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Ancient Scriptures and Cultures: Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Course Description

In contemporary discourse about religion, the origins and sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam play an important role. Understanding these origins and the traditions associated with them is vital for assessing modern claims.

In this internationally unique Master's degree programme, you will explore the formative stages of the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Central to this programme is a comparative perspective.

You will acquire in-depth knowledge of the separate traditions and communities, and gain deeper understanding of their origins and interaction. Your expertise will enable you to contribute to the contemporary cultural and academic debate about religion.

Degree MA in Theology & Religious Studies

Why in Groningen?

- integral and comparative study of the origins of the three monotheistic religions
- moves beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines and religious traditions
- strong focus on historical context: ancient Near East, Graeco-Roman and late antique cultures
- excellent teaching by leading experts
- stimulating academic environment
- opportunity to pursue your own research interests

Job perspectives

As a graduate you can become an advisor and policymaker on interreligious issues and multicultural society. You may work in cultural organisations and companies in the public sector. In addition, you can work in the media. You can become a teacher of religion or philosophy. If you want to pursue an academic career, you can take the research Master in one year as a stepping-stone.

Job examples

- Consulting & Policy
You are able to provide well-founded advice on interreligious issues and multicultural society. You can use this expertise in an advisory position at cultural organizations, in companies or in the public sector. Your knowledge equips you for policymaking positions in this field.

- Media & Journalism
The current debate often refers to perceived historical realities. Your expertise in the formative periods of Judaism, Christianity and Islam enables you to ask critical questions concerning modern-day claims about these religious traditions. You can use your knowledge and skills as an editor at a publishing company, broadcasting company, newspaper or news and current affairs magazine. You could also work as a freelancer.

- Education
Once you have completed this Master's programme you will have enough knowledge of the subject to become a secondary school teacher in the subject of Religious Studies and Philosophy or Social Studies. You could also opt for a position in higher vocational education, for example teaching Theology at a university of applied sciences. As you also need didactic skills as a teacher, it is advisable to do a Master's in Education after you have completed your regular Master's programme.

Visit the Ancient Scriptures and Cultures: Judaism, Christianity and Islam page on the University of Groningen website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Bachelor degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy or Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a reading package will be provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature. Students with another bachelor degree may be admitted via a bridging programme.

Course Fees

2015/16 EU/EEA: €1951 (Full-time); non-EU/EEA: €11000 (Full-time)

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