Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion, M.A.

Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The goal of this Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion at KU Leuven programme is to facilitate independent academic research in the domains of theology and religious studies. The specialisation chosen in the initial Master's programme is reinforced with a highly specific research curriculum and a research paper demonstrating the student's capacity to continue into the doctoral programme.

Students are also offered intensive training in the research procedures employed in the various domains of theology and religious studies, allowing specialisation to go hand in hand with on-going general theological formation.

This is an advanced Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

KU Leuven organises a Graduate Fair each spring. In addition, faculties also organise information sessions for many of their bridging and graduate programmes.

Career paths

Degrees in theology and religious studies prepare students for a variety of careers, including secondary and higher education, publishing, the media, academic research and the various domains of pastoral care.

Programme Structure

The Theology and Religious Studies curriculum is aimed at the interdisciplinary and scientific study of the Catholic faith tradition in the context of a multicultural and multi-religious society and world. The full curriculum (comprising a Bachelor, a Master, a Master of Advanced Studies programme and a Doctoral programme) aims at promoting academic excellence leading up to an increasing personal academic contribution and to a growing commitment with regard to theology and religion in society.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Admission decisions for students who did not obtain a bachelor of theology and religious studies at the KU Leuven, are based upon evaluation of a complete application file
  • All non-native English applicants - applicants who are not citizens of Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America or who have not obtained a previous diploma in one of these countries -- must submit a certificate proving their proficiency in English

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    906 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per module and a duration of 24 months.
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€ 910 (full-time registration) or € 560 (part-time registration)

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.


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