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Religious Studies

How do religions come into being? How do they affect people and societies? What role does religion play in various cultures and conflicts?

You encounter religion in all cultures, all over the world. Worldwide, there are no fewer than 10,000 religious denominations. Religion can be the driving force behind people, influencing their behaviour economically, politically, socially and psychologically. Worldwide, but also in the Netherlands, there are many conflicts, sensitivities and political discussions in which religion plays a role. Religious Studies is thus a very topical social degree programme that touches on difficult issues. These issues are important to policymakers, to education and to journalists. Religious Studies experts are needed in a world in which religion is a permanent part of everyday life.

The central question you will learn to ask yourself is not to what extent religions are 'true', but how religion affects people's lives and what people do with it. The interaction between religion, culture, and society is the main focus of this bachelor's programme. During your studies you will deepen your knowledge of various aspects of the major religions in the world (Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Judaism). You will use different perspectives to analyse religious expressions – texts, rituals and visual art – and place them in their cultural context. Because there are so many important factors in studying religion in relation to people and society, Religious Studies experts are broadly trained social scientists, with experience in anthropology, sociology, psychology, politicology, philosophy and ethics.

Facts & Figures
Degree
BA in Religious Studies
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
50902
Language of instruction
English, Dutch
Start
September
Faculty
Theology and Religious Studies
Keuzegids TopopleidingStudie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • best BA Religious Studies programme in The Netherlands, at top 100 university;
  • interdisciplinary programme, taught entirely in English;
  • staff is internationally recognized for high quality of research;
  • international staff and international classroom;
  • small classes with intensive supervision;
  • programme relates latest research and theories to current developments;
  • taught at non-denominational university;
  • Groningen is a vibrant yet safe place to live.
Programme

In the first year you will study the great world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Judaism). You will consider the historical origin of these religions and their modern-day manifestations. You will be introduced to various approaches to the study of religion, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy. You will address questions such as: What is a religious experience? What are the claims to truth made by religions?

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Concepts and Methods 1 (7.5 EC)

An introduction to the history and the main disciplinary approaches and methods in the academic study of religion. You will get acquainted with key concepts in the study of religion, such as gender theory, postcolonialism, ritual, text, culture, discourse, materiality, etc.

Judaism (7.5 EC)

You will study series of historical and thematic incisions that reveal crucial aspects of Judaism as practiced, its ancient formation, and its historical development.

Anthropology of Religion (7.5 EC)

You will be introduced to the anthropology of religion, including the works and lives of key-figures in the field, and significant concepts and theories.

Hinduism and Buddhism (7.5 EC)

In this lecture series you will discover the historical origins and development of Hinduism and Buddhism. The class focusses on regional contexts and the relationship between religion, theory and practice.

Christianity (7.5 EC)

You will obtain knowledge and insight in the emergence of Christianity from the first century to present day.

Psychology and Sociology of Religion (7.5 EC)

You will discover which theories psychologists and sociologists have developed, and still are developing, to study religious and spiritual phenomena.

Islam (7.5 EC)

You will study the Islamic origins and thought from 600 until today, with an emphasis on daily practices and within various cultural contexts.

Religion and Philosophy (7.5 EC)

You will study fundemental concepts, theories and discussions within philosophy of religion and use these ideas to analyze religious doctrines.

In the second year you will learn to use different perspectives to analyse religious expressions – texts, rituals and visual art – and place them in their cultural context. In addition, you will follow lectures on the social impact of religion. What influence does religion have on a secular society? What media do religious groups use to promote their image? Is the role of religion in politics different in the West than in the East? What is the position of women in a migrant community?

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Concepts and Methods 2 (7.5 EC)

You will learn how to design scientific research and practice the required methodological skills.

Rituals in Theory and Practice (7.5 EC)

You will focus on different theoretical approaches to the study of ritual and learn how to apply these theories on your own case study.

The Sacred Image (7.5 EC)

The course introduces you to the study of visual art in religious history and practice through the lens of iconography, function, and use.

The Text Awakens (7.5 EC)

You will study recent theories and approaches to texts and authorship in literary studies in order to understand texts as active agents in social and cultural contexts.

Religion, Media and Popular Culture (7.5 EC)

You will analyse different levels of interaction between religion, media and popular culture, in Western and Asian contexts.

Religion and Politics (7.5 EC)

You will acquire knowledge of recent anthropological and sociological research in the fields of religion and politics, and gain insight into the debates within political sciences in relation to the role of religion in politics, conflict and peace building.

Ethics and Secularity (7.5 EC)

You will be introduced to the history of Western ethics and develop skills to analyse and interpret classical and contemporary texts and arguments in ethics.

Religion, Diversity and Identity (7.5 EC)

You will gain knowledge about new forms of religion and spirituality, their historical and current presence and their manifestations in present-day diverse societies.

In the third year you can follow course units from other degree programmes, study for six months abroad, or follow a placement. You will also conduct research within your chosen specialization, for example among immigrants: Do they experience their religion differently in their new homeland? You will report on your research in your Bachelor's thesis

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Optional module (7.5 EC, optional)

Part of University Minor, Educational Minor, Minor Spiritual Care or another optional module

Quranic Arabic 1 (7.5 EC, optional)

You will learn how to read selected short texts from the Quran in Arabic.

Spirituality and Secular Religion (7.5 EC, optional)

You will gain an understanding about the diverse forms of contemporary spirituality in Europe and North America and will be able to trace the historical lines of these spiritualities into the nineteenth century.

University Minor (15 EC, optional)

You can study at another Faculty, abroad, do an internship or follow the minor in Spiritual Care (Dutch only) or the Educational Minor (Dutch only)

Law and Religion (7.5 EC, optional)

You will become familiar with both historic and contemporary debates in the anthropology(ies) of law and religion and gain an understanding of the origin and growth of human rights activism.

Quranic Arabic 2 (7.5 EC, optional)

You will develop your basic knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and acquire skills in reading passages of the Quran in the Arabic language.

Religion, Space and Place (7.5 EC, optional)

You will learn how to analyse a sacred space through a combination of historical, sociological, and spatial science approaches, and be able to explain the religious, cultural and secular functions of a sacred space.

Specialization 1: Lived Religion (15 EC, optional)

Course units: Reading Case Studies; Academic Debates

Specialization 2: Cultural Impact of Religion (15 EC, optional)

Course units: Contested Humanity; Cultural Impact of Religion

Bachelor Thesis (10 EC)

You write a thesis about a subject of your choice.

Thesis Seminar (5 EC)

This course unit offers you the opportunity to work intensively on specific aspects of your BA thesis design, research and writing.

Study load

28 hours of class and self-study per week on average

Curriculum

In the first year you will study the great world religions and consider the historical origin of these religions and their modern-day manifestations. You will be introduced to various approaches to the study of religion. In the second year you will learn to use different perspectives to analyse religious expressions. In the third year, you can shape your own programme.

Programme options
University of Groningen Honours College (honours program)

The Honours College gives talented, motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves even more.

The main aim of the Honours programme is to develop talent and initiative. In the Bachelor's Honours Programme, the emphasis is therefore on greater depth and breadth.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC

We have various exchange contracts with universities both inside and outside Europe, enabling students to follow part of their degree programme at a foreign university. Another option is to take an internship or to do part of the research work abroad. For an overview of our exchange partners, see: http://www.rug.nl/ggw/education/prosstud/exchangeprogrammes/partneruniversities

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij
  • Economie & Maatschappij
  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Natuur & Techniek
  • HBO propedeuse

    HBO-propedeuse (met havo) geeft met ingang van 1 september 2015 aan de RUG niet meer automatisch toegang tot deze studie. Voor de bacheloropleiding Religiewetenschappen worden echter geen aanvullende eisen gesteld.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

IELTS: 6.0 (6.0 on each part); TOEFL iBT 80 (minimum 18 speaking, 21 writing) (not for native speakers)

previous education

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university.

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is optional. The advice is not binding.

  • There is an online questionnaire.
  • A number of special matching days will be held. Attendance is optional.
    • Prepare the learning material at home in advance.
    • One or more introductory lectures.
    • Discussions with students.

Explanatory notes

If you apply before 1 May, our student adviser will contact you to set up a skype meeting to talk about your motivation for and expectations of the bachelor's programme in Religious Studies.

Registration procedure

International students and Dutch students with non-Dutch qualifications are not automatically admitted to a bachelor's degree programme at the University of Groningen. The full registration procedure will take longer than for Dutch students with regular Dutch qualifications and consists of three steps: application, admission and registration. For more information, see: https://www.rug.nl/education/bachelor/international-students/admission-and-application/

Choice of degree programme check

If you apply before 1 May, our student adviser will contact you to set up a skype meeting to talk about your motivation for and expectations of the bachelor's programme in Religious Studies.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

IELTS: 6.0 (6.0 on each part); TOEFL iBT 80 (minimum 18 speaking, 21 writing) (not for native speakers)

previous education

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL internet based80

Registration procedure

International students and Dutch students with non-Dutch qualifications are not automatically admitted to a bachelor's degree programme at the University of Groningen. The full registration procedure will take longer than for Dutch students with regular Dutch qualifications and consists of three steps: application, admission and registration. For more information, see: https://www.rug.nl/education/bachelor/international-students/admission-and-application/

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 8900full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

https://www.rug.nl/education/tuition-fees-halved

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

If you complete a follow-on Master's degree after your Bachelor's degree, you increase your chances on the job market. If you choose a Master's programme at our Faculty, you will do a placement at an organization, institute or company that is involved in religion and culture. Most of our graduates end up in one of seven clear job profiles after gaining a Master's degree:

  • Care
  • Policy & Management
  • Education
  • Academia
  • Church
  • Culture
  • Media

Below you will find a list of the jobs held by our alumni.

  • Care: spiritual carer at a care institution, independent therapist.
  • Policy & Management: policy officer / advisor with a government institution, cultural institution or political party, staff member/advisor for an aid organization, embassy staff, security advisor to the military, etc.
  • Education: religious studies teacher, education officer.
  • Academia: researcher at a university or research institute.
  • Culture: employee at museum
  • Media: journalist, editor.

In addition, a significant number of our graduates are self-employed in one of these sectors.

Job examples

  • Religion and World-Views Teacher

    With a minor in education, you can start as a teacher in Religion and World-Views on secondary schools directly after gaining your BA-degree.

Research

Education and Research

The programme directly benefits from cutting-edge research carried out within the three departments of the faculty:

  • Jewish, Christian and Islamic Origins. The research and teaching carried out in this department focuses on the formative stages of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Your lecturers study their dynamic interrelationship in the context of ancient Near Eastern, Graeco-Roman and late antique cultures.
  • Comparative Study of Religion. In this department, religion is addressed in all its forms and appearances. Historians, anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists are working together to critically investigate religion as a cultural factor that is so influential in the modern world. Of particular importance for the research and teaching in this department is the critical analysis of constructions of “Eastern” and “Western” forms of religion.
  • Christianity and the History of Ideas. The scholars in this department focus on the impact of the Christian intellectual tradition in the past as well as the possibilities of a rapprochement of religion and the secular in our time.

The course units are taught by internationally recognized scholars. They will provide you with an up-to-date overview of the state of the art of the subjects you are studying, often drawing on their own research.

Research Centres and activities

Much of the research connects with the activities of:

These centres and research groups regularly invite speakers and organize events where students, PhD students and staff engage in lively discussions.

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  • 
						Testimonial of Nienke de Graaf

    A highly challenging topic

    – Nienke de Graaf
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    After my final school exams, I took a year off to travel around India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism play an important role in these countries. I am primarily interested in how religious beliefs in these countries relate to phenomena such as Hindu nationalism, development aid, the position of women, and anti-Muslim violence. That's why I decided to study Religious Studies and specialize in South Asia.

    What I like about this programme are the interactive lectures in small groups: we have lots of discussions and we have to give presentations. I really enjoy the diversity and topicality of the content, too.

    I think that the phenomenon of religion is an extremely challenging topic. Throughout the years I have acquired a broad knowledge of the various religions and their relation to such aspects as politics or globalization.

    As a religious studies scholar, I hope to create a bridge between South Asia and the West. There is so much misunderstanding in the West around issues such as women’s rights and nationalism in these countries. This certainly has a negative effect on how India is portrayed in the media and on development policy. After my degree programme, I hope to be able to play an advisory role in these matters, for example in organizations such as Oxfam Novib, or at UN Women.’

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  • 
						Testimonial of Maria Teresa Tabares Niño - Panama

    Re-thinking how religion works

    – Maria Teresa Tabares Niño - Panama
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    I was drawn to Groningen because of its reputation for being excellent for international students; the option to take my classes in English was also a big 'plus'. I am particularly interested in the scientific approach of studying religion, as well as studying religious practice and the significance of belief within communities; and the course here 100% meets my expectations.

    The classes are incredibly interesting and the overall environment is very friendly to international students, whilst the professors are both knowledgeable and approachable. One of the challenges that I have had is re-thinking how religion works; I think I may have had previous biases in my ideas about religion and I have tried to gain a new understanding of the subject as a whole. My lecturers have been careful to critically present arguments from across academia and within both Religious Studies and other subject areas; it’s great to get a taste of various disciplines.

    My course is structured progressively, so everything meshes together and builds to allow a deeper understanding of the content - instead of having five overview classes at once! The professors here encourage students to develop critical thinking, they always encourage questions and they have tried to give us the tools necessary in conducting our own research, too, which is great.

    Outside of studying, Groningen is a lovely city, it is small enough to feel cosy and yet has a great social life. It really epitomizes the Dutch idea of ‘Gezellig!’. I love being able to bike everywhere and Groningen is a very young and active city with a vibrant mixture of culture, shopping and nightlife.

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  • 
						Testimonial of Lisa Förster - Germany

    Many chances to get in contact with our professors

    – Lisa Förster - Germany
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    I have been lucky to have travelled and have always been interested in getting to know new people and cultures. In choosing a degree, I decided I would like to explore the influence religion has on people's daily lives- and Groningen is a World Top 100 University!

    My course has a balance of both well-structured lecturers, but also a wide range of reading to do at home; we have so far looked at different approaches to doing research on a religious issue. I’m looking forward to the psychological and sociological aspects of religion we are doing in the next block; but first I have to revise the lectures of the last two months for the exam! Luckily, the lectures have been very helpful and lead into the final exam or
    assignments well.


    I would say that the course at the University of Groningen is special because we have so many chances to get in contact with our professors and the classes are quite small, so the lecturers even have time to meet up with us and answer any extra questions. Aside from learning in Groningen, I enjoy going to the market to buy fresh and local food! I live only a 5-minute walk from the Faculty, just to the north of the lovely city centre, which is great because the life in Groningen is very focused on students and the city offers loads of opportunities for sports, shopping and night life. There’s a large number of Student Associations, too, so everyone is
    likely to find other people who share a hobby or interest.

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  • 
						Testimonial of Jorrit Haarman

    Curious about how people give meaning to their lives

    – Jorrit Haarman
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    I chose Religious Studies because I am interested in various subjects such as anthropology, politics and philosophy, and because I was curious about how people give meaning to their lives. I became a Student Ambassador for the degree programme because I am really enthusiastic about it.

    I am also Chair of the student mentor programme. Mentors help students get through their first year of studies as best they can. Being a mentor has taught me a lot about group dynamics, and how to get quieter groups to open up. As a member of the Board of the student society MATA, I’ve had a chance to improve my organizational and communication skills.

    After I complete my Bachelor’s degree, I intend to do a combined Master’s programme in Spiritual Care and Education. That way, I will be able to apply the knowledge I have gained in a more social or personal setting. My current job at a hospital will surely be helpful in my degree programme in Spiritual Care, and vice versa: no doubt the subject matter of the degree programme will be relevant to my work. My experience as a mentor and Student Ambassador will dovetail nicely with the Master’s in Education.

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  • 
						Testimonial of Prof. dr. Marjo Buitelaar

    You learn to look past the clichés about Muslims

    – Prof. dr. Marjo Buitelaar
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    I teach the course units 'Anthropology of Religion' and 'Islam'. The combination is a great way to learn about the link between the 'repertoire' of symbols, rituals and stories available to Islam as a historical tradition, and the divergent ways that individual Muslims and Muslim groups make use of that rich source to define guidelines for a good life, and derive comfort, strength and inspiration.

    When the question of how people make use of the sources available to Islam to define their own lives and their society is made central, you learn to recognize that religion is not a blueprint for life; there is always an interplay between religious regulations and daily practice. This throws light on how changeable religious traditions are. 

    Students learn to recognize this interplay and to chart it. In concrete terms, you learn how a religious tradition is given shape in everyday practice and how you can use anthropological themes, theories and approaches to study religion. You learn to recognize the global developments in a specific culture or region. The course unit 'Anthropology of Muslim Societies' thus integrates the various topics and approaches taught in other course units in the programme. 

    The course unit is extremely socially relevant: political Islam is playing a major role in contemporary national and international relations and world order.  The public debate sometimes reveals a very static view of Islam – people often think that it is a religion that has not changed since the seventh century and that that is what still determines all the thoughts and actions of Muslims. You will learn that people are not passive 'carriers' of a religion or culture. They are active actors who make use of different sources, which include religion, to define their own lives and to try to exert influence on their environment. If we produce one-sided explanations of the conflicts in which certain categories of Muslims are currently involved as being the result of Islam as a static, life-dominating religion, then you do not gain a proper view of the complexity of social, economic and political factors that contribute to people feeling hard done-by, insecure or who want to acquire power.

    A greater knowledge of the practice of Islam in the daily lives of 'ordinary' Muslims will teach you to see that the dominant view of Islam as an aggressive, intolerant and primarily political religion does not dovetail with the meaning of that religion for the vast majority of Muslims. They simply want to live in peace and quiet. For them, Islam primarily has a personal value from which they derive strength, comfort and inspiration for their own wellbeing and that of their loved ones. 

    I will teach you to look past the clichés and to ask analytical questions in order to adequately research social phenomena. 

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  • 
						Testimonial of Erin Wilson

    to do something that makes a difference

    – Erin Wilson
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    Understanding the relationship between religion and politics is crucial. In the course Religion and Politics that I teach together with my colleague Joram Tarusarira, we're not just talking about electoral or parliamentary politics, but politics in everyday relationships, in the media, in grass-roots organisations - struggles over power, injustice, who is marginalised and excluded.

    And we're not just focusing on 'religion' in terms of traditions like Christianity and Islam. We're also interested in the whole idea of 'religion' itself - who gets to define what 'religion' actually is, where it begins and ends, what its characteristics are, who its leaders and representatives are. What we show in the course is that how we define what 'religion' is, has a whole range of policy and real world consequences - it determines who can claim the right to freedom of religion or belief and who can't, for example.

    In this course, you are introduced to a range of topics, concepts and skills relevant for exploring the relationships between 'religion' and 'politics'. You will get a broad historical overview of thinkers who have explored this topic, ranging from ancient times through to the contemporary world, so you can identify how things have changed but also how they have stayed the same. You will gain knowledge of foundational thinkers, as well as new developments. Along, you will develop the critical analysis skills to identify problems and inconsistencies in public discourses on religion and politics, and the communication skills to effectively explain these inconsistencies to a diverse audience. These are crucial skills to have if you want to go on and work in policy or the NGO sector, for example.                                                                                                  

    I am personally motivated to teach about these topics because I want to do 'something' that makes a difference in people's lives, that helps to address inequalities and injustices in global politics and society. For me, in our contemporary world, there is so much misunderstanding and misrepresentation of religion in general, and Islam in particular. This leads to injustices and inequalities that affect people on a daily basis - whether that is Muslim families always being singled out for extra security checks at the airport, or media commentators and politicians arguing that we should stop accepting refugees because they may be terrorists, or indigenous people in the US being unable to claim protection for their sacred sites because their traditional rituals are defined by courts as 'culture' rather than as 'religion' – I could go on. Yet so often we see discussions about 'religion' and 'politics' as abstract things that are not relevant to the 'real world'. I want you to realize that these things do matter and that utilizing more sensitive nuanced understandings of religion can help to address these inconsistencies, inequalities and injustices, in both big and small ways.

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  • 
						Testimonial of Charlotte Wassenaar

    Social contribution

    – Charlotte Wassenaar
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    After graduating I was able to immediately follow an internship at a municipality. I was one of three students selected from among two hundred applicants. I was chosen among other things for my background in religious studies; my employer believed that I would bring in an interesting new perspective. The internship consisted of a two-year track during which I switched to a different municipal department every six months.

    After that I worked for this municipality for another eighteen months as a policy officer for the Social Support Act and domestic violence.

    I currently work as a project team member at JSO, a knowledge and expertise centre for the social domain. My job involves a variety of tasks in the social field, from developing quality measures for teenage mothers’ programmes to a stint as interim policy officer for youth affairs at a municipality. What I love about my work is that I operate at the very heart of society and I can make a real contribution.

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  • 
						Testimonial of Brenda Bartelink

    Suddenly, I'm the expert

    – Brenda Bartelink
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    After completing my Bachelor's and Master's, I did my PhD research on religion and development cooperation and sexuality, for which I conducted field work in East Africa. This helped me further develop my religious-scientific view on development cooperation.

    Religious Studies is a broad-based degree programme. It is important to choose your (broadening) Minor carefully. I chose Minors from the Faculty of Management and Organization, Development Studies and Philosophy as they are all highly relevant to my work. The training in research skills I
    received during my time in Groningen proved really useful to me. It is not only useful for researchers, but also for Religious Studies experts who want to work for the government or for a civil society organization.

    Being a junior researcher gives you a lot of freedom. I chose to follow a regular working pattern: I worked on my research during the day, and in the evenings I’d either work on my book, teach, give lectures, or serve on boards such as that of the NGG (Dutch Society for Religious Studies). Society expects a lot more from you once you’re working. Compared to when you were a student, you have greater responsibilities and are suddenly considered an expert.

    After my PhD, I worked as coordinator at the Religion and Development Knowledge Centre of the Oikos Foundation, where I helped in the joint training of development workers, policy makers and academics in how religion relates to conflicts, disasters, gender, health and human rights.

    I recently returned to the University of Groningen, this time as a postdoc for Kim Knibbe’s research project on religion, secularism, sexuality and health of the African community in the Netherlands.

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  • 
						Testimonial of Michaël Kruiper

    My students won't let me get away with nonsense

    – Michaël Kruiper
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    When I was rounding off my Master's degree programme, my former secondary school offered me a job as a teacher of Religious Education for a couple of hours a week. I started off with eight hours, completed my grade-one teaching qualification in Utrecht, and am currently teaching religion for four days and social studies for one day a week.

    I had a great time as a student. The Faculty owes its charm and strength to its small size, which meant I could fulfil various roles: I worked as an after-hours porter and as a mentor, set up the book committee and organized the introduction camp. In that same vein, I’m currently organizing a trip to Rome for the fifth-year students at our school.

    As a teacher I have to be on the qui vive; my students don’t let me get away with nonsense. Fortunately I had lots of debating practice at university.

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Study associations

Gerardus van der Leeuw

Gerardus van der Leeuw is the faculty community of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen.
The community exists since April 2003 and is named after Gerardus van der Leeuw the first theologian who introduced religious studies to the UG
http://gerardusvanderleeuw.nl/
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Student profile

You are fascinated by religion, other cultures and societies, and you wish to better understand the world you live in. You want to know what impact various religions have on society and people and you are open to different worldviews. You enjoy reading and you are interested in history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, politics and cultural anthropology. Most of all, you want to know what drives people!

(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system. N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Study support

To support you while studying, the Faculty ensures that the timetable is feasible, that mentors, lecturers, student assistants and the study advisor provide active study supervision, that exams are marked quickly and that lecturers and the study advisor are readily contactable. The teaching programme in the first year will also include a number of study skills course units which aim to teach you good study behaviour right from the start of your degree.

During the introduction, you will meet your mentors and the study advisor. The mentors are senior students who have received special training. Every mentor group will have a maximum of ten first-year students and two mentors. In a series of eight meetings, the mentors will familiarize you with the Faculty. They will also help you and provide advice about studying/learning to study. In addition, you will also have opportunities to ask the mentors questions or discuss issues that cannot be brought up during the group sessions. At the start of the academic year, the study adviser will hold introductory meetings with all of the first-year students. This is when you can discuss your expectations of your degree programme, and any unusual circumstances. At the end of the first semester, all first-year students will also be invited to a study progress meeting with the study adviser. If it looks like you will incur study delay, please contact the study adviser yourself. The study adviser can help you with your planning, and also advise you confidentially about study problems and/or personal problems.

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