M.A. On Campus

Theology and Religious Studies - Peace, Trauma and Religion

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This Theology and Religious Studies - Peace, Trauma and Religion MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on specific professional fields. You will be prepared for a professional career within or outside religious institutions. Each specialization focuses on their own field.


This Theology and Religious Studies - Peace, Trauma and Religion MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will explore and learn about theories, practices, and experiences. You will be well prepared to participate in this growing field of peace and conflict studies.

In a globalised world, every regional conflict affects, and is affected by, the wider 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, both in the political and public arena, to explore and develop skills for peacemaking and peacekeeping – locally, regionally, and internationally – as well as for conflict prevention and post-conflict care, like trauma healing. These challenges are taken up in a variety of disciplines such as Political Science, Law, the Humanities and Medicine.

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:

  • Peace, Trauma and Religion: Just Peace
  • Religion, Violence and Trauma
  • Hermeneutics
  • Elective
  • 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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