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Turning your most deeply held beliefs into academic research

Theology and Religious Studies: Research

On graduating with a Research Master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies, you will be prepared for a doctorate trajectory or a career as researcher, either in the academic world or elsewhere.

You’ll have the skills to do research, write articles and present papers. And you’ll be specialized in the topic of your choice.

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Entering the job market

Many have used the programme to prepare themselves for research intensive jobs in professional fields such as:

  • researcher, policy advisor, and/or (speech) writer for research institutes, media, NGOs, or government at local, regional and national level and the business community;
  • education (at secondary as well as higher professional education level);
  • further specialization in churches, the media, coaching and spiritual care (for instance in health care and penitentiary system).

A gateway to doctorate research

The PhD programme, offered by the Graduate School of the Faculty of Religion and Theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, could be the next logical step in your academic career.

After having completed this programme, many students start a PhD project at our university or elsewhere. Students who wish to pursue their theological or religious studies at a doctorate level are strongly advised to complete this Research Master's programme. If you graduate with consistently outstanding grades (an average of at least 8 out of 10), you will be eligible for acceptance into the doctoral programme at the Faculty’s Graduate School of Religion and Theology.