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MA Theology and Religious Studies: Religion and Cultural Heritage

University of Groningen

Program description

Study an MA in Religion and Cultural Heritage

Are you fascinated by history and culture? Want to help shape today's cultural landscape? Find out what defines “heritage”? Learn how museums plan exhibitions or how heritage policies are created?

Memory produces identity. That is why heritage is crucial for our sense of continuity in rapidly changing societies.Governments, national and international organizations need to make sense of the past as they make policies for and invest in heritage. The aim of this master's degree is to give you the theoretical and practical education necessary to take an active role in this exciting and growing field.

Why study heritage at a faculty of Theology and Religious Studies? Because most of the heritage around us stems, one way or another, from religious practices and ideas. If you want to understand heritage in all its facets, you want to study with experts who know the full story behind material and intangible heritages both locally and abroad.

The track Religion and Cultural Heritage in the Master's Programme in Theology and Religious Studies combines broad cultural competence with a high-level academic research training and the practical skills relevant for today's job market. Through concrete projects and internships, you can gain hands-on experience in the field.

Why Groningen?

  • rated best Master's programme in Theology & Religious Studies in the Netherlands
  • top 100 university
  • unique focus on religion within the field of cultural heritage
  • combination of broad cultural competence and academic research skills with practical skills relevant for job market;
  • strong heritage region
  • excellent network for internships
  • taught by internationally recognized experts in the field
  • vibrant research hub with global links

Job perspectives

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 programme. Would you like to stay in academia, you can choose to apply for a placement in the Research Master.

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, Spatial Sciences 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

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Tuition fees

2017/2018: € 2006 (full-time); non-EU/EEA  €11400 (full-time)


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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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University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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