Research course

Practical Theology (specialisation)

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

Entry requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Theology or related area

2. 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.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

Searching for traces of meaning in everyday practices, and looking beyond traditional shapes of religiosity.

In the Master’s specialisation in Practical Theology, focuses on the search for theological concepts that match the changing shape of the Christian religion in the life of individuals as well as fresh expressions of religious institutions. The goal is to understand how certain people or groups of people view spirituality today, how they give meaning to lives and how this, sometimes, is at odds with traditional religious conventions.

Researchers at Radboud use unique methodologies that focus on a qualitative study of narratives, communication, and ritual (liturgy) and have expertise in spiritual biographical research, practice-oriented research and discourse analysis. Radboud also has extensive experience in survey research, including comparative cross-religious research. 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 have very diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.

What will you learn?

  • Gain insight into theological theory-building to understand dynamics and meaning of lived religion four different levels: the personal, inter-group relations, organisational and societal level
  • Learn to use empirical research methods in order to build new theory
  • Get experience designing, conducting and presenting your own research

Career prospects

Graduates of this Master’s specialisation in Practical Theology may find work in a variety of positions:

  • Academic research
  • Policy making
  • Journalism
  • Spiritual caretaker
  • Educator

*This is a specialisation of the Master's in Theology

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU € 2,530 Non EU € 12,480

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
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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