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Theology and Religious Studies

KU Leuven

12 months
1250 EUR/year
961 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The goal of this Theology and Religious Studies programme at at KU Leuven is to expand and deepen students' initial education in theology and religious studies, whether obtained here 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.


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. 


Theology and Religious Studies programme at at KU Leuven prepare students for a wide variety of careers, including teaching in secondary and higher educationpublishing, 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    

  • Catechesis and Pastoral Care in Various Stages of Life    

  • The Study of Lived Religion

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

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
Prospective students who obtained an English bachelor's degree at the faculty or who are citizens of Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the United States of America, speaking English as their mother tongue, are not required to submit a certificate demonstrating their English knowledge.
  • All prospective students (regardless of their background) are allowed to submit an application file without including a TOEFL/IELTS test. However, prospective students must submit an English motivation letter, CV and written assignment.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1250 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    961 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 961 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 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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