Theology & Religious Studies: Peace, Trauma and Religion

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Deze opleiding

The master programme Peace, Trauma and Religion offers a distinct theological and interreligious perspective on questions of violence, peace-building and conflict transformation.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar deeltijd
numerus fixusnee
Today, we witness the rise of national and regional conflicts (so-called “new wars”), often linked to religious and ethnic diversity and enmity, usually triggered by unjust living conditions. In a globalized world, every regional conflict affects and is affected by the international community. At the same time we observe the devastating influence of violent conflicts on the individual as well as on the relations within families and communities (trauma).

This has created a growing interest in the political and public arena to explore and develop skills for peace making and peace keeping (locally, regionally, and internationally) as well as for conflict prevention and post-conflict care. In the field of Theology and Religious Studies, all of these insights are considered and critically reflected (in research, education, and praxis) from the perspective of different faith traditions. Religion is misused to incite violent conflicts and it is one of the strongest resources for conflict resolution and trauma healing – on the inter-personal level, the inter-groups level, as well as in reconciliation processes within whole societies.
Deze opleiding heeft meerdere vormen :

Waarom aan de VU University Amsterdam?

  • Gain working experience during an internship in a societal, political or religious organization or deepen your special interest with a research internship.
  • Research is of a high academic level, and seeks to closely interact with societal issues.
  • Learn to reflect on the meaning of your faith for your time and place in dialogue with students from other parts of the world and from other religious traditions.
  • Amsterdam: one of the most beautiful cities of the world & capital of the Netherlands.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet60% zelfstudie
10% theorie
30% praktijk
excursion, group discussion, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, portfolio, seminar, internship, tutorial, working group, self study

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend

If you want to be admitted to the masterprogramme Peace, Trauma and Religion, you have to apply via Studielink before June 1st for the study Theology & Religious Studies (60 EC).

Before the start of the academic year the student needs to have an intake with the coordinator of the specialization. The aim of this intake is to discuss possible deficiency in theological knowledge of the student.

BSc-before-MSc rule' on admission to this master in the academic year 2020-2021 Generally speaking, students must complete their Bachelor's or pre-Master's before starting on their Master's programme. This is known as the 'BSc-before-MSc rule'. Due to the corona crisis, however, some students have had to partially stop their studies, resulting in an unfortunate delay. Master's programmes at VU Amsterdam have examined how an exception to the rule can be made possible, so that students do not get stuck in the transition from Bachelor's to Master's because of the corona crisis. Students must have completed a minimum of 90% (162 EC) from a three-year university Bachelor's programme. The rest of the admission requirements will stay the same.
Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Theology or Religious Studies from a university abroad will only be admitted following an assessment of their degree by the admissions board. Students with Bachelor's degrees in other disciplines are also welcome to apply, provided that the degree obtained is from a research-oriented university.

Please prepare the following documents:

  • Application form (Dutch)
  • Transcript of records (scan of original)
  • Motivation letter
  • CV

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registration fee

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale 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.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


20 studenten volgen deze opleiding
50% daarvan is vrouw
12 eerstejaars gestart in 2019
50% daarvan is vrouw
22864 studenten aan de VU University Amsterdam
58% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
47168studenten woonachtig   
€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête


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1/7 VU University Amsterdam
Peace, Trauma and Religion
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
12 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/7 VU University Amsterdam
Spiritual Care
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
33 eerstejaars
60% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
3/7 VU University Amsterdam
Exploring a Discipline
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
18 eerstejaars
33% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
4/7 VU University Amsterdam
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
5/7 University of Groningen
Geestelijke verzorging
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
1 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
75% Nederlandstalig
25% Engelstalig
6/7 Radboud University Nijmegen
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
7/7 Tilburg University
Christianity and Society (Master Theologie & Religiewetenschappen)
€ 253 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
algemeen oordeel4.44.0
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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Theology & Religious Studies: Peace, Trauma and Religion aan de VU University Amsterdam is beoordeeld door 9 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.4 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Students will find employment in a wide range of non-governmental as well as governmental institutions, media and research, international organizations as well as religious institutions, or in the field of health care and counselling. The faculty offers the opportunity to continue the one-year programme with a second year to complete the Master of Research (leading to a possible PhD programme).

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