Knowledge of the mystical and esoteric currents in the history of religion in Europe, as well as the impact of Hermetic and Gnostic spirituality, is important for a better understanding of European religious and cultural identities.
This Master's degree programme is unique due to its multidisciplinary nature. It combines philological, religious-comparative and cultural-historical approaches. In addition, we offer the first diachronic overview of esotericism from the very beginnings of our Western Culture in ancient Greece to its latest manifestations in modern multicultural society.
After a solid introduction to ancient philosophical esotericism, and to Hermetic and Gnostic lore, you will: - learn about mystical traditions and the influence of Kabbalistic esotericism in Western culture from Late Antiquity down to the present day - be able to analyse and understand ancient and modern esoteric discourses - study the processes of exchange between East and West that have shaped contemporary religious landscapes - uncover underlying connections between ancient and modern religiosity and ponder the persistence or rebirth of religious conceptions and rituals.
Degree: MA in Theology & Religious Studies
Why in Groningen?
- New vistas to understand complexities of European religion and culture - Function of esotericism, mysticism and gnosticism in the entangled histories of religion, philosophy and science are explored in an interdisciplinary way - Taught by leading experts with a world-class reputation - A highly stimulating learning environment - You can follow your own research interests
As a graduate, you are specialized in the history and current manifestations of rather unknown religious traditions. This makes you one of the few experts in the field. Your profile will suit a number of different positions ranging from cultural management to legal advice. It also enables you to contribute to articles and television programmes. You will have sufficient knowledge of the subject to teach Religious Studies, Philosophy or Social Studies. You could also opt for a career in research.
- Consulting & Policy You are specialized in the history and current manifestations of relatively unknown religious traditions. This makes you one of the few experts in this field. Your profile will suit a number of different positions ranging from cultural management to legal advice.
- Media & Journalism Throughout the West, mystical traditions are being rediscovered, not just as the subject of study but also as a source through which people can find meaning in life. Publishers and broadcasting companies are responding to this new interest. With your academic background you can make an expert contribution to articles, books and television programmes in this area.
- Education Once you have completed this Master's programme, you will have sufficient knowledge of the subject to teach Religious Studies and Philosophy or Social Studies in secondary education. Alternatively, you could opt for a position in higher vocational education. 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.
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.