Research course (will run subject to approval)

Theology and Religious Studies (Research Master)

University of Groningen · University of Groningen
MA by research

Entry requirements

BA in Theology or Religious studies or BA in a related area in Humanities, Philosophy or Social Sciences. On average, grades should be 7.5 or higher (on a scale of 1 to 10). Sufficient knowledge of Englishis required: a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper), 250 (computer) or 100 (internet), or a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System; overall; 6.5. on parts). Native speakers of the English language, as well as Dutch applicants with a VWO certificate, are exempt from this requirement. After selection, an interview with the student is part of the procedure. For more information, see:

Months of entry


Course content

How can we interpret the influence of religion on local and global developments? What are the relationships between religion and other cultural systems such as science, philosophy and politics?

This Research Master's programme is a mix of a compulsory foundation and an individual route in which you can specialize further in terms of both content and methodology. In the core modules, you learn to define your own position as a junior researcher. We offer you a unique approach to the study of religion. Pluralism, for example, is an important characteristic of all our research. In the study of the three monotheistic religions, considerable attention is paid to alternative movements. We research how religion is embedded in culture. The global and diachronic perspective of our research is also represented. It is important to conduct research not only from Western and modern perspectives, but also from other cultural and historical ones.

The individual route comprises three elements: electives , research traineeships, and writing a thesis and a research proposal. The electives are designed to equip you with in-depth knowledge of specialized subjects, together with subject-specific skills and methodological knowledge. The final specialization occurs in the Research Master's thesis, which forms the basis of a PhD thesis proposal or an application for research funding.

From the regular courses of the Master's programme of Theology and Religious Studies you will choose three additional courses.



In the first year the programme exists of two compulsory courses (20 EC), three optional courses (30 EC) and a research traineeship (10 EC).

The second year includes another compulsory course (10 EC) and two research traineeships (20 EC). The programme will be completed with a master thesis (25 EC) and a research proposal (5 EC).

Department specialisms

The programme directly benefits from cutting-edge research carried out within the three departments of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies: 1. Department of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Origins > the formative stages of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their dynamic interrelationship in the context of ancient Near Eastern, Graeco-Roman and late antique cultures. 2. Department of Comparative Study of Religions > Historians, anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists are working together to critically investigate religion as a cultural factor that is so influential in the modern world. 3. Department Christianity and the History of Ideas > analyses the continuing formative power of Christianity from the perspective of a contextualized history of ideas, in which conceptual continuities and transformations are related to their broader cultural contexts.

Information for international students

Immediately after arrival, international students will be allocated a mentor who will help them get to know the Faculty. For more information see: or contact our International Office:

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 1984 (per year)
International students
€ 1984 / € 11200 (EU/Non-EU)

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Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Kees van den Ende
+31 50 363 5581