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MA in Theology and Religious Studies: Religion and Pluralism: Ancient & Modern

University of Groningen
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Earn an MA in Religion and Pluralism

How did the ancient Romans view religious-political differences? How did ancient Jewish, Christian, and Muslim authorities use authoritative texts? What potential for pluralism exists in modern monotheisms and secularisms?

Tension between group solidarity and productive relations with 'others' has been part of human history for as long as evidence exists. In Europe it has played out most enduringly in relations among the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Today, in the face of mass migration from Muslim regions, questions of political identity and belonging remain bound up with religious affiliation. This one-year degree programme focuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims in the antique world and how these relations have formed our modern society. The program will explore concepts as religious pluralism, politics, and their many interfaces globally in particular.

In this track within the Master's Programme in Theology & Religious Studies, you will:

  • Examine the literary sources of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in a historically informed way in order to bring critical perspectives to modern interpretations.
  • Identify continuing issues in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic self-definition, toleration of difference, and exclusionary or conversionist tendencies.
  • Map a range of ancient possibilities for coexistence or conviviality and their opposites under changing conditions.

Why Groningen?

  • Rated best Master's programme in Theology & Religious Studies in the Netherlands
  • Top 100 university
  • Integrated approach of religious pluralism, politics, and their many global interfaces
  • Focus on historical context of modern societies
  • Taught by internationally recognized experts in the field
  • Opportunity to pursue your own research interests

Job perspectives

As a graduate you can become an adviser and policymaker on inter-religious issues and multicultural society. You may work in cultural organisations and companies in the public sector. In addition, you can work in the media. You can become a teacher of religion or philosophy. If you want to pursue an academic career, you can follow this track as a specialization within the research Master's programme.

Admission requirements

Students wishing to study the MA Theology & Religious Studies: Religion and Cultural Heritage at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands should meet the following requirements:

  • Successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy, or in a related field in the Social Sciences (Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Psychology).
  • Language Requirements: TOEFL: 580 paper/237 computer/92 internet; IELTS: 6.5
  • Application deadline (without scholarship request): 1 May

Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy or Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a reading package will be provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature. Students with another bachelor's degree can be permitted via a bridging programme.

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Tuition fees

EU students 2019-2020: €2,083/year

Non- EU students 2019-2020: €12,500/ year

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 the university ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor,...

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Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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