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MA Religion and Cultural Heritage

University of Groningen
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
Groningen
English
01 September 2022

About this program

MA Religion and Cultural Heritage

How and why do we creatively make use of the past to forge new identities in the present? What is at stake in the "musealization" of religion?

Religion and Cultural Heritage is a unique one-year interdisciplinary MA-program focusing on a major trend at the interface of religion, identity, politics, and heritage studies. It also addresses a gap in critical heritage studies, studying the shifting place of religion in heritage debates.

In the coming years, 30-80% of religious buildings will lose their original function in the Netherlands. National and European budgets are dedicating millions of euros to the development of plans to address vacant religious heritage buildings. Tourism and pilgrimage to religious objects, sites, and festivals are booming, which raises questions about sustainability and impact.

At the same time, heritage has become a significant subject in contemporary cultural debate. Large-scale migration and secularization are changing the religious identities of communities and the way they perceive the past. The demands of preservation of at risk material and intangible heritage in the face of war, displacement, population shifts, and climate change are great. How are preservation concerns balanced with local resources?

This program challenges you to analyse and contribute your own voice to these debates.

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More informationgrade list An overview of the courses from the bachelor's program followed with an explanation of these courses.

Language test-An English language test for Dutch students is only important if you do not have a VWO-diploma. TOEFL: 90 internet IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part). Exemption granted if:

  • You are a native speaker of, and have completed your full secondary level education in: the USA, Canada (only when taught in English), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • You have completed a full-time Bachelor program (nominal duration of at least three years) in: the USA, Canada (only when English taught), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

If English was the medium of instruction during your previous education, but you do not meet any of the above mentioned requirements, you are still required to provide proof of your English language proficiency.

Previous education-Bachelor's Degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy, Social Sciences (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology) or Spatial Sciences (specialization Cultural Geography). 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 pre-master's program.

International diploma

Language test-TOEFL: 90 internet IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part). Exemption granted if:

  • You are a native speaker of, and have completed your full secondary level education in: the USA, Canada (only when taught in English), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • You have completed a full-time Bachelor program (nominal duration of at least three years) in: the USA, Canada (only when English taught), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

If English was the medium of instruction during your previous education, but you do not meet any of the above mentioned requirements, you are still required to provide proof of your English language proficiency.

Previous education-Bachelor's Degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy, Social Sciences (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology) or Spatial Sciences (specialization Cultural Geography). 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 may be admitted via a pre-master's program.

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


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Program content

Year 1

  • Compulsory: Heritage, Identity, Religion: Theoretical Approaches
  • Compulsory: Regional Heritage: Old Churches - New Meanings
  • Elective: Gender, Diversity and Religious Heritage
  • Elective: Material Religion: Things, Places, Performances, and Belief
  • Elective: Theological Heritages in a (Post) Modern Context
  • Compulsory: Research Methods in Heritage and Historical Studies
  • Elective: Heritage of Death
  • Elective: Museums and Religion
  • Elective: National Socialism and Religion: Conflict and Heritage
  • Elective: Reception and Re-Use of Authoritative Texts
  • Internship
  • Thesis
  • Thesis seminar

Scholarships & funding

Talent grants are available for non-EU/EEA students. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,209 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 14,570 per year

Qualification

Credits-(60 ECTS)

Career paths

You can advise or write policy documents on heritage subjects, such as the preservation of old churches or the distribution of funding for cultural activities. You could work for cultural organisations, the government, in the tourist business or at an NGO. You may also work in the media or as a teacher of religion in secondary education after completing your Educational Master's program. If you wish to pursue an academic career, you can follow this track as a specialization within the Research

  • Cultural Education-You can work within organizations that consult upon the content and organization within the field of arts and cultural education. Or you could work at an educational department within instiTuitions such as a cultural centers or museums.
  • Consulting Policy-Your knowledge about religious heritage will enable you to advise upon or write policy documents on the conservation of religious heritage. You could find a job with central government but also at organizations and foundations in the cultural sector. This could, for example, be the Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht or the Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken.
  • Education-Once you have completed this Master's track, you will have sufficient knowledge of the subject to be able to teach Religious Studies or Social Studies in secondary education. Alternatively, you could opt for a position in higher vocational education. As you also need didactic skills as a teacher or lecturer, it is advisable to do a Master's in Education after you have completed your regular Master's program.
  • Media Journalism-A number of publishers have shown renewed interest in religion and society. With your knowledge and skills, you can make an expert contribution to publications in this field. You could also use your expertise as an editor at a broadcasting company, newspaper or current affairs magazine.

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University of Groningen

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


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