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MA Theology & Religious Studies: Religion, Conflict and Globalization

University of Groningen
1 year
Full time
Master's degree

Program description

religious studiesReligion, Conflict, & Globalization

How are religion, conflict and peace related? How does globalization affect local religious traditions? How do religious and secular actors interact in local and global debates on migration and gender?

Looking around the world today, it is clear that religion plays a role in many of the major conflicts going on at various levels. Furthermore religion plays an important role in people's lives worldwide, and has become one of the major ways people connect with each other across the globe. However, the persistence and prominence of the role of religion in contemporary societies is still not sufficiently understood in academic research and in the work of policy-makers, NGO's and journalists.

This master's track addresses the pivotal place of religion in the dynamics of globalization and conflict that shape present-day societies. The programme is interdisciplinary, examining political, social, psychological and cultural dimensions. You will learn to:

  • Investigate the consequences of globalization for religious practices and individual, ethnic and national identities
  • Understand the relationship between religion, conflict and peace-building
  • Analyse national and international conflicts, and learn how they are interwoven with religious interests and opinions

You can specialize in either conflict and peace building,  migration or gender

Why in Groningen?

  • The combination of anthropology, sociology and political science is unique in the world.
  • Rated the best Master's programme in Theology & Religious Studies in the Netherlands.
  • Top 100 university
  • Relates latest research and theories to current developments.
  • Vibrant research tradition with international links.
  • Internships at embassies, ministry of foreign affairs, international NGO's.
  • Taught by leading experts with a world-class reputation.
  • You can follow your own research interests.

With your degree, you can advise or write policy documents on different subjects, such as, developmental assistance or multicultural society. You could work for the government, in business or at an NGO. You may also work in the media or as a teacher of religion in secondary education. Would you like to stay in academia, you can choose to apply for a place on the Research Master after your regular Master's programme. You can complete this two-year programme in one year.

Admission requirements

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

  • Successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree (WO) in Theology, Religious Studies, or in a related field in the Humanities (Arts, Philosophy) or 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

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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University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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