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Theology & Religious Studies


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How are religion, conflict and peace related? What is the significance of religious heritage in a secular society? And what are the boundaries of tolerance in societies, in past and present?

Religion matters in society: 85% of the world's population identify themselves as religious. And religion is an important factor in many national and international political, cultural and social issues. For instance in relation to climate change, sexual health, meaning making, heritage, radicalization, migration, conflicts and peacebuilding, and discussions about (religious) diversity and identity.

Experts in the field of religion are therefore needed in a world in which religion is an integral and permanent part of everyday life.

At the Faculty of Religion, Culture and Society, we offer one-year Master's programmes that, each from an interdisciplinary approach, study the phenomenon of religion in relation to specific topics:

  • Religion, Conflict and Globalization
  • Heritage and Religion
  • Religion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern
  • Spiritual Care (Dutch)
  • Work and Meaning (Dutch)

Will you join us to make a difference? Challenge yourself and study the religion factor in culture and society.




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 premaster'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.


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Oude Boteringestraat 44
9712 GL Groningen
050 363 9011

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