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Study the societal impact of religion and theology

On graduation, you will have the skills you need to become an interfaith leader in our increasingly multi-religious world. You will be able to critically analyse different theological, philosophical and ideological perspectives at the interface of different religions. You will have acquired inter-religious literacy through your participation in various dialogue activities.

You will be qualified to work in any institution that demands inter-religious competencies: schools, hospitals, governmental and non-governmental institutions as well as corporate environments. Religious professionals and leaders will also benefit from this programme.

Roles that will be open to you when you graduate include:
- editor in the field of religious publishing. You could, for example, do an internship in this field and go on to pursue a career in religious publishing;
- a specialist in the field of religion and law, a role that is in demand whenever religious and secular law collide;
- advisor or manager of educational programmes in the field of religion and society. This is a function that is in increasing demand, given today’s widespread ‘religious illiteracy’;
- policy advisor on religion in governmental and NGO contexts, such as when a police force has to come to terms with religious radicalism.

If you finish your first four courses with an 8 or higher on average, you may switch from this Master’s programme to the Research Master; this must be approved by the Examination Board before February 1st for a smooth transition.

When you leave, you will have the skills for crossing interfaith borders and building bridges between religions; skills that many employers are looking for today.

If you want to become a secondary school teacher in the Netherlands, you will be directly eligible for admittance to the (Dutch) Masters, Leraar VHO Mens- en Maatschappijwetenschappen: Godsdienst/Levensbeschouwing.

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Start working

When you’ve finished the Master’s Theology and Religious Studies, you will be a specialist in your chosen discipline, theme, or theological tradition. This will qualify you for a  range of professions, such as:

  • policy advisor on religion in governmental and NGO contexts;
  • editor in the field of religious publishing;
  • specialist in the field of religion and law;
  • advisor or manager of educational programmes in the field of religion and society;
  • theological advisor to institutions with a religious background;
  • Spiritual caregiver (geestelijk verzorger).

Where has the programme Theology & Religious Studies taken us?