MA in Religion, Conflict and Globalisation

University of Groningen

Program Description

MA in Religion, Conflict and Globalisation

University of Groningen

How does globalisation affect religious traditions and why does it seem that fundamentalism is growing? This programme teaches you to study religion in situations of conflict and peacebuilding.

This programme addresses the pivotal role of religion in the dynamics of globalisation. It combines different social scientific approaches. You will examine the political, social, psychological and cultural dimensions of present-day societies.

You will investigate the consequences of globalization for religious practices and individual, ethnic and national identities. You will examine how religion itself is a globalizing force. In this context, you will learn to understand the relationship between religion, conflict and peacebuilding. You will scrutinize national and international conflicts, and learn how they are interwoven with religious interests and opinions.

You will also examine the possibility to use religion to create identities and meaning. In this context, you will focus on both migrants and 'stay-at-homes'. You will connect recent theories and research with current developments.

Admission requirements

  • Language test

TOEFL: 580 paper/237 computer/92 internet; IELTS: 6.5(not for native speakers).

  • Previous education

Bachelor degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy or Social Science. Students with another bachelor degree can be permitted via a bridging programme.

  • Written request

A letter of motivation to the admissions committee explaining the choice for this study programme (max. 1 page) is needed, just like to submit an overview of their bachelor programme and a Curriculum Vitae in OAS.

Job Prospects

With your degree, you can advise or write policy documents on different subjects, such as developmental assistance or multicultural society. You could work for the government, in business or at an NGO. You may also work in the media or as a teacher of religion in secondary education.

If you want to pursue an academic career, you can follow this track as a specialization within the Research Master's programme.

Job examples

  • Consulting & Policy

In a globalizing world, national and international conflicts are farreaching.There is a need for experts who can explain and help solve these conflicts. With your degree, you can advise or write policy documents on different subjects, such as developmental assistance or multicultural society. You could work for the government, in business or at an NGO. More specifically, this could mean working for the think-tank of a political party, for the Netherlands Institute for Social Research or for the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.

  • Media & Journalism

Religion is in the news every day, often in a negative way, from terrorism to integration issues. With your expertise in the field of religion and conflict, you can intensify the debate in society and, where necessary, add some nuance to the picture. You can put your knowledge into practice as an editor at a publishing company, a broadcasting company, a newspaper or a current affairs magazine.

  • Education

You will have enough knowledge of the subject to teach Religious Studies and Philosophy or Social Studies in secondary education. You could also opt for a position in higher vocational education. As you also need didactic skills as a teacher, it is advisable to do a Master's in Education after you have completed your regular Master's programme.

Other information

Tuition fees

  • EU/EEA - 2018-2019 € 2060 full-time
  • non-EU/EEA - 2018-2019 € 11500 full-time

Application deadlines

  • EU/EEA students: 01 May 2018, course starts 01 September 2018
  • non-EU/EEA students: 01 May 2018, course starts 01 September 2018
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated February 21, 2018
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Sept. 2019
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1 year
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2,060 EUR
- EU, 11.400 EUR. - non-EU per year
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