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Masters in Theology and Religious Studies: Exploring a Discipline

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Virtual open day
Virtual open day
Start dates
16,630 EUR
September 2021

16,630 EUR
September 2022

16,630 EUR
September 2023

Program description

Masters in Theology and Religious Studies: Exploring a Discipline

Amsterdam is the place to engage in theology and religious studies. A metropole of world fame, the city is home to a large diversity of religious traditions. In this context, VU Amsterdam's Faculty of Theology offers in-depth teaching and cutting-edge research. In its research and teaching, the faculty mirrors the society it is part of. Therefore, it is also committed to making a meaningful contribution to its immediate context - and even to the global village we live in.

Theology & Religious Studies Curriculum

The 1-year program in Theology & Religious Studies aims to train academic professionals who are specialized in the role of religion and theology in professional fields such as education, management and media. You may also opt to spend a year specializing in one area of theological expertise, eventually continuing your studies in the second year of the Research Master’s.

Central to this Master’s program is the professional field and the link between a specific section of contemporary society and the way in which theological reflection relates to this field. The program includes general and specialized courses, an internship and a thesis.

What you'll get

“Exploring a Discipline” is especially suitable for students that are eager to obtain in-depth expertise in a particular theological sub-discipline (biblical studies, church history, dogmatics and ecumenics, philosophy of religion and comparative study of religion, practical theology, or Islamic theology) or topic. This includes professionals that want to further explore an aspect of theology or religious studies, among which ministers, teachers, church workers and media practitioners. The MA program can be part of the continuing education of ministers.

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies or relevant field from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.
  • Motivation, background and personality (motivation letter, CV and personal reference)
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English.

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Scholarships & funding

For international undergraduate students, scholarship options are limited. However, Dutch higher education is subsidised and tuition fees are relatively low. The Grantfinder database offers an overview of all scholarships and grants available to international students.

Tuition fees

  • EU-EER students fee: € 2,168
  • NON-EU students fee: € 16,630


MA Theology & Religious Studies

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About this institute

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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1081 HV Amsterdam
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