Theology and Religious Studies - Peace, Trauma and Religion

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

M.A. On Campus
12 months
16630 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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This Theology and Religious Studies - Peace, Trauma and Religion programmefrom 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 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).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • 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
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • 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.






On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16630 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16630 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


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


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