Master in Theology and Religious Studies: Christianity and Society (MA)

Tilburg University

Program Description

Master in Theology and Religious Studies: Christianity and Society (MA)

Tilburg University

Master in Theology and Religious Studies: Christianity and Society (MA)

Are you fascinated by religion and by Christianity in particular? Have you ever wondered what the impact of Christianity is in society, or how society influences Christianity? Would you like to study this topic in depth with students from around the world?

The Master’s Program Christianity and Society provides students with a deeper insight in the interaction between Christianity and society. You learn to critically reflect on the place of Christianity in the public space and the concomitant tensions that arise in the dialogue with both (post)modern society and world religions. The focus of the Master’s Program is on linking theological and religious sources of the past with current social, economic and political issues. Special attention is given to Catholic Social Thought, which deals with issues such as the relation between religion and state, and the contribution of capitalism to justice and happiness. This offers you a unique opportunity to prepare you for a professional (NGO, government) or academic career. You study the Master Christianity and Society in an international, informal and personal study environment.

You will benefit from:

  • expert knowledge of highly qualified lecturers, 50 percent of whom are full professors;
  • a multidisciplinary program taught by theologians, sociologists, economists, law specialists, and philosophers;
  • small classes (on average 5-10 students), allowing for individual attention and personal contact with fellow students and teachers; and
  • an international classroom with students from various countries, religions and academic backgrounds, ensuring a lively and balanced dialogue.
  • The opportunity to follow the extended Master’s Program of one and a half year in total, in which you do an internship at a relevant institution or organization.

You will become adept at:

  • high-level philosophical questioning and debate;
  • analyzing and reflecting on current theological and societal issues; understanding and solving problems in multidisciplinary contexts;
  • writing clear academic papers and presenting them to an audience; and
  • working in a self-directed and independent way.

After graduation

Upon graduation, you will be an expert on the relations between Christianity and society in multiple fields of study. You will be able to use your expertise in advisory or management roles in religious organizations and churches, in government organizations and in NGOs. You will also be able to apply your academic knowledge in the fields of media, politics and economic relations.

Curriculum Content

The three main sections of the curriculum comprise Fundamentals, In Dialogue With (during which you have the option of swapping one 'In Dialogue' course in the prescribed curriculum for an MA elective of your choice) and In Conclusion.


  • Christian Theology: Fundamental Issues and Contemporary Questions
  • Catholic Social Thought in Contemporary Society
  • Sources and History of Social Thought

In Dialogue With

  • Christianity in Dialogue with the Economic World
  • Christianity in Dialogue with the World Religions
  • Christianity in Dialogue with Contemporary Politics, Government and Law

Research Methods and Master's Thesis

  • Research and Hermeneutics
  • Thesis Seminar Christianity and Society
  • Thesis Master Christianity and Society
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2018
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
per year: €4,400 non-EEA / €2,060 EEA
Netherlands - Tilburg, North Brabant
Start date : Aug. 2018
Application deadline Request Info
End date July 24, 2019
Aug. 2018
Netherlands - Tilburg, North Brabant
Application deadline Request Info
End date July 24, 2019