M.A. On Campus

Theology and Religious Studies - Exploring a Discipline

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Theology and Religious Studies - Exploring a Discipline MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on specific professional fields. You will be prepared for a professional career within or outside religious institutions.


The Theology and Religious Studies - Exploring a Discipline MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will give you the knowledge and skills you need to help build bridges between people from different faith traditions and so contribute to that improved social cohesion. If you want to become part of that, this track might be for you.

As a student of the track Exploring a Discipline, you are given both the freedom to delve deeply into a religious topic of your choice, and the guidance to get the most out of this specialisation. Studying in the inspiring environment of the city of Amsterdam and the multi-religious Faculty of Theology at the Vrije Universiteit, you will be able to pursue your own area of interest within the field of theology and religious studies.

You will find this one-year programme ideal if you:

  • want to deepen your expertise in, and knowledge of, a particular discipline or topic within theology or religious studies;
  • are already a professional in the field of theology or religious studies (minister, teacher, chaplain, etc.) and want to deepen your knowledge.

Start working

When you’ve finished the Master’s Theology and Religious Studies, you will be a specialist in your chosen discipline, theme, or theological tradition. This will qualify you for a  range of professions, such as:

  • policy advisor on religion in governmental and NGO contexts;
  • editor in the field of religious publishing;
  • specialist in the field of religion and law;
  • advisor or manager of educational programmes in the field of religion and society;
  • theological advisor to institutions with a religious background;
  • Spiritual caregiver (geestelijk verzorger).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Hermeneutics
  • Research skills
  • Master Seminar
  • Internship
  • Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Students with Bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines are also welcome to apply, provided that the degree obtained is from a research-oriented university. Before the start of the academic year the student needs to have an intake with the coordinator of the specialization. The aim of this intake is to discuss possible deficiencies in theological knowledge of the student.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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