Theology and Religious Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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Leuven's famed theology professors will put you in a great position to determine your own future, whether it is in pastoral work, at NGOs throughout the world, in the media, or in politics. The Theology and Religious Studies programme is offered at University of Leuven.

About

The goal of this Master's programme is to expand and deepen students' initial education in Theology and Religious Studies, whether obtained at KU Leuven or elsewhere. It prepares students to engage in independent research in the various domains of Theology and Religious Studies and equips them to function as experts in Church and society.

The curriculum has a twofold focus.

  • On the one hand, students are given the opportunity to specialise and write a Master's thesis in one of the faculty's six research disciplines or majors: biblical studies, systematic theology, theological ethics, history of Church and theology, pastoral theology, and religious studies.
  • On the other hand, the curriculum continues to offer a general orientation towards the interdisciplinary academic investigation of the Christian faith tradition in a multi-cultural and multi-religious social context.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Objectives:

Final attainment levels with respect to the Programme of Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies as a whole:

  • a profound understanding of the contents and methods of Theology and Religious Studies.
  • thorough acquaintance with and practice of the contents and methods of one of the subdisciplines (majors).
  • the ability to identify and distinguish religious problems in their multifacetedness (sources of a particular religion, ethical questions, etc).
  • insight into the relationship between the study of problems addressed in religious sciences and the actual social context, which is marked by an ever growing globalization and a plurality with respect to religion, world-views and ethics.
  • the ability to recognize and formulate new questions relating to the meaning of human existence, theological problems and religious challenges.

Career perspectives

Degrees in Theology and Religious Studies prepare students for a variety of careers, including secondary and higher education, publishing, the media, academic research and the various domains of pastoral care.

Graduates who wish to engage in further specialisation, can continue their study career by enrolling for the Research Master: Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies.

The Theology and Religious Studies programme is offered at University of Leuven.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contextual Hermeneutical Approaches to the Bible
  • Christianity & Contemporary Culture
  • Developments in Theological Ethics
  • Spirituality and Mysticism in the History of Western Christianity
  • Seminar Catechetics and Pastoral Care in Various Stages of Life
  • The Study of Lived Religion

          Audience

          • knowledge of and insight into the fundamental concepts and methods of theology in relation to its distinct methodological perspectives.
          • knowledge of and insight into the fundamental concepts and methods of religious studies, inter-religious dialogue and the study of the major world religions.
          • knowledge of and insight into the fundamental concepts and methods of canon law.

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity Full-time
            • Full-time duration 12 months
          • Credits
            60 ECTS
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

          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.

            Take IELTS test
          • Minimum required score:

            550

            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:

            79

            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

            After an Abridged Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies (120 credits):
            • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
            • Another Bachelor's or Master's degree
            • Complete programme of formation leading to ordination as a minister of a recognised Christian faith

              Tuition Fee

              Living costs for Leuven

              870 - 1,300 EUR/month
              Living Costs

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

              Funding

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