Research course

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. The quality of the bachelor's (or master's) thesis is very important.

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 domains such as science, philosophy and politics?

In this Research Master's Programme you will study how religion is embedded in present-day and in historical cultural contexts. You will explore the impact of local and global socio-economic and political developments on religion, and how religion contributes to such developments. A staff member whose research interests in religion matches yours best, will act as your supervisor throughout the programme.

You will acquire an overview of central debates in the study of religion and develop key research skills by following three compulsory core modules. We offer three specialisation routes within which you can develop your individual research profile and skills. Your individual route within the programme consists of a combination of optional modules, research traineeships, (individual) tutorials and writing a thesis and a research proposal. The modules, traineeships and tutorials are designed to equip you with in-depth knowledge of specialized subjects, together with subject-specific methodological skills. The final specialisation occurs in the Research Master's thesis, which forms the basis of a PhD thesis proposal or an application for research funding.

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 the webpage or contact our International Office:

Candidates also require a sufficient knowledge of English: 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) is required. Native speakers of the English language, as well as Dutch applicants with a VWO certificate, are exempt from this requirement.

Fees and funding

International students
EU €2,006

Check the funding-page of the Graduate School.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Drs. Thea de Boer