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Theologie & Religiewetenschappen


  • 1 jaar

    The tracks comprise of several course modules (30 ECTS in total), an internship (10 ECTS) and a master's thesis (20 ECTS).

    De Engelstalige masterprogramma's omvatten 30 ECTS aan verplichte modules, een stage van 10 ECTS en een scriptie van 20 ECTS. Het masterprogramma Geestelijke Verzorging omvat 20 ECTS aan verplichte modules, een stage van 20 ECTS en eveneens een scriptie van 20 ECTS.


  • Religion, Conflict and Globalisation (track)

    How are religion, conflict and peace related? How does globalization affect local religious traditions? How do religious and secular actors interact in local and global debates on migration and gender?.Within the modern world, it is clear that religion has a major role in many conflicts occurring at multiple levels and locations. Religion has also become one of the main ways in which people connect with each other around the globe. However, the role of religion in contemporary societies is not well understood in academic research, nor in the work of those responsible for policy and action. NGO’s, governments and journalists alike have misguided understandings of religion’s role in the modern world and the meaning that it holds for various peoples.The Religion, Conflict and Globalization Master’s track aims to address the pivotal place of religion within the dynamics of a globalized world, and how this relates to conflicts that shape modern societies. The course is interdisciplinary, wide-ranging, and broad; including political, social, psychological, cultural and legal dimensions.You will learn to:* investigate the consequences of globalization on religion, migration, conflict and peacebuilding; and gender dynamics;* Examine the use of secular ‘frames’ judgements when considering conflicts that include religion;* Analyse local, national and international conflicts; and how these are interwoven with religious perspectives.

  • Religion, Health and Wellbeing (track)

    Welke rol speelt religie en spiritualiteit in onze beleving van gezondheid en welzijn? Welk effect heeft de huidige biomedische focus van de gezondheidszorg op ons?

    Deze interdisciplinaire opleiding onderzoekt wat het betekent om ziek danwel gezond te zijn in pluralistische, geïndividualiseerde en technologische samenlevingen vanuit psychologische, culturele, ethische en politieke perspectieven. Niet alleen beïnvloedt religieuze, culturele, politieke, fysieke en technologische diversiteit hoe wij herstellen van een ziekte of hoe wij gezond blijven. Deze uitgangspunten beïnvloeden ook wat wij denken wat 'gezondheid' überhaupt inhoudt.Deze track in de master Theologie en Religiewetenschappen heeft twee specialisaties: 'Geestelijke Verzorging' en 'Ethiek en Diversiteit'.› In de specialisatie Geestelijke Verzorging ontwikkel je academische onderzoeks- en praktijkvaardigheden gericht op de psychologische, ethische en spirituele dimensies van gezondheid en welzijn. De specialisatie leidt op tot geregistreerd Geestelijk Verzorger en wordt grotendeels in het Nederlands aangeboden. Deze specialisatie kan ook in deeltijd gevolgd worden.› In de specialisatie Ethiek en Diversiteit leer je de antropologische, sociologische en ethische dimensies van gezondheid en welzijn te onderzoeken. Deze specialisatie wordt in het Engels aangeboden.

  • Religion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern (track)

    How did the ancient Romans view religious-political differences? How did ancient Jewish, Christian, and Muslim authorities use authoritative texts? What potential for pluralism exists in modern monotheisms and secularisms?.Tension between group solidarity and productive relations with ' others'  has been part of human history for as long as evidence exists. In Europe it has played out most enduringly in relations among the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Today, in the face of mass migration from Muslim regions, questions of political identity and belonging remain bound up with religious affiliation. This one-year degree programme focuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims in the antique world and how these relations have formed our modern society. We will explore concepts as religious pluralism, politics, and their many interfaces globally in particular.

    In this track within the Master's Programme in Theology & Religious Studies, you will:

    • examine the literary sources of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in a historically informed way in order to bring critical perspectives to modern interpretations;
    • identify continuing issues in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic self-definition, toleration of difference, and exclusionary or conversionist tendencies;
    • map a range of ancient possibilities for coexistence or conviviality and their opposites under changing conditions.
  • Religion and Cultural Heritage (track)

    Are you fascinated by history and culture? Want to help shape today's cultural landscape? Find out what defines “heritage”? Learn how museums plan exhibitions or how heritage policies are created?

    Memory produces identity. That is why heritage is crucial for our sense of continuity in rapidly changing societies.Governments, national and international organizations need to make sense of the past as they make policies for and invest in heritage. The aim of this master's degree is to give you the theoretical and practical education necessary to take an active role in this exciting and growing field.

    Why study heritage at a faculty of Theology and Religious Studies? Because most of the heritage around us stems, one way or another, from religious practices and ideas. If you want to understand heritage in all its facets, you want to study with experts who know the full story behind material and intangible heritages both locally and abroad.

    The track Religion and Cultural Heritage in the Master's Programme in Theology and Religious Studies combines broad cultural competence with a high-level academic research training and the practical skills relevant for today's job market. Through concrete projects and internships, you can gain hands-on experience in the field.

  • Master's Honours Programme: (honoursprogramma)

    Honours programme of the University (15 EC).

    For students who have a Bachelor Honours degree and who have attended a University College or were actively involved in (student)organizations besides the regular master programme.

Opbouw programma

In all of the English taught specializations there are compulsory modules (30 ECTS), a placement of 10 ECTS and the thesis of 20 ECTS. Check the individual websites of our tracks for specific information.

Voor meer informatie over het curriculum, zie de afzonderlijke masterprogramma's.

Studielast: 28 uur per week

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief
  • Voor gemiddeld 20 weken
  • Maximaal 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:

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:

Waarom in Groningen?
  • Best MA programme in Theology and Religious Studies in the Netherlands
  • Vibrant research tradition with international links.
  • Taught by leading experts with a world-class reputation at Top 100 University.
  • You can follow your own research interests.
  • International teaching staff and international classroom.
  • Expertise on various religions, taught at non-denominational university.
  • Beste master in Theologie en Religiewetenschappen van Nederland
  • Internationaal unieke programma's
  • Je werkt met jouw docent in kleine groepen
  • Onderwijs en onderzoek zijn nauw met elkaar verbonden
  • Gedoceerd door toonaangevende deskundigen met een uitmuntende reputatie
  • Uitermate stimulerende leeromgeving
  • Je kunt je eigen onderzoeksinteressen volgen
  • Expertise op het gebied van diverse religies aan openbare universiteit

Master's students are expected to show a large degree of independence. If necessary you can make use of various forms of study supervision and study support. For example, you can contact a mentor or your study advisor. While writing your thesis, you will receive personal supervision from one of the lecturers.

Immediately after arrival, students who gained their Bachelor's degree at a different faculty or university as well as international students will be allocated a mentor who will help them get to know the Faculty. You can also go to the study advisor if you have doubts about your abilities or for whatever reason run the risk of study delay. You will receive intensive supervision while writing your thesis. The Master's programme includes a thesis seminar, where attention is paid to how to tackle writing a Master's thesis, and where the progress of the process is monitored closely. You will also receive structural supervision from the lecturer who is the specialist in the field of your thesis.

Als masterstudent wordt een grote mate van zelfstandigheid van je verwacht. Indien nodig kun je gebruikmaken van verschillende vormen van studiebegeleiding en studieondersteuning. Zo kun je een beroep doen op een mentor of op de studieadviseur. Tijdens het schrijven van je scriptie krijg je persoonlijke begeleiding van een van de docenten.

Studenten die hun bacheloropleiding aan een andere faculteit of universiteit hebben gevolgd en de internationale studenten krijgen direct na binnenkomst een mentor toegewezen die hen wegwijs kan maken in de faculteit. Bij de studieadviseur kun je terecht als je twijfelt over je eigen kunnen of als je om wat voor reden dan ook studievertraging dreigt op te lopen of hebt opgelopen. Tijdens het schrijven van je scriptie word je intensief begeleid. Zo volg je binnen je masterprogramma een scriptieseminar, waarin alle aandacht uitgaat naar de vraag hoe je het schrijven van een masterscriptie moet aanpakken en waar de voortgang van het proces zoveel mogelijk wordt bewaakt. Daarnaast krijg je structurele begeleiding van de docent die inhoudelijk deskundig is op het terrein van je scriptie.

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