Religious Studies

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Application deadline: EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake); 1 December (February intake) Non - EU/EEA students: 1 April (September intake); 15 October (February intake)

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About Religious Studies

The multi - disciplinary Master's in Religious Studies at Leiden University offers an expansive curriculum through which you can explore religion. This MA offers you the best of Leiden University, from outstanding teachers to world - class resources including its library's famous collections.

Choose between two specialisations: Religion, Culture and Society, which explores a spectrum of religionsm and themes including modernisation and globalisation and Christianity: the Dynamics of Diversity, which focusses on the changing role of Christianity and the impact of biblical criticism, modern historicals cholarship, science and cultural transfers.

A comparative approach is taken to the study of all theories and concepts, which are applied to real - world empirical findings. Topics are explored from a wide range of disciplines from history to sociology. Small classes create an informal atmosphere and valuable time interacting with lecturers. Students develop advanced critical - thinking and problem - solving skills that can be applied to any societal issue.

Studying Religious Studies

Our Master's in Religious Studies programme gives you considerable freedom to tailor your degree to reflect your interests. You can choose from two areas of specialisation, do an internship or an independent project in place of an elective, and pursue specific areas of interest not available elsewhere. All classes are taught by accomplished scholars at Leiden. Small classes give you valuable time interacting with your lecturers to ensure you get the most out of your education.

Your qualification from Lei den University is respected by organisations worldwide. But that's not the only advantage of studying at Leiden. We challenge you to think harder, analyse more vigorously, consider new perspectives, and apply what you learn to real - world situations.

Curriculum and Overview

The one - year MA in Religious Studies offers students the choice between two specialised tracks: Religion, Culture and Society, and Christianity: the dynamics of Diversity.

Religion, Culture and Society specialization:

  • This specialisatio n consists of compulsory courses, electives or an internship or independent study, and an MA thesis based your own original research. Compulsory Courses include: Tools and Theories; Confronting Modernity; and Global Transformations.

Christianity: The Dyna mics of Diversity specialization:

  • This specialisation consists of compulsory courses, one elective, and an MA thesis based your own original research. A one - day conference concludes the programme, during which students present their research. Compulsory Co urses include: Tools and Theories; Confronting Modernity; The Holy Book: Its Changing Status in the Early Modern and Modern Era; and Global Transformations.

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e - Prospectus:

Job and Career prospects

The MA in Theology and Religious Studies prepares you for a wide range of positions. This programme offers excellent preparation for students seeking a profession that requires advanced analytical skills and specialised knowledge of religion and its cultural, geographic and historic context. Our graduates have pursued research - oriented careers or careers as editors, journalists, policy advisors, counsellors or teachers of religion or philosophy.

Positions of our graduates include:

  • Member of staff at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service
  • PhD candidate at an international university
  • Journalist
  • Party officer at a political party
  • PhD candidate at a European university
  • Consultant at a large international consultancy firm
  • Teacher at a secondary school
  • Policy officer at a Christian NGO
  • Programme manager at a large Dutch city council

Do you want to apply for this programme at Leiden University? FInd out how to apply by following the step-by step guide:

About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open - minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!

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