Research course

Philosophy of Religion (Research) (specialisation)

Radboud University · Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
MA by research

Entry requirements

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines).

The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10).
On the page "Conversions of international grades" you will find an indication of what the equivalent of a Dutch 7.5 or 8 might be in the country where you obtained your Bachelor’s degree.

A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets the conditions, listed on our website.

Highly motivated

An applicant must be able to demonstrate to the Examination Board that they have serious research interests and skills. Applicant must write a motivation letter and send a writing sample which can help evaluate their research and writing skills.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

The Master's research specialisation in Philosophy of Religion focuses on questions regarding the relation between philosophy and religion, in effect of modern and contemporary philosophy and religious experience. You will examine the works of such authors including: Agamben, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, De Certeau, Foucault, Gauchet, Said and Taylor.

This programme is the only research master in philosophy in the Netherlands that offers a specialisation in philosophy of religion. It is also closely connected with the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy, meaning you will learn from and work with experts in the field.

What will you learn?

  • Gain a theoretical understanding regarding faith and religious practices, and the link between philosophy and religion
  • Link the subject of religion to other philosophical fields such as philosophical ethics, political philosophy, philosophical anthropology or the history of philosophy
  • Get valuable experience designing, conducting and presenting your own research

Career prospects

This programme has been designed for people with the ambition to do research. Graduates tend to fall into one of three groups:

  • A majority of the students continue their research within academia by applying for a doctoral programme in the Netherlands or abroad. We take particular pride in the fact that more than 75 percent of our graduates manage to obtain a PhD position within two years of graduating.
  • A second group goes on to teach philosophy at secondary schools.
  • And a third group enter research-related professions outside of education.

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Fees and funding

UK students
€ 13,728
International students
EU € 2,530 Non EU € 13,728

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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