Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Religion, Conflict and Globalisation

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 is the role of religion in modern society? How does globalisation affect local religious traditions? Why does religion appear to inspire both violence and peace?

Looking around the world today, it is clear that religion plays a role in many of the major conflicts going on at various levels. Furthermore religion plays an important role in people's lives worldwide, and has become one of the major ways people connect with each other across the globe. However, the persistence and prominence of the role of religion in contemporary societies is still not sufficiently understood in academic research and in the work of policy-makers, NGO's and journalists.

This degree programme addresses the pivotal place of religion in the dynamics of globalisation that shape present-day societies. The programme is interdisciplinary, examining political, social, psychological and cultural dimensions.

You can choose between a social-cultural track or a socio-political track within the programme.

You will learn to:

    • investigate the consequences of globalisation for religious practices and individual, ethnic and national identities
    • examine how secular frames and identities are implicated in conflicts involving religion
    • understand the relationship between religion, conflict and peace-building
    • analyse national and international conflicts, and learn how they are interwoven with religious interests and opinion
    • write policy recommendations and publicly accessible commentary and critque like opinion pieces and blog posts.

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: www.rug.nl/ggw/education/prosstud/ or contact our International Office: thrs.prospectives@rug.nl

Fees and funding

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

Check our grantfinder for funding: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/financial-matters/grant-finder

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