M.A. On Campus

Theology and Religious Studies - Peace, Trauma and Religion

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12 months
9696 EUR/year
1084 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


This Theology and Religious Studies - Peace, Trauma and Religion MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam aims to explore and teach theories, practices, and experiences and prepares professionals for this growing field of peace and conflict studies.


The theoretical basis in this Theology and Religious Studies - Peace, Trauma and Religion MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will be provided by three thematic modules with a focus on theological and interreligious interpretations of peace and justice, and religious roots of violence, reconciliation in religious perspective, healing of trauma, religion in the public domain (public theology). 

You will explore and discuss scientific research in the fields of religion, violence, trauma and reconciliation from various disciplines, including (Peace-) Theology and Ethics, Islam Studies, Psychology, Practical Theology, amended by inputs from other faculties. – The study year might start with a concise summer-school (to be announced).

Today, we witness the rise of national and regional conflicts - so-called “new wars” -, often linked to religious and ethnic diversity or enmity, usually triggered by unjust living conditions. In a globalized world, every regional conflict affects and is affected by the larger international community. At the same time we observe the devastating influence of violent conflicts on individuals as well as on relations within families and communities (trauma). 

These developments have created a growing interest in the political and public arena to explore and develop skills for peace making and peace keeping – locally, regionally, and internationally – as well as for conflict prevention and post conflict care, like trauma healing. 

The challenges are taken up in a variety of disciplines: Political Science, Law, The Humanities, Medicine, et al. In the field of Theology and Religious Studies, all of these insights are considered and critically reflected (in research, education, and praxis) from the perspective of different faith traditions. 

Career Prospects

  • Students will find employment in a wide range of non-governmental as well as governmental institutions, media and research, international organizations as well as religious institutions, or in the field of health care and counselling.
  • The faculty offers the opportunity to continue the one-year programme with a second year to complete the Research Master (leading to a possible PhD programme).

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Just Peace: Theological and Ethical Interpretations of Peace and Justice 
  • Hermeneutics 
  • Religion, Violence, and Trauma (Specialisation Course Praxis)
  • Sunday the Most Segregated Hour: The Theology of the Church in the Light of its Message of Reconciliation
  • Research Skills
  • Internship 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.
  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU citizens)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter/Personal Introduction
  • A Letter of Recommendation
  • Transcript of records 
  • A description of the courses you have taken during your previous higher education. 
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing, at least 5 pages plus a list of used literature)

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    9696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9696 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1084 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1084 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.

Fresh content

Updated in the last 3 months

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

Theology and Religious Studies - Peace, Trauma and Religion
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!