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Religion and Cultural Heritage

University of Groningen

Master Postgraduate Groningen

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study General programmes
Course summary How and why do we creatively make use of the past to forge new identities in the present? How do we negotiate the tension between heritage preservation and engaged ownership? What is at stake in the
Course description The track Religion and Cultural Heritage in the MA programme in Theology and Religious Studies is a unique one-year interdisciplinary programme focusing on a major trend at the interface of religion, identity, politics, and material culture: heritage studies. It also addresses a gap in critical heritage studies, studying the shifting place of religion in heritage debates. The programme challenges you to analyse, and to contribute your own voice to these debates.Drawing on the strengths of an international interdisciplinary faculty, and the Centre for Religion and Heritage with its strong ties to local, national, and international heritage institutions and networks, we are looking for students who are passionate about learning how heritage is being used to forge new identities in present.In our programme, we give you the tools to:* undertake work in the heritage sector and in education,* master and apply the latest theories of material and intangible heritage as these intersect with religion,* give voice to religious perspectives in heritage tourism, politics, museums and heritage institutions* pursue heritage as a topic and a method of research within academic disciplines.
Study subjects -
Course objectives -
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes excursion, group discussion, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research proposal, seminar, internship, tutorial, self study
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Information about the institution Students and researchers from all over the world come to Groningen to expand their own boundaries as well as those of academia.


Admission requirements
  1. A grade list of the marks of your bachelor's degree programme with an explanation of the followed courses.
  2. TOEFL: 580 paper/237 computer/92 internet; IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part) (not for native speakers)
  3. Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy, Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology) or Spatial Sciences (specialization Cultural Geography). 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's degree may be admitted via a bridging programme.
  4. A letter of motivation to the admissions committee explaining the choice for this study programme (max. 1 page) is required, just like an overview of your bachelor's programme, a Curriculum Vitae and a writing sample of an academic paper in OAS (Online Application System).
Language requirements
IELTS listening 6
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS reading 6
IELTS writing 6
TOEFL computer based 237
TOEFL internet based 92
TOEFL paper based 580
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 1 May 2019 1 Apr 2019
1 Sep 2020 1 May 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083€ 12500€ 11700

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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Kees van den Ende

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Thea de Boer

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