Radboud University

Theology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
The Master’s programme in Theology provides meaning to fundamental questions and ideas that feature in science, culture and faith. Students can specialise in History of Church and Theology, Biblical Exegesis, Practical Theology or Systematic Theology, while gaining a broad perspective through shared courses. The third year trains students for a specific career in Theology.

About

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.

Choose your focus

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:

  • History of Church and Theology
  • Biblical Exegesis
  • Practical Theology
  • Systematic Theology
Specific career training

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.

Open to all students

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.

Broad perspective

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.

Top quality programme

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).

Programme Structure

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.

  • Discipline seminars in literary, historical, systematic and practical theology.
  • Specialisation courses for each specialisation
  • Set Electives (Philosophy Of Religion, Greek & Hebrew, Religious Studies)
  • Open electives
  • Master’s thesis under the close supervision of our expert staff

Coordinators help all students select their electives so that the best possible programme is constructed for them.

Professional profile

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).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    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 (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • 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).

Academic Requirements

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

  • A native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa
  • A Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma
  • A TOEFL score of >=577 (paper based) or >=90 (internet based)
  • An IELTS score of >=6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

3. A proficiency in Hebrew and Greek 

  • Only for students in the Biblical Exegesis specialisation.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Nijmegen

880 - 1400 EUR/month
Living Costs

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

Funding

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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