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Religious Studies (MA)

Admission requirements

On this page you will find the admission requirements for this programme.

Diploma requirements

You will need a bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree.

Knowledge, understanding and skills comparable to those acquired upon completion of the bachelor’s programmes in Theology, Religious Studies, World Religions, Islamic Studies, or Islamic Theology from Leiden University, specifically:

  • Knowledge in the field of theology, religious studies and history.
  • Knowledge of the study of Christianity, Islam and/or Judaism.
  • Knowledge of methodologies of either social sciences or history and/or philology.
  • The ability to reflect on current debates and developments regarding religion.
  • The ability to formulate problems and the skill to select the correct methodological approach as well as literature/data to analyse these problems.
  • Students who have a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, Religious Studies or Islamic Studies from Leiden University are always eligible for admission and need to apply through Studielink only.
  • Applicants with an academic Bachelor Degree in Humanities or Social Sciences, who successfully finished the minor ‘Religion in a changing World’, will be admitted. They do however need to submit an online application.
  • Applicants with an academic Bachelor Degree in World Religions or Islamic Theology from Leiden University will be admitted. They do however need to submit an online application

Applicants with a relevant degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) may be eligible for an individual bridging programme. Contact the coordinator of studies for more information.

Language requirements

Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). For a list of exceptions, see the website on language requirements.

For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.

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