I certainly feel that the Religious Studies Master’s programme will grant me the relevant knowledge and skill set that will prove beneficial in terms of these future plans.
Aleksi Hamalainen

After completion of the programme, you are fully prepared to compete successfully for PhD positions 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. The multidisciplinary and transnational approach of this Research Master’s programme is especially beneficial here. The skills and expertise you will acquire in this programme are in demand with a wide range of organisations within and outside of Europe, such as NGOs dealing with religious and cultural diversity or cultural heritage, media and publishing houses, museums, and so forth. In combination with a didactic qualification, you will also be qualified for positions in the educational sector.

Academic careers

The Research Master’s programme in Religious Studies is designed for students with the ability and ambition to pursue an academic career. You will learn from internationally leading scholars, including laureates of prestigious awards and research grants. You will actively participate in their research projects and their international networks. This significantly enhances your prospects of being offered a funded PhD position, either at Utrecht University or at another research university.

Non-academic careers

Graduates of Religious Studies work in diverse jobs in which analytical skills and advanced multidisciplinary research competencies, and insights in historical and transnational developments are important.

Concrete examples of possible non-academic employers of alumni of Research Master’s programmes in Religious Studies are governmental and non-governmental organisations dealing with religious and cultural diversity or cultural heritage, news- and media organisations and museums.