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Theology and Religious Studies (Research) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Master's programme Theology and Religious Studies: Research engages you with ins and outs of academic research in a specialized area within theology or religious studies. Your religious convictions are the starting point of a journey, in which you will learn to critically develop your own worldview in dialogue with others.

 

Endorsing dialogue about theology and religious studies among (young) academics of diverse religious convictions is the first aspect that make this programme unique. Second aspect is developing a sustainable Talent Policy which trains you in the ins and outs of academic research.

 

Next to compulsory courses, during your Research Master's programme you will enroll in a number of specializations in your field of interest. And, note, there is a lot of freedom in how you will finally organize your programme. We encourage our students to become a community of learners and to engage with the Faculty’s life and research.


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Theology and Religious Studies (Research)

The study programme

 

Specializations

 

The Master's programme Theology & Religious Studies: Research offers specializations in a Thematic and in a Theological tradition, which are directly linked to research centers that are part of the faculty.

 

The Master's programme Theology & Religious Studies: Research is a two-year programme (120 EC). The programme consists of in-depth training in specialized research and allows advanced studies in all major subdomains in theology and religious studies. There are ten different specialisations to choose from. 

 

First year

Regardless of which specialization you choose, the first year starts with a course in Hermeneutics where this pivotal approach to theology and religious studies will be taught and exercised. You will also take two courses within your chosen specialization and do a research internship that provides insight into the chosen field of study. Furthermore, you will develop your academic skills preparing and delivering a conference paper. In addition, you will read two classical (theological) works together with students from other specializations.

 

Second year

In the second year, you will follow two courses in your specialization and one course of your own choice, further deepening and broadening your academic expertise. Furthermore, you will design a proposal for your thesis and a PhD dissertation, and gain skills in writing articles for peer-reviewed journals.


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Theology and Religious Studies (Research)

On graduating with a Research Master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies, you will be prepared for a doctorate trajectory or a career as researcher, either in the academic world or elsewhere.


You’ll have the skills to do research, write articles and present papers. And you’ll be specialized in the topic of your choice.


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Theology and Religious Studies (Research)

I have an international degree

 

Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. 

 

In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.  

 

Specific admission requirements for the Master’s Programme Theology and Religious Studies

  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology or Religious Studies from a university abroad will only be admitted following an assessment of their degree by the admissions board. Your grade average needs to be equivalent to (or higher than) a 7.5 in the Dutch grading system.

 

General English language proficiency requirements

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Exceptions are made for students who have completed a bachelor or master in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

 

The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to this master programme are:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: 92 overall
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C

 

I have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university (Bachelor's degree from VU Amsterdam, VU pre-master’s certificate or a Bachelor’s degree from another university)

 

Students holding a Bachelor’s degree in Theology or Religious studies (the average grade has to be 7.5 or higher) from a Dutch University are directly eligible for admittance in this Research Master’s programme.


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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Humanities

Degree

Master of Arts

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

Application deadline

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years - shorter duration possible

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 12690 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Humanities

Degree

Master of Arts

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years - shorter duration possible

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 12690 EUR / year

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