Four main disciplines The Master's degree in Theology at Radboud Universiteit is a comprehensive academic programme with four main disciplines: literary, historical, systematic, and practical theology (the study of the source texts of Judaism and Christianity, the history of Church and theology, and of systematic and practical theology). In the programme, you will become adept at analysing the central concepts and practices of faith in order to contribute to the implementation of the tasks of theology in our current world (especially science, church and society). The skills belonging to the scientific disciplines are practised at a level that will prepare students to further develop independently in one of the chosen specialisations and scientific research. In short, the students familiarise themselves with the full spectrum of theology, while given the opportunity to specialise in one disciplinary specialisation. Broad programme with a choice of profile The programme is broad and in the first year, you establish which aspects you wish to accentuate. In the second year, you specialise further and select your profile. In year one, you choose eight modules including at least one from each of the three groups listed below. In the second year, you choose six modules, at least three of which must belong to the group in which you will write your Master's Thesis. You can choose the same subjects as the ones you studied in the first year because the content changes each year. In addition, you can choose a number of elective subjects. In the third year, you can specialise in one subject. Truly international Theology has always been a truly international Master's programme; three-quarters of our graduates come from abroad and our staff are also international. The Nijmegen School of Theology had contacts throughout the world. We cooperate with universities in Kenya, Tanzania, India and Indonesia, including closing agreements about PhD places in Nijmegen. The Nijmegen College - a religious community where students from different countries live and work together - has been established to meet the specific needs of foreign students. Personal tutor and intensive supervision The programme is closely linked to the research carried out by the Research Institute for Religious Studies and Theology. A panel of external experts recently evaluated our programme as "extremely good". What's more, 88% of our students graduate - an extremely high percentage. This is because we know how to motivate through excellent education and intensive supervision. As a Master's student, you will have a personal tutor and you will work in an inspiring environment with excellent researchers. Radboud University theologians are internationally recognised as critical, socially involved thinkers.
As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.
1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Theology or related area.
2. Proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- A TOEFL score of ≥90
- An IELTS score of ≥6.5
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
3. A proficiency in Hebrew and Greek
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have a basic knowledge Hebrew and Greek. Students need to be able to show, in the form of successfully completed electives or degrees that they have the required proficiency.
Programmes start in September and February
Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.
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