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Theology and Religious Studies: Spirituality and Religion


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In the Religious Studies Master’s programme you will study the changing role of religion and spirituality in contemporary societies and their historical roots. The programme trains students to use historical methods in tandem with social-scientific ones. Within the programme, you choose to specialise in Spirituality and Esotericism in Western Culture or in the study of Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Societies. There is also the possibility to specialise in Spirituality and Religion in Islam.

You will learn to conduct research from a critical perspective, to work with archival and other primary sources, and to present your results in an elaborate,  coherent way. Upon completion of the programme, you will have a firm grasp of the historical roots of spirituality and the changing role of religion in society. You can use this in your future careers in such fields as research, policy, education, or in the cultural sector.

The Master’s in Spirituality and Religion at the University of Amsterdam is unique in the world in its exclusive focus on spirituality and religion. It offers, among others, courses on Western esotericism and on the changing place of spirituality and religion in contemporary society. This one-year programme is taught in English, and welcomes both Dutch and international students from a broad range of disciplines.




Master of Arts


1 year

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530

€ 17,270

€ 15,700


Application requirements

The Master's in Religion and Spirituality is open for application to students with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in humanities or social sciences with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies) taken in the field of Religious Studies or any other area (such as history, cultural studies or art studies) that is pertinent to the study of Spirituality and/or Religion.

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Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
€ 17,270
€ 15,700
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 1 Mar '24 1 Mar '24


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Gebouw E, Roetersstraat 11
1018 WB Amsterdam
020-525 1401

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