Theology and Religious Studies (Research), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
How can we interpret the influence of religion on local and global developments? What are the relationships between religion and other cultural domains such as science, philosophy and politics? In this Theology and Religious Studies (Research) Master's Programme from the University of Groningen you will study how religion is embedded in present-day and in historical cultural contexts. 

About

In this Theology and Religious Studies (Research) Master's Programme from the University of Groningen you will explore the impact of local and global socio-economic and political developments on religion, and how religion contributes to such developments. A staff member whose research interests in religion matches yours best, will act as your supervisor throughout the programme.

You will acquire an overview of central debates in the study of religion and develop key research skills by following three compulsory core modules. We offer three specialisation routes within which you can develop your individual research profile and skills. Your individual, tailor made route within the programme consists of a combination of optional modules from one of the one-year master specializations, research traineeships, (individual) tutorials and writing a thesis and a research proposal. 

The modules, traineeships and tutorials are designed to equip you with in-depth knowledge of specialized subjects, together with subject-specific methodological skills. The final specialisation occurs in the Research Master's thesis, which forms the basis of a PhD thesis proposal or an application for research funding.

Job prospects

A degree in Theology and Religious Studies (research) provides a perfect background for:

  • admission to PhD programmes at national and international institutes and universities;
  • positions outside academia for which academic research skills are required;
  • positions as civil servant, advisor or policymaker with local and national government;
  • teaching positions.

Accreditation


Programme Structure

Programme options
  • Religion, Conflict and Globalization (specialization) - addresses the pivotal place of religion in the dynamics of globalization that shape present-day societies.
  • Religion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern (specialization) -  we will explore concepts as religious pluralism, politics, and their many interfaces globally in particular.
  • Religion and Cultural Heritage (specialization) -  combines broad cultural competence with a high-level academic research training and the practical skills relevant for today's job market. 
  • Religion, Health and Wellbeing (specialization) - examines what it means to be ill or healthy in diverse, individualized and highly technological societies, from psychological, cultural, ethical, and political perspectives. 
  • Master's Honours Programme: "Leadership: making the difference' - for students whith a Bachelor Honours degree
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Lecturers


Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    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

  • Assessment interview
  • Grade average - On average, grades for Bachelor-2 and Bachelor-3 courses should be 7.5 or higher (on a scale of 1 to 10).
  • Grade list - Certified transcripts should testify to the candidate's competences.
  • Language test - Sufficient knowledge of English
  • Previous education - BA in Theology or Religious studies or BA in a related area in Humanities, Philosophy or Social Sciences.
  • Written request - Students have to apply for admittance to the programme by a admission form and a motivation letter.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11400 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

750 - 1000 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Several scholarships are available for international students who are motivated to study Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes, as well as for exchanges, short courses and research stays at our university.

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