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Ancient Scriptures and Cultures: Judaism, Christianity and Islam

University of Groningen · University of Groningen

Entry requirements

Required previous education: Bachelor degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy or Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a reading package will be provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature. Students with another bachelor degree can be permitted via a bridging programme. Language requirements: TOEFL: 580 paper/237 computer/92 internet; IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part) (not for native speakers). A letter of motivation to the admissions committee explaining the choice for this study programme (max. 1 page) is required, just like an overview of your bachelor programme, a Curriculum Vitae and a writing sample of an academic paper in OAS (Online Application System).

Months of entry


Course content

What do the sacred texts of Jews, Christians and Muslims have in common? In which historical and cultural contexts did these religions emerge and how did they interact? Find out in this programme.

In contemporary discourse about religion, the origins and sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam play an important role. Understanding these origins and the traditions associated with them is vital for assessing modern claims.

In this internationally unique Master's degree programme, you will explore the formative stages of the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Central to this programme is a comparative perspective.

You will acquire in-depth knowledge of the separate traditions and communities, and gain deeper understanding of their origins and interaction. Your expertise will enable you to contribute to the contemporary cultural and academic debate about religion.

The MA programme in Ancient Scriptures and Cultures consists of three thematic course units (30 ECTS) and a thesis (20 ECTS). 10 ECTS are reserved for a practical placement.

The three thematic courses are:

  • Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Ancient Mediterranean (10 EC)
  • Revealed Knowledge: Sacred Texts in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (10 EC)
  • Texts of Terror: Violence, Power and Politics (10 EC)

Information for international students

The courses are taught in English. Immediately after arrival, international students will be allocated a mentor who will help them get to know the Faculty. For more information, see our website or contact our International Office.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 1,984
International students
€ 1,984 (EU/EEA) / € 11,200 (non-EU/EEA)

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations15
Written coursework / continuous assessment15
Professional practice10

Course contact details

Kees van den Ende
+31 50 363 9382