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Theology and Religious Studies

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The goal of this Theology and Religious Studies programme is to expand and deepen students' initial education in theology and religious studies, whether obtained at KU Leuven or elsewhere. It prepares students to engage in independent research in the various domains of theology and religious studies and equips them to function as experts in Church and society.

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Looking to build on your Bachelor's degree in Theology or Religious Studies? Or perhaps you are engaged in pastoral work and seeking to deepen your theoretical insights? Where better than at KU Leuven , where theology has been taught and practised for nearly 600 years? 

KU Leuven Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies has always acted as a think tank within the Catholic community. Leuven's famed theology professors will put you in a great position to determine your own future, whether it is in pastoral work, at NGOs throughout the world, in the media, or in politics. 

Career perspectives

Degrees in Theology and Religious Studies prepare students for a wide variety of careers, including teaching in secondary and higher education, publishing, the media, academic research and the various domains of pastoral care. You will also develop skills that are valued by a large number of employers. These include research, analytical and presentation skills, critical thinking, organizational and time management skills, teamwork , and communication and writing skills. Many graduates use these skills while pursuing an international career as experts in the Church and society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contextual Hermeneutical Approaches to the Bible
  • Christianity & Contemporary Culture
  • Developments in Theological Ethics
  • Spirituality and Mysticism in the History of Western Christianity
  • Catechetics and Pastoral Care in Various Stages of Life
  • The Study of Lived Religion

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  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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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

The Faculty of Theology of the KU Leuven has an Admissions Committee especially devoted to its theology programmes in English. All applications for the Master's Programme are screened by this Admission Committee which meets on a regular basis.

Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file:

After an Abridged Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies (120 credits):

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Another Bachelor's or Master's degree
  • Complete programme of formation leading to ordination as a minister of a recognised Christian faith


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