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Spirituality and Religion (Theology and Religious Studies)

12 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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There seems to be growing room for creativity and personalisation of religious ideas, beliefs, and practices. How are we to make sense of this development? In the Spirituality and Religion (Theology and Religious Studies) programme of the University of Amsterdam you will study the changing role of religion and spirituality in contemporary societies and their historical roots.


The past and present forms of spirituality and religion

The Spirituality and Religion (Theology and Religious Studies) programme of the University of Amsterdam focuses on spirituality as a key dimension of religion. Spirituality is often defined as individualised, experience-oriented religion, in which legal, doctrinal, and institutional aspects are perceived to have secondary importance. Praxis, rather than belief, is emphasised, and orthodoxy is often challenged with heterodox ideas and practices. In this programme, we focus on spirituality and religion as they manifest themselves in the most diverse areas of culture and society, both in the past and in the present. Our students are trained to use both historical and social-scientific methods. The programme has three core courses and a number of electives, which form the basis for three different specialisations.

For students particularly interested in Western esotericism, especially from a historical perspective, we offer Spirituality and Esotericism in Western Culture. For students interested in the contemporary religious landscape, there is Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Societies. Finally, for students with an interest in Islam, there is the possibility to opt for Spirituality and Religion in Islam.

As a student in this programme, you will learn to conduct research from a critical perspective, to work with various kinds of primary sources, and to present your results in an elaborate, coherent way. Upon completion of the programme, you will have a firm grasp of the historical roots of spirituality and the changing role of religion in society. You can use this expertise and related skills in your future careers in such fields as research, policy, education, or in the cultural sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Spirituality and religion: basic concepts
  • Western esotericism and spirituality
  • Spirituality and religion: lived practices
  • Spirituality and Religion: Theories, Concepts, and Methods
  • Renaissance Esotericism I: History of Alchemy
  • Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Societies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in humanities or social sciences with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies) taken in the field of Religious Studies or any other area (such as history, cultural studies or art studies) that is pertinent to the study of Spirituality and/or Religion
  • You are expected to have an awareness of basic theoretical notions in the study of religion and religious traditions
  • English language requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 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.


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