MA Theology and Religious Studies

Leiden University

Program Description

MA Theology and Religious Studies

Leiden University

The multi-disciplinary Master’s in Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University allows you to focus on either religion, culture and society in general or more specifically on the dynamics of Christianity in its diverse forms. You will be taught theories that you will apply immediately to empirical findings in a comparative approach. Historical, cultural, anthropological, psychological and sociological perspectives equip you with a broad set of academic skills enhancing your career opportunities.

Specialisations

Religion, Culture and Society allows you to study a broad spectrum of religions and their manifestations. Important themes throughout the curriculum are modernisation and globalisation and their impacts on religion and its place in society. What makes this specialisation unique is the wide scope of the programme. The generalist approach towards the study of religion focuses on skills, tools, methods and theories. Graduates are equipped with everything needed to analyze situations and tackle problems in society at large. Our staff members are specialized in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and New Religious movements; their expertise is available on site.

Christianity: the Dynamics of Diversity focuses on the changing role of Christianity in society, from the early modern period up to the present day. Important themes are the impact of biblical criticism, modern historical scholarship, science and cultural transfers. What makes this specialisation particularly attractive is its non-confessional and comparative approach to the study of Christianity and its diverse expressions in (early) modern history and present-day society. Christianity: the Dynamics of Diversity studies secularizing developments including non-religion, agnosticism, and atheism, and underlines the importance of biblical criticism in the tradition of Erasmus and Spinoza.

5 reasons to choose Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University

  1. Leiden University is famous for its wide range of specialisms and outstanding scholarship, providing you with an excellent basis for the study of religion from a comparative perspective.
  2. 5 specialist staff members support the unique profile in Christianity.
  3. Courses consist both of theory and applied practice, offering you hands-on experience; all the necessary research skills, tools and historical sources are made available.
  4. A variety of alternating electives gives you freedom of choice. You can specialize in one of many religious traditions, or opt for a methodological approach.
  5. The relatively small size of our department allows for an informal atmosphere and approachable staff members. You’ll be provided with individual, personalized guidanc

Tuition fees

EU/EEA, Dutch (including Netherlands Antilles), Swiss or Surinamese: around €1,984.

Other: around €16,400.

Interested?

If you would like to know more, please get in touch or visit the programme introduction page on our website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/theology-and-religious-studies/en/introduction.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 19, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
Sept. 2017
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
Price
1,984 EUR
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Deadline
Request Info
October 15th for those requiring a visa, residence permit or housing; if these are not required, the deadline is Dec 1st.
Start date Feb. 2017
Place
Netherlands Leiden
Application deadline Request Info
October 15th for those requiring a visa, residence permit or housing; if these are not required, the deadline is Dec 1st.
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
Non-EEA, non-Swiss, & non-Surinam: 16400
Start date Sept. 2017
Place
Netherlands Leiden
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
April 1st for those requiring a visa, residence permit or housing; if these are not required, the deadline is June 15th.
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
Non-EEA, non-Swiss, & non-Surinam: 16400
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