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Theology and Religious Studies: Western Esotericism

Degree type
MA
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
12 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Parttime
Start of program
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University
City
Amsterdam

Program description

The programme in Western Esotericism focuses on the critical historical and analytical study of mystical and esoteric movements in Western culture

Against the background of the Gnostic and hermetic currents of late antiquity and the history of the soâ€'called 'occult sciences' (notably astrology, alchemy, magic), attention is focused particularly on the revival of Hermetic philosophy during the early Renaissance, the so-called 'occult philosophy' and its later offshoots (alchemy, Paracelsianism and Rosicrucianism), Jewish and Christian Kabbalah and the movements arising from it, theosophical and illuminist currents and various forms of occultism and related movements during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including the New Age movement.

Admission requirements

Previous education

The Master’s in Western Esotericism is open to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in:
- Religious Studies
- Another university Bachelor’s diploma in the humanities or social sciences (only if you achieved 24 ECTS credits in the field of Religious Studies).
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 Master’s in Western Esotericism is open to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in:
- Religious Studies
- Another university Bachelor’s diploma in the humanities or social sciences (only if you achieved 24 ECTS credits in the field of Religious Studies).
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.

Written request

Students can apply from 1 December until 1 April by filling out the digital application form and uploading the necessary documents via the website of the Graduate School of Humanities (www.gsh.uva.nl).

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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