Religious Studies (RMA)

De researchmaster Religious Studies wordt alleen in het Engels gegeven. Hierom worden alle details ook in het Engels geschreven. Voor een visualisatie van het programma scroll je naar beneden.

Religious Studies is a master’s program which is fully English. All the details are described in English. For a visualisation of this program, scroll down below.


The programme has a duration of two years. Each year is divided into two semesters, which run from September to January and from February to June. A semester is divided into two study periods.

First semester: Compulsory courses familiarise you with important theories and methods.
Second semester: Academic specialisation: focusing on your interests you will choose from electives and tutorials.

First semester: The first semester will be devoted to your stay at a university abroad, to a research internship, or to electives/tutorials.
Second semester: Master’s thesis: during two study periods in the second year, you will complete your studies with a thesis. In this text, you will contribute your own independent research to a debate in the field of religious studies. To help prepare your thesis, you will also participate in a Thesis Lab.


  • Lecture
  • Seminar
  • Group work
  • Self-study
  • Research internship (optional)


  • Research papers
  • Written assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Master’s thesis


  • Theory and Method of Religious Studies
  • Doing Research in Religious Studies
  • Contested Religion: Media, Body, Senses
  • The Humanities: Past, Present, Future


  • New Forms of Religiosity
  • Christianity in a Changing Europe
  • Sources of Islam
  • Religion and Gender
  • Islam in Western Europe
  • Religious Fundamentalism
  • Religion in the Public Domain
  • Sharia and Modernity
  • Specialised tutorials (related to the research of staff members)

You can also take selected courses at other departments of Utrecht University (e.g. Cultural Memory or The Fall of Rome and the Rise of Christianity), or at nearby universities in the Netherlands (such as University of Amsterdam or Leiden University).

Visualisatie opbouw master Religious Studies

Visualisation master Religious Studies