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Research Master
Religious Studies (Theology and Religious Studies)

The two-year Research Master's in Religious Studies offers a unique research environment in which you develop the research skills to conduct your own research project in the field of religious studies. You will explore key issues, theoretical perspectives and methodological questions in the field of religious studies, and engage in ongoing research with faculty members.

Religious plurality in the Western world

The Research Master’s in Religious Studies focuses on the history and presence of religious diversity in Europe and in its wider Mediterranean, Eurasian and Transatlantic context. The programme emphasises the processes of religious diversification in different socio-cultural contexts. It trains you both in the historical and the empirical study of religious cultures and countercultures, including the interdisciplinary study of ideas, narratives, practices, institutions and their interactions.

Studying Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam

The Research Master’s programme offers several unique specialisations in the field of religious studies. You can choose to focus on Western Esotericism, Religious Diversity in Europe, and Islam in the Modern World and will be able to tailor your programme to your interests by taking a broad range of electives in these and other areas.

You will also have the opportunity to study with the department's leading specialists. In a tutorial setting, you will receive supervision from these specialists for your own research projects. In addition, the presence of numerous museums and famous libraries in the city centre of Amsterdam will make the study of religion at the UvA an exceptional experience.

Student profile

You will be considered for admission to this Research Master’s programme if you meet the entry requirements and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • you have excellent research skills at Bachelor’s level and you are able to conduct research independently (i.e. collecting material, applying theory, and writing a thesis);
  • you have a strong academic interest in the analysis of spirituality and religion in the history of Western culture and in contemporary societies.
  • you have a willingness to engage in interdisciplinary research cutting across methodological and traditional disciplinary boundaries;

You are expected to convincingly demonstrate in the motivation form that your background and academic interest in the field will allow you to successfully complete this study programme.

Degree certificate

The Research Master's programme Religious Studies is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Religious Studies (Theology and Religious Studies)
Degree programme Research MA Theology and Religious Studies (research)
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60827