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Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies

KU Leuven
Program overview
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
English, Dutch

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About this program

Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies

Interested in the study of theology and religion? The Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies will prepare you for a vast array of professions with great social relevance. Graduates end up working in education, business, publishing, the media, and the pastoral and socio-cultural sector. But you will be even better prepared for the job market with a master's degree. Your bachelor degree will give you access to both the Master of Theology and Religious Studies and the Research Master.

The three-year Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies delves deep into the study of Christianity and world religions. It aims to assist the broad development of knowledge in all theological areas and the deep development in particular areas of interest. It promotes research and communication skills, facilitates cultural engagement, and prepares graduates for further theological studies. You will be encouraged to ask questions and to think and write critically and creatively. The program can be followed (by EEA students) on a full-time or part-time basis. Since the program is open to students of every nationality, it has major international vibes.

Admission requirements

Students who have successfully completed their secondary education are eligible to apply for admission to the first phase of the three-year bachelor’s program

Language requirements

Prospective students 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 writing sample. The faculty admissions committee will assess the application file without TOEFL/IELTS test and decide whether the student will be admitted based on the submitted file or whether the student has to present a TOEFL/IELTS Academic certificate after all. The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies requires a minimum score of 79-80 for the Internet-based TOEFL test, 550 for the paper version of the TOEFL test, 213 for the computer version of the TOEFL test or an IELTS Academic score of 6.5-7.

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Old and New Testament Exegesis: Prophets
  • Old and New Testament Exegesis: The Apostle Paul, His Life and Letters
  • Dogmatic Theology: Creation, Church, and Salvation History
  • Christian Ethics
  • History of Church and Theology: Middle Ages and Early Modern Period
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Introduction to Islam
  • Introduction to Religious Studies
  • Historical Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Theology

Program delivery

The courses taught in English.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits: 180 ECTS

Career paths

With an academic bachelor's degree, you have a broad general knowledge, but you are not yet ready for the labour market. The bachelor's in Theology prepares you for a master's program in which you will further deepen your knowledge. After obtaining your master's degree, you will have a wealth of knowledge and competences and a wide range of career opportunities

Most bachelor students decide to continue with their studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies going on to obtain a Research Master and often even a Doctoral Degree. Studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies prepare students for a variety of careers in sectors such as education, business, publishing, the media and the pastoral and socio-cultural sector.

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According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

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KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

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As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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KU Leuven

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3000 Leuven

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