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Religious Studies (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

Our graduates have pursued successful careers in research and in the public, private and non-profit sectors as editors, journalists, policy advisors, counsellors or teachers of religion or philosophy.

Positions of our graduates include

  • Teacher of Religion and Society at a secondary school
  • PhD candidate at an international university
  • Political Party Officer
  • Consultant at McKinsey
  • Member of Staff at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment
  • Traineeship Municipality The Hague
  • Policy officer at a Christian NGO

Your qualifications

The MA programme in Religious Studies offers excellent preparation for students seeking a profession that requires advanced analytical skills and specialised knowledge of religion and its cultural, geographic and historic context.

Josine Heijnen

Graduated in MA Religious Studies

Josine Heijnen

"I'm a Change Manager at Fujitsu, one of the largest IT companies in the world. Fujitsu's scope is very wide: from supercomputers that can predict a tsunami to research into how digitisation and the ‘Internet or things' can spur healthcare innovation."

Thinking with the client

"I'm on the business side myself: big companies and government agencies outsource everything IT-related to us. I work for a single client, the province of North Holland. We have developed special tablets for them that allow foresters and road inspectors to work from anywhere. As a Change Manager, I am the commercial face to the client. I think about what clients need and what we at Fujitsu can offer."

International experience

"Because Fujitsu is an international company, many departments are internationally structured. That means I have many international colleagues. I had already gained international experience in my master’s. Another aspect that I’m happy about is how I learned to quickly see connections, distinguish between good and bad arguments and delve into something at a deeper level."

Valuable combination

"I chose my MA because I found the subject fascinating and knew that it was taught by great lecturers from whom I could learn a lot. I would make the same choice again: I had a fantastic time! In addition to my studies, I was active in many extra activities, from a student society to freelance journalism. The combination was very valuable: not only did it help me combine practical things with brainwork, but I learned to multitask and keep my cool. The work I do is very versatile and I have to be ready for anything. You have to be stress-proof: also something I learned."

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA in Religious Studies.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 25.0 % Education
  • 25.0 % Research
  • 8.0 % Consulting
  • 8.0 % Culture, sports and recreation
  • 8.0 % Non-profit (e.g. at an idealistic organisation)
  • 8.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 17.0 % Miscellaneous

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 93.0 % found a job within two months
  • 73.0 % found their first job at academic level

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