Theology and Religious Studies
The Master’s in Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University allows you to study a broad spectrum of religions and their manifestations. During the programme, you will be taught theories that you will apply immediately to empirical findings in a comparative approach. Important themes throughout the curriculum are modernisation and globalisation and their impacts on religion and its place in society. Our multi-disciplinary approach provides you with a set of academic skills that will enhance your career opportunities.
Choose Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University
• Leiden University is famous for its wide range of specialisms, providing you with an excellent basis for the study of religion from a comparative perspective.
• Courses consist both of theory and applied practice, offering you hands-on experience with all the research skills and tools made available throughout the programme.
• A variety of alternating electives gives you freedom of choice. You can specialise in one of many religious traditions, or opt for a methodological approach.
• Relative small size of our department allows for an informal atmosphere and approachable staff members. You’ll be provided with individual, personalized guidance.
A unique programme
What makes the Master’s in Theology and Religious Studies unique is the wide scope of the programme. The generalist approach towards the study of religion focuses on of skills, tools, methods and theories. Graduates are equipped with everything needed to analyse situations and tackle problems in society at large. Our staff members are specialised in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Antique and New Religious movements;
their expertise is available on site.
Additionally Leiden University houses a wealth of scholars working in area studies, history and the social sciences, fostering conversations and the exchange of ideas. Our generalist toolbox, specialised knowledge and the university’s broader setting offer you a programme that is unlike any other in the Netherlands or beyond.
The master’s degree gives access to opportunities for pursuing a research-oriented career. Graduates often find employment as editors, journalists, policy advisors, counsellors or as teachers of religion or philosophy.
Positions you could hold after your studies
• Teacher of religious studies
• Member of staff at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service
• PhD candidate at an international university
• Party Officer at a political party
• Consultant at McKinsey
If you are interested in a career in teaching, you can apply for the Dutch taught teacher-training MA at the ICLON Graduate School of Education after graduating from the master’s programme. To be admitted, you need to have a degree in both a master’s ánd bachelor’s in this specific discipline or a closely related programme. You have to speak fluent Dutch to follow the course, and there are some additional entry requirements.
Some figures about graduates of Theology and Religious studies
How successful are they in finding a job?
82 % found a job within six months.
77 % found their first job at professional or university level.
81 % held a position at professional or university level when the study was carried out.
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