units (30 ECTS) and a thesis (20 ECTS). 10 ECTS are reserved for a practical placement.

Specialisations / Tracks

  • Master's Honours Programme:(honours program)

    Honours programme of the University (15 EC).

    For students who have a Bachelor Honours degree, who have attended a University College or were actively involved in (student)organizations beside the regular master programme.

Programme schedule

Courses

  • Knowledge, secrecy and Revelation in Antiquity (10 EC)
  • Medieval Mysticism, Kabbalah and Contemporary Culture (10 EC)
  • Methodology clinics
  • Master Thesis (20 EC)
  • Modern Esotericism between East and West (10 EC)
  • Placement (10 EC)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC

The master programme Concealed Knowledge: Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism has various exchange possibilities for students with other universities within the European Union, but also at non-European university to take part of the study programme at the university abroad. Another option is to take an internship or to do part of the research work abroad.

Lecturers

The lecturers are renowned specialists in the particular subjects they teach. The research-driven character of their teaching will provide you with both an in-depth analysis of the disciplines and an overall picture of the most recent trends in the study of esoteric discourses within and outside the academic world.

  • Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta (Gnosticism) is Associate professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies. He specializes in alternative Christianities with a special focus on the Nag Hammadi library and the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles.
  • Kocku von Stuckrad (Esotericism) is Professor of Religious Studies and specializes in European history of religion from antiquity down to the present day and Esoteric discourses in European culture, with special emphasis on astrology and kabbalah.
  • Mathilde van Dijk (Mysticism) is Lecturer in the History of Christianity and Gender studies, and specializes in The Devotio Moderna, in the Religious in the Late Middle Ages, Saints and Patristics, and has a special interest in medieval Mysticism.

Requirements for Concealed Knowledge : Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism

International students

language test

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

previous education

  • Bachelor degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy or Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a reading package will be provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Students with another bachelor degree may be admitted via a bridging programme.

written request

  • A letter of motivation to the admissions committee explaining the choice for this study programme (max. 1 page) is required, just like an overview of your bachelor programme, a Curriculum Vitae and a writing sample of an academic paper in OAS (Online Application System).

Dutch students

grade list

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

language test

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

previous education

  • Bachelor degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy or Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a reading package will be provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Students with another bachelor degree may be admitted via a bridging programme.

written request

  • A letter of motivation to the admissions committee explaining the choice for this study program (max. 1 page) is required, just as an overview of the results of your bachelor program, a Curriculum Vitae and a writing sample of an academic paper are part of the admission procedure.

other admission requirements

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

Work Experience for Concealed Knowledge : Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

NVAO (nl)

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