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MA Theology and Religious Studies

Leiden University
Program overview
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program Description

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Earn an MA in Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University

This multi-disciplinary Master’s  programme allows you to focus on either religion, culture and society in general or more specifically on the dynamics of Christianity in its diverse forms.

Religion, Culture and Society allows you to study a broad spectrum of religions and their manifestations. Important themes throughout the curriculum are modernization and globalization and their impacts on religion and its place in society.

Christianity: the Dynamics of Diversity focusses on the changing role of Christianity in society, from the early modern period up to the present day. Important themes are the impact of biblical criticism, modern historical scholarship, science and cultural transfers.

  • Leiden University is famous for its wide range of specialisms and outstanding scholarship, providing you with an excellent basis for the study of religion from a comparative perspective.
  • 5 specialist staff members support the unique profile in Christianity.
  • Courses consist both of theory and applied practice, offering you hands-on experience; all the necessary research skills, tools and historical sources are made available.
  • A variety of alternating electives gives you freedom of choice. You can specialize in one of many religious traditions, or opt for a methodological approach.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including the general academic skills.
  • Comparable qualities in the field of knowledge, understanding and skills with those acquired upon graduating from one of the bachelor’s programs in theology from Leiden University
  • Knowledge in the field of theology, religious studies and history OR knowledge of the study of Christianity, Islam and/or Judaism
  • Knowledge of methodologies of either social sciences or history and/or philology
  • The ability to reflect on current debates and developments regarding religion
  • The ability to formulate problems and the skill to select the correct methodological approach as well as literature/data to analyze these problems
  • Applicants may be asked to submit a writing sample, proving the aforementioned qualities in the field of knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Degree & diploma

Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies

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With a long and rich history, Leiden University is the oldest in the Netherlands. Students may choose to study from 7 faculties and 3 campuses, watch this video to learn what Leiden can offer you!

Leiden University

Leiden University

Services & Facilities

Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...

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leiden the Netherlands

Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden, the Netherlands

Life in Leiden is greatly influenced by the relatively large number of students, as most of them both live and study in the historic city of Leiden, which has approxomately 120.000 inhabitants. Leiden University does not have a campus, but the city is it’s campus. You will almost always run into someone you know when you go shopping or when you go out at night. Since Leiden is...

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Leiden University

Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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