Studying in the inspiring environment of the city of Amsterdam and the diverse Faculty of Theology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Theology and Religious Studies - Exploring a Discipline program allows you to pursue your own area of interest in theology and the study of religion.Besides these 2 modules, you are free to choose 3 modules from the list of master courses in the first semester. You can choose specialisation courses in Dogmatics, Biblical Studies, Church History, Practical Theology, Philosophy and Religion and Islamic Theology and courses from the other 4 specialisations (Leadership, Media, Spiritual Care and Teaching Religious Diversity).
This qualifies a graduate for a range of professions, such as:
- policy advisor on religion in governmental and NGO contexts (think of a police force that has to come to terms with religious radicalism);
- editor in the field of religious publishing (imagine doing an internship in such publishing and making a career out of it);
- specialist in the field of religion and law (needed when religious and secular law collide);
- advisor or manager of educational programs in the field of religion and society (increasingly in demand, given widely spread ‘religious illiteracy’);
- theological advisor to institutions with a religious background (for instance, schools and hospitals).
Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day
During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
- The various tracks, thematic tracks and tracks within a theological tradition, offer particular sets of modules for this part of the programme, information can be obtained from the contact persons of the track you are interested in.
- In the module on hermeneutics you will be taught philosophical hermeneutics, which is one of pillars in the methodology of theology and religious studies. ‘Research Skills’ will deepen your understanding of methodology. In this course you will also be trained in the philosophy of science, scholarly argumentation, and in writing your thesis proposal.
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , EEA/EU
- Apply before , International
- EU/EEA or Dutch students: 1 June
- Non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit: 1 June
- Students who need a study visa and/or a residence permit: 1 April.
DisciplinesReligious Studies & Theology Christian Studies View 24 other Masters in Religious Studies & Theology in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 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.
International16630 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 16630 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
Due for update
Updated over a year ago
Check the official programme website for potential updates.