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Theology and Religious Studies: Religious Studies (research MA)

Degree type
MA
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
24 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
Start of program
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
NVAO, NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Amsterdam

Program description

Religious Studies fosters an interdisciplinary approach to religion: theories and methods from the social sciences, literature, cultural analysis, history and philosophy are taught and discussed.

The focus of the Research Master's programme Religious Studies is on religious plurality in the Western world: differences within religions, differences between religions, and new phenomena such as radical individualisation that reshuffle the religious landscape. The programme not only studies official doctrines and established traditions and institutions, but also gives due attention to the whole spectrum of religious experience and practices in Western societies. The programme fosters an interdisciplinary approach to religion: theories and methods from the social sciences, literature, cultural analysis, history and philosophy are taught and discussed. The programme gains coherence through the combination of an empirical focus on religion within Western cultures, a theoretical focus on religious plurality and a methodological focus on interdisciplinary research.

Admission requirements

Previous education

The Research Master’s in Religious Studies is open to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in:
- Religious Studies
Or a university Bachelor’s diploma in:
- The Humanities*
- The Social Sciences*
- Law*
*Only if you successfully followed courses in Religious Studies worth 30 ECTS credits.
The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).
Prospective students with Bachelor’s degrees (university) other than those mentioned above can nonetheless apply for admission to the programme. The Examinations Board will in such cases take a look at the content of the prospective student’s Bachelor programme, his/her study results and general motivation.

Previous education

The Research Master’s in Religious Studies is open to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in:
- Religious Studies
Or a university Bachelor’s diploma in:
- The Humanities*
- The Social Sciences*
- Law*
*Only if you successfully followed courses in Religious Studies worth 30 ECTS credits.
The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).
Prospective students with Bachelor’s degrees (university) other than those mentioned above can nonetheless apply for admission to the programme. The Examinations Board will in such cases take a look at the content of the prospective student’s Bachelor programme, his/her study results and general motivation.

Grade average

If you wish to apply for a Research MA programme you are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least:
- A/3.8 (American system),
- 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system),
- B (ECTS-system), or 7.5 (Dutch system).
Admission will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average only.

Written request

Aanmelden voor de selectieprocedure van deze research master kan van 1 december tot uiterlijk 1 april via de website van de Graduate School of Humanities.

Written request

State in about 300 words why you wish to attend this specific programme.
In addition: A sample of your best academic written work in English of ten to twenty pages maximum. This may be (an extract of) a paper or thesis written by you in English or an English summary of a paper/thesis written by you in another language.

Language test

IELTS: average score 7
TOEFL: score 100
Cambridge Advanced English: score A2
Cambridge Proficiency in English: score B1

Language requirements

CAE: A2, CPE: B1, IELTS overall band: 7, IELTS listening: 7, IELTS reading: 7, IELTS writing: 7, IELTS speaking: 7, TOEFL internet based: 100

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