In today’s world there is a growing presence of spiritual practices and ideas alongside more traditional forms of religion. How are we to make sense of this development? In this Master’s programme you will study the changing role of religion and spirituality in contemporary societies and their historical roots.
This programme focuses on spirituality and religion as they manifest themselves in the most diverse areas of culture and society, both in the past and in the present. It trains students to use historical methods in tandem with social-scientific ones. Within the programme, you choose to specialise in Spirituality and Esotericism in Western Culture or in the study of Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Societies. There is also the possibility to specialise in Spirituality and Religion in Islam.
You will learn to conduct research from a critical perspective, to work with archival and other primary sources, and to present your results in an elaborate, coherent way. Upon completion of the programme, you will have a firm grasp of the historical roots of spirituality and the changing role of religion in society. You can use this in your future careers in such fields as research, policy, education, or in the cultural sector.
The Master’s in Spirituality and Religion at the University of Amsterdam is unique in the world in its exclusive focus on spirituality and religion. It offers, among others, courses on Western esotericism and on the changing place of spirituality and religion in contemporary society. This one-year programme is taught in English, and welcomes both Dutch and international students from a broad range of disciplines.
As a student in the Master’s programme in Spirituality and religion you are expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:
Spirituality and religion is an accredited degree programme of Theology and Religious Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in this programme and the title Master of Arts (MA).
|Degree programme||MA Theology & Religious Studies|
|Type||Regular study programme|
|Credits||60 ECTS, 12 months|
|Language of instruction||English|