Program Image Religion, Conflict and Globalization

Religion, Conflict and Globalization


University of Groningen mapmarker icon Groningen Research university
Institution Logo University of Groningen

During the programme, you can specialise in themes such as conflict and peacebuilding, migration and gender.

How are religion, conflict and peace related? How does globalization affect local religious traditions? How do religious and secular parties interact in debates on conflict, migration and gender?

Religion is involved in many of the major conflicts that the world is currently facing, and at various levels. At the same time, religion is also an essential part of people's lives, and has become an important basis for solidarity between people all over the world.

Despite the importance of religion in society and politics, NGOs, governments and journalists alike often have misguided understandings of the role of religion in the modern world, and the meaning that it holds for various peoples, relying on simplistic and outdated assumptions. This can contribute to disagreements, tensions and misunderstandings, with potentially serious consequences.

Within this MA-track, you will study the key role of religion in the dynamics of globalization, and how this relates to conflicts shaping contemporary societies. You will delve into understanding how conflicts and peacebuilding are intertwined with religious interests, practices and diverse identities. The programme is interdisciplinary and comprehensive; including political, social, psychological, cultural and legal dimensions.




Master of Arts


1 year

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530

€ 18,700

€ 15,900


Application requirements

Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts (e.g. International Organizations, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy), Political Sciences or Social Sciences (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's degree may be admitted via a pre-master's programme.

An overview of the courses from the bachelor's programme followed with an explanation of these courses.

An English language test for Dutch students is only required if you do not have a VWO-diploma. TOEFL: 90 internet; IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part). Exemption granted if: -You are a native speaker of, and have completed your full secondary level education in: the USA, Canada (only when taught in English), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand. - You have completed a full-time Bachelor programme (nominal duration of at least three years) in: the USA, Canada (only when English taught), the UK

Language requirements

IELTS overall band
TOEFL internet based

Check when you can start and what you have to pay!

Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
€ 18,700
€ 15,900
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 1 May '24 1 May '24
1 Sep '25 1 May '25 1 May '25
1 Sep '26 1 May '26 1 May '26


You can check if you're eligible for scholarships that apply to this course.

Orange Knowledge Programma (OKP)

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society's sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries.

NL Scholarship

The NL Scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands.

StuNed Scholarship Programme

StuNed Scholarships for master studies, short courses and customised training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least 2 years' work experience in a development-related organisation.



University of Groningen

Main address
Oude Boteringestraat 44
9712 GL Groningen
050 363 9011

Ready to apply?

Visit course website chevron icon
University of Groningen institution image
University of Groningen institution image