Are you interested in the vibrant world of religions? Do you want to understand why religious images, buildings, and clothes often provoke fierce debates or even violent conflicts? Do you want to be able to contribute to analyses of the interplay between religion and politics in the context of globalisation and migration? Would you like to learn more about the relation between religious texts and practices?
The research Master's programme in Religious Studies is a challenging, research-oriented programme that prepares you for participation in current debates in the international community of scholars of religion and to make your own contributions to the field.
Key research areas
The programme combines an advanced grounding in the central themes and theories of the study of religion, with ample opportunity for specialisation. You can choose and develop your specific expertise in relation to one of the key research areas of our institute such as:
- Materiality of lived religion: This research area focuses on the use of the human body and objects in religious practices. Topics include practices such as praying, dancing, fighting, and fasting, and the function of objects within the context of religion, such as images, buildings, food, clothing, money, weapons, and digital media.
- Religious diversity in contexts of globalisation and migration: This research area focuses on the role of religion in public controversies and political developments. Topics include debates about religion in relation to diverse societies, calls for gender equality, or the study of conflicts
- Religious texts and practices: This research area focuses on the study of religious traditions from the perspective of authoritative texts and religious practices associated with them. Topics include hermeneutics, rituals, and the diverse uses of texts.
In this research Master’s programme, we collaborate closely with our partner programme at the University of Amsterdam. You will take core courses at both universities, and through electives and specialised tutorials you will have the opportunity to choose and develop your specific expertise.
Active involvement in research
As a student of this programme, you will become part of an international community of students, PhD researchers, postdocs, and senior scholars working together at a leading research institute. You will attend small-scale seminars and learn from renowned scholars, who will actively involve you in their own research.
Multidisciplinary programme with emphasis on methodology
This programme has a strong emphasis on transnational approaches and the multidisciplinary use of methodology - you will learn to work with theories and methods from Anthropology, History, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Media Studies.
Integrating different approaches
The Religious Studies programme focuses on Christianity and Islam, but also addresses Jewish and Buddhist traditions, local traditions (e.g. in Africa), and hybrid religious phenomena in contexts of diversity and in popular culture. A salient characteristic of this programme is that it offers you the possibility to systematically integrate approaches from Religious and Islamic Studies.
After successful completion of the programme, you are fully equipped for further advanced research, such a PhD in Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, or cognate disciplines such as Anthropology. Your training also equips you to pursue non-academic career paths requiring advanced research skills.
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- 2 years
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- Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2023-2024: € 2,314
Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2023-2024: € 18,332
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