Theology and Religious Studies (research)

University of Groningen

M.A. On Campus
24 months
13500 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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In the Theology and Religious Studies (research) programme at the University of Groningen, you will study how religion is embedded in present-day and in historical-cultural contexts.


As a student in the Theology and Religious Studies (research) programme at the University of Groningen, you will explore the impact of local and global socio-economic and political developments on religion, and how religion contributes to such developments. A staff member whose research interests in religion matches your best will act as your supervisor throughout the programme.

You will acquire an overview of central debates in the study of religion and develop key research skills by following three compulsory core modules. We offer four specialization routes within which you can develop your individual research profile and skills. 

Your individual, tailor made route within the programme consists of a combination of optional modules from one of the one-year master specializations, research traineeships, (individual) tutorials and writing a thesis and a research proposal. 

The modules, traineeships and tutorials are designed to equip you with in-depth knowledge of specialized subjects, together with subject-specific methodological skills. The final specialization occurs in the Research Master's thesis, which forms the basis of a PhD thesis proposal or an application for research funding.

Job prospects

A degree in Theology and Religious Studies (research) provides a perfect background for:

  • admission to PhD programmes at national and international institutes and universities;
  • positions outside academia for which academic research skills are required;
  • positions as a civil servant, advisor or policymaker with local and national government;
  • teaching positions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories of Religion and Culture
  • Specialization modules
  • Field-specific research skills
  • Philosophy of Science in the Study of Religion and Culture
  • Generic academic skills 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


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

  • A grade list of the marks of your bachelor's degree programme with an explanation of the followed courses
  • The bachelor's programme must have been completed at a pace and with results that warrant the expectation of successful completion of the Research Master's programme in two years
  • Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts (e.g. International Organizations, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy), Political Sciences or Social Sciences (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Theology and Religious Studies (research)
University of Groningen


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