Theology & Religious Studies

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

Everyone has an opinion on religion, but few people can interpret this complex phenomenon accurately. This Master's programme trains you to become a specialist in the field of religion and culture.

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locatieGroningen
diplomaMA
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
accreditatiesNVAO
croho-code60824
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

The one-year Master's programme in Theology and Religious Studies focuses on the relationship between religion, culture and society. You will learn to understand and analyse their dynamics.

You can choose from four specializations:

  • Religion, Conflict and Globalization
    You will acquire knowledge of the relationship between religion, conflict and peace building.
  • Religion and Cultural Heritage
    Specialization in material and immaterial heritage
  • Religion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern
    Focus on the relations among Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the antique world and how these relations have formed our modern society.
  • Religion, Health and Wellbeing
    Examines what it means to be ill or healthy in diverse, individualized and highly technological societies.


You will finish the programme by writing a thesis. All programmes are taught in English, with the exception of Spiritual Care.

Waarom aan de University of 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.

Studieprogramma

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tracks

track Religion, Health and Wellbeing

What role does religion and spirituality play in our experience of health and wellbeing? How does the biomedical focus of current healthcare practice affect us?

This interdisciplinary degree programme examines what it means to be ill or healthy in diverse, individualized and highly technological societies, from psychological, cultural, ethical, and political perspectives. Not only does religious, cultural, political, physical, and technological diversity influence how we try to recover or maintain our health, it also influences what we think 'health' is in the first place.This track within the Master's Programme in Theology and Religious Studies, has two specializations: 'Spiritual Care [Geestelijke Verzorging]' and 'Ethics and Diversity'.› The specialization in Ethics and Diversity imparts the academic knowledge and skills to examine the anthropological, sociological, and ethical dimensions of health and well-being. This specialization is taught in English.› The specialization in Spiritual Care imparts the academic and practical knowledge and skills needed to examine the psychological, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of health and wellbeing, enabling you to become a registered spiritual care giver [geestelijk verzorger]. This specialization is mainly taught in Dutch.

track Religion, Conflict and Globalization



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.

track Religion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern



How did the 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.

track Religion and Cultural Heritage



How and why do we creatively make use of the past to forge new identities in the present? How do we negotiate the tension between heritage preservation and engaged ownership? What is at stake in the "musealization" of religion?.Religion and Cultural Heritage is a unique one-year interdisciplinary MA-programme focusing on a major trend at the interface of religion, identity, politics, and heritage studies. It also addresses a gap in critical heritage studies, studying the shifting place of religion in heritage debates.Heritage and religion are in the news and on the political agenda both nationally and internationally. In the coming years, 30-80% of religious buildings will lose their original function in the Netherlands. National and European budgets are dedicating millions of euros to the development of plans to address vacant religious heritage buildings. Tourism and pilgrimage to religious objects, sites, and festivals are booming, which raises questions about sustainability and impact.

At the same time, heritage has become a significant subject in contemporary cultural debate. Large-scale migration and secularization are changing the religious identities of communities and the way they perceive the past. Urgent new questions are arising, like how migrant communities can maintain their religious identities while grappling with the material and intangible heritage of their new homes? And how does the new diversity affect the sense of identity and heritage of dominant cultures?The demands of preservation of at risk material and intangible heritage in the face of war, displacement, population shifts, and climate change are great. How are preservation concerns balanced with local resources?This programme challenges you to analyse and contribute your own voice to these debates.

Onderwijs

taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet70% zelfstudie
20% theorie
10% praktijk
avondonderwijsn.v.t.
afstandsonderwijsn.v.t.
onderwijsvormen
literature study, oral presentation, internship, research, tutorial, lecture, group discussion, individual assignment, self study, seminar
objectives
See for the objectives of the program the various specializations.
study abroad
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
study guidance
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.

exchange programs
  • Aarhus Universitet (Denemarken) Erasmus Uitwisselingsprogramma - Denemarken
    Uitwisselingsverband
  • Universität Bremen (Duitsland) Erasmus Uitwisselingsprogramma - Duitsland
    Uitwisselingsverband
  • Ruhr Universität Bremen (Duitsland) Erasmus Uitwisselingsprogramma - Duitsland
    Uitwisselingsverband
  • Universität Erfurt (Duitsland) Erasmus Uitwisselingsprogramma - Duitsland
    Uitwisselingsverband
  • Philipps-Universität Marburg (Duitsland) Erasmus Uitwisselingsprogramma - Duitsland
    Uitwisselingsverband
  • Universität Münster (Duitsland) Erasmus Uitwisselingsprogramma - Duitsland
    Uitwisselingsverband
  • University of Oslo (Noorwegen) Erasmus Uitwisselingsprogramma - Noorwegen
    Uitwisselingsverband
  • Göttingen (Duitsland) Erasmus Uitwisselingsverband - Duitsland
    Uitwisselingsverband
  • ITU - Istanbul (Turkije) Erasmus Uitwisselingsverband - Turkije
    Uitwisselingsverband
  • Princeton Theological Seminary PhD Uitwisselingsprogramma - USA
    Uitwisselingsverband PhD
honours-/excellence program Master's Honours Programme: "Leadership: making the difference'

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.

Toelating en kosten

startmomenten

1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Students with Dutch degrees send all the documentation by mail to onderwijs.ggw@rug.nl.

Students with non-Dutch degrees send all their documentation via OAS (Online Application System).




toelatingseisen

cijferlijst
A grade list of the marks of your bachelor's degree programme with an explanation of the followed courses.

taaltoets
TOEFL: 580 paper/237 computer/92 internet; IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part) (not for native speakers)

vooropleiding
Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts (e.g. International Organizations, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy), Political Sciences or Social Sciences (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a reading package will be provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature. Students with another bachelor's degree may be admitted via a premaster's programme.

resumee

motivatiebrief
A letter of motivation to the admissions board, outlining your interest in the programme, including your motivation and expectations (max. 1 page), accompanied with a writing sample of an academic paper, preferably your Bachelor's (or Master's) Thesis.

studie kosten
bron: University of Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 12000levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 740studiematerialenper jaar
€ 400visa/permitper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld
examination
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
bedragkostenpost
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
22internet+tv
152boodschappen/kostgeld
32telefoon
117verzekeringen
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
29drinken/snoep/snacks
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
30contributies/abonnementen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart
45overig

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven

studentaantallen

51 studenten volgen deze opleiding
71% daarvan is vrouw
4 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
75% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de University of Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

studievereniging

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

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

Keuzehulp

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Studievergelijker

1/22 University of Groningen
Theologie & Religiewetenschappen
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
4 eerstejaars
75% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/22 University of Groningen
Religion and Cultural Heritage
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
4 eerstejaars
75% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
3/22 University of Groningen
Religion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
4 eerstejaars
75% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
4/22 University of Groningen
Religion, Conflict and Globalization
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
18 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
5/22 University of Groningen
Geestelijke verzorging
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
11 eerstejaars
54% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
75% Nederlandstalig
25% Engelstalig
6/22 University of Groningen
Religion, Health and Wellbeing
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
4 eerstejaars
75% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
80% Nederlandstalig
100% Engelstalig
7/22 Leiden University
Religious Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
8/22 Radboud University Nijmegen
Religiewetenschappen
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
9/22 Radboud University Nijmegen
Religiestudies
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
10/22 Radboud University Nijmegen
Islamstudies
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
11/22 Radboud University Nijmegen
Theology
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
12/22 Radboud University Nijmegen
Geestelijke verzorging
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
13/22 Radboud University Nijmegen
Religie en beleid
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
14/22 University of Amsterdam
Islam in the Modern World
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
28% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
15/22 University of Amsterdam
Religious Diversity in Europe
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
28% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
16/22 University of Amsterdam
Western Esotericism
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
17/22 Tilburg University
Christianity and Society (Master Theologie & Religiewetenschappen)
€ 253 gemiddelde kamerhuur
2 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
18/22 VU University Amsterdam
Peace, Trauma and Religion
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
12 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
19/22 VU University Amsterdam
Media
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
20/22 VU University Amsterdam
Building Interreligious Relations
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
12 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
21/22 VU University Amsterdam
Spiritual Care
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
33 eerstejaars
60% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
22/22 VU University Amsterdam
Exploring a Discipline
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
18 eerstejaars
33% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers

studentoordelen

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deze
opleiding
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algemeen oordeel4.14.0
inhoud4.13.9
docenten4.34.1
studiefaciliteiten4.13.8
studielast3.63.5
studiebegeleiding3.93.7
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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Theology & Religious Studies aan de University of Groningen is beoordeeld door 28 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

Na de studie

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If you want to become a teacher of religion in secondary education you can additionally follow the Educational Master's programme. If you want to pursue an academic career, you can follow one of the tracks track as a specialization within the Research Master's programme.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

With a degree in Theology and Religious Studies, you can work as an advisor or policymaker. You can find a job in the media and in journalism, or enter the field of education. You can also pursue a research career at a university or research institution. As a spiritual caregiver you can work in care facilities.

Check our alumni page to find out where our alumni ended up after graduating.



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Contact

Student Ambassadeurs

Our master's student ambassadors are happy to tell you more about the programme.

Kees van den Ende MA

studieadviseur

Drs. Thea de Boer

Studieadviseur

Meer informatie?
Bezoek de website van deze opleiding.

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