The contemporary world is characterised by rapid innovations in science and technology. These developments contribute to economic growth and prosperity, but simultaneously require positioning, and more specifically people who can provide meaning and a meaningful direction. Theologians are those people as they are trained in systematic reflection of fundamental questions and ideas that feature in science, culture and faith. They can contribute to the dialogue between believing and knowing.
Radboud University aims to train such theologians. The central focus in the three-year Master's programme in Theology is on the tension between universal truth claims within belief systems and the diverse cultural contexts in which they are expressed. We are concerned with how the Christian faith addresses matters in society at large and with the public relevance of Christian beliefs and doctrines.
Radboud University offers theology Master’s students a comprehensive academic programme in which they broaden their knowledge of theology and specialise in one of four disciplines of theology:
The third year is aimed at training students for a specific profession. Students can choose research (English), education (Dutch), religion and policy (Dutch) or spiritual care (Dutch).
Graduates of the Master’s programme in Theology are specifically trained to become researchers, policy makers, educators, pastoral care workers or spiritual counsellors. Other professions upon graduation include pastoral worker, journalist, curator and archivist. In a globalising world more and more institutions require skills in theological communication and hermeneutics.
Radboud University and its Theology department are Roman Catholic in origin, but its Master’s programme in Theology is open to all students. Our students and staff have very diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.
The facilitate this diversity, our tuition fees are low for all students, regardless of nationality.
Thanks to electives, students have plenty of room to choose a direction that meets their professional and academic interests. Taking a few seminars from the other theology disciplines of choice (Church History, Literary Theology or Practical Theology) is mandatory to broaden students general knowledge on Theology.
This Master's programme was recently awarded the quality label ‘Top Programme' and rated best in their field in the Keuzegids Masters 2017 (Guide to Master's programmes).
The Master’s programme in Theology is taught at the Special Faculty of Theology. It has a course load of 180 EC* (three years). All the courses are 10 EC and the Master’s Thesis is 20 EC.
Coordinators help all students select their electives so that the best possible programme is constructed for them.
Students can choose one of four professional profiles. This profile will determine the structure of your third year. You can choose research (English), education (Dutch), religion and policy (Dutch) or spiritual care (Dutch).
You can apply until:
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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1. A completed Bachelor’s degree in Theology or a related area, which is equivalent to a Dutch WO Bachelor.
2. A proficiency in English
3. A proficiency in Hebrew and Greek
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Please check which scholarship is applicable in your case.Orange Tulip Scholarship
Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, South-Korea, Russia and China - offers a tuition fee waiver of 6,750 euros and exemption from visa and health insurance costs.Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships
Open to excellent American students - the grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros, international travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered.Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship
Open to students from China - the Dutch contribution to the scholarship consist of monthly allowance 1,000 euros, international travel costs 1,400 euros, tuition/research fee 1,951 euros, it also covers the cost of visa, insurance and other.DIKTI-Neso Scholarships
Aimed at lecturers at higher education instituations in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.Dutch Student Finance
EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.
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