Theology & Religious Studies (research)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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The Theology & Religious Studies research Master's programme offers you the opportunity to conduct research in any specialization offered and get more in-depth knowledge in these fields.

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
Are you fascinated by research and you enjoy studying? Have you also achieved excellent results for your Bachelor's degree? Then this Master's programme is perfect for you!

At VU University Amsterdam you can choose to specialize in one of the following disciplines:
  • Biblical Studies and Digital Humanities
  • Innovation of Traditions in Early Christianity
  • Bible Translation
  • History of Religious Migration
  • Reformed and Evangelical Theology in Contemporary Society
  • Interreligious Studies
  • Peace, Trauma and Religion
  • Buddhism in Western society
  • Islam in Western society

The specialization you choose will define the content of your personal programme. During the programme, you will enroll in a number of specialized courses in your field and area of interest. You will also pursue research by participating in faculty research projects, or you will explore new approaches to your specialization with a period of studying abroad. After two years of doing a lot of interesting research and gaining new in-depth skills and knowledge by training, you will be ready to enter the PhD programme offered by the Graduate School of Religion and Theology and Religious Studies at VU Amsterdam.

Waarom aan de Amsterdam VU?

  • Your religious convictions are the starting point of a journey in which you learn to critically develop your own worldview in dialogue with others.
  • Interactive programme: students from other countries bring new and different perspectives on life and faith.
  • Amsterdam: one of the most beautiful cities of the world & cultural capital of the Netherlands.


taal van onderwijs100% en
computer exercise, group discussion, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, portfolio, poster presentation, seminar, internship, tutorial, working group, self study
study abroad
Full-time students of the Master's programme Theology and Religious Studies (research) are very much encouraged to study part of their programme abroad. Preparations should be started as early as possible through conversations with the programme director. Students may study abroad in the second semester of the first year, or the first semester of the second year. The Master thesis must be written under the supervision of a VU staff member.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

You need to apply before June 1st in Studielink. The registration has to be completed before August 31.
toelaatbare profielen

aanvullende vakeisen

At least a 7.5 grade average on your Dutch bachelor degree or the equivalent of that on a foreign degree. At least a 8.0 grade average on the one-year Theology and Religious Studies MA degree.



We require a TOEFL score (score 580 paper based, score 237 computer based or score 92 internet based) or an IELTS score of 6.5 overall band score. Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C, or Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C.

Dutch degree
Students holding a Bachelor's degree in Theology or Religious studies from a Dutch University (WO) are eligible for admittance in this Master's programme. Our Admission Board will have to approve your request for admission.

Foreign degree
Students with an international (foreign) bachelor's degree in Theology or Religious Studies will only be admitted when the Admission Board has approved their curriculum as minimally equivalent to the faculties' own programmes

For more information please go to:

reference letter

Please prepare the following documents:

  • Transcript of records (scan of original)
  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Planning and short research proposal

inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


12 studenten volgen deze opleiding
17% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2017
?% daarvan is vrouw
22864 studenten aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
58% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
47168studenten woonachtig   
€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Namju Chae
Student MA Theology & Religious Studies (research)

"Following the Biblical Studies specialisation, I am very satisfied with the academically, student-focused atmosphere. All different religious backgrounds and interests are respected, and students are encouraged to pursue their own tradition. Professors are open to any challenging questions, and help students to achieve their own academic goals. If someone is eager to study, this is the place where you can get the most of out of it."
Johan Smits

"The research master provides the possibility to explore various tools and methodologies for scientific research in theology. What I liked most about it was the opportunity to pursue in-depth study of my subject, nineteenth-century liberal theology, for two years."
Jolien van Braak
"It was a great opportunity to study abroad during my RM at VU Amsterdam at the University of St Andrews, one of the top universities in the UK.

This was a great addition to the Research Master programme, since I gained knowledge and skills on my specific field of interest in theology and the arts. Next to academic profits, I expanded my international network and grew socially and personally. Because it entails so much more than just doing some modules at a university abroad, I recommend studying abroad to all Research Master students."


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1/3 Amsterdam VU
Theology & Religious Studies (research)
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/3 RUG
Theologie & Religiewetenschappen
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
2 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/3 Amsterdam UVA
Religious Studies
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Theology & Religious Studies (research) aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is beoordeeld door 7 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The Theology & Religious Studies (research) masters degree is the gateway to writing a doctoral dissertation at VU Amsterdam. Students who want to pursue their theological studies at a doctorate level are strongly advised to complete this masters programme. If you graduate from this programme 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 University's Graduate School of Religion and Theology.
After having completed this programme, many students start a PhD project at our university and elsewhere. Others have used the programme to specialize in a profound way so as to make themselves better prepared for research intensive jobs in in professional fields such as the media, NGOs, or government at local, regional and national level.

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T: (020) 598 5000
Dr. Katja Tolstaya

Programme Coordinator

Meer informatie?
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