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12 months

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About Religion, Conflict and Globalization at University of Groningen

How are religion, conflict and peace related? How does globalization affect local religious traditions? How do religious and secular actors interact in local and global debates on migration and gender?

Looking around the world today, it is clear that religion playsa role in many of the major conflicts going on at various levels.Furthermore religion plays an important role in people's livesworldwide, and has become one of the major ways people connect witheach other across the globe. However, the role of religion incontemporary societies is still not sufficiently understood inacademic research and in the work of policy-makers, NGO's andjournalists.

This master's track addresses the pivotal place of religionin the dynamics of globalization and conflict that shapepresent-day societies. The programme is interdisciplinary,examining political, social, psychological and culturaldimensions. You will learn to:

  • investigate the consequences of globalization for religion,migration, peace and conflict, and gender
    dynamics
  • examine how secular frames and identities are implicated inconflict involving religion
  • understand the relationship between religion, conflictand peace-building
  • analyse national and international conflicts, and learn howthey are interwoven with religious interests and opinions

You can specialize in either conflict and peacebuilding,migration or gender.

How are religion, conflict and peace related? How does globalization affect local religious traditions? How do religious and secular actors interact in local and global debates on migration and gender?

Looking around the world today, it is clear that religion playsa role in many of the major conflicts going on at various levels.Furthermore religion plays an important role in people's livesworldwide, and has become one of the major ways people connect witheach other across the globe. However, the role of religion incontemporary societies is still not sufficiently understood inacademic research and in the work of policy-makers, NGO's andjournalists.

This master's track addresses the pivotal place of religionin the dynamics of globalization and conflict that shapepresent-day societies. The programme is interdisciplinary,examining political, social, psychological and culturaldimensions. You will learn to:

  • investigate the consequences of globalization for religion,migration, peace and conflict, and gender
    dynamics
  • examine how secular frames and identities are implicated inconflict involving religion
  • understand the relationship between religion, conflictand peace-building
  • analyse national and international conflicts, and learn howthey are interwoven with religious interests and opinions

You can specialize in either conflict and peacebuilding,migration or gender.

After your studies

Job prospects

With your degree, you can advise or write policy documents ondifferent subjects, such as, developmental assistance ormulticultural society. You could work for the government, inbusiness or at an NGO. You may also work in the media or as ateacher of religion in secondary education.

If you want to pursue an academic career, you can follow thistrack as a specialization within the Research Master'sprogramme.

With your degree, you can advise or write policy documents ondifferent subjects, such as, developmental assistance ormulticultural society. You could work for the government, inbusiness or at an NGO. You may also work in the media or as ateacher of religion in secondary education.

If you want to pursue an academic career, you can follow thistrack as a specialization within the Research Master'sprogramme.

Job examples

  • Consulting & Policy

    In a globalizing world, national and international conflicts arefarreaching.There is a need for experts who can explain and helpsolve these conflicts. With your degree, you can advise or writepolicy documents on different subjects, such as developmentalassistance or multicultural society. You could work for thegovernment, in business or at an NGO. More specifically, this couldmean working for the think-tank of a political party, for theNetherlands Institute for Social Research or for the NetherlandsInstitute of International Relations Clingendael.

  • Media & Journalism

    Religion is in the news every day, often in a negative way, fromterrorism to integration issues. With your expertise in the fieldof religion and conflict, you can intensify the debate in societyand, where necessary, add some nuance to the picture. You can putyour knowledge into practice as an editor at a publishing company,a broadcasting company, a newspaper or a current affairsmagazine.

  • Education

    You will have enough knowledge of the subject to teach ReligiousStudies and Philosophy or Social Studies in secondary education.You could also opt for a position in higher vocational education.As you also need didactic skills as a teacher, it is advisable todo a Master's in Education after you have completed your regularMaster's programme.

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Philosophy, Politics and EconomicsVU University Amsterdam

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SociologyVU University Amsterdam

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language test

TOEFL: 580 paper/237 computer/92 internet; IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 oneach part) (not for native speakers)

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts,Philosophy or Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology,Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a readingpackage will be provided. We assume that you are aware of theconcepts and theoretical discussions outlined in thisliterature.

Students with another bachelor's degree can be permitted via abridging programme.

written request

A letter of motivation to the admissions committee explainingthe choice for this study programme (max. 1 page) is required, justlike an overview of your bachelor's programme, a Curriculum Vitaeand a writing sample of an academic paper in OAS (OnlineApplication System).

other admission requirements

Dutch students send all the documentation by mail to onderwijs.ggw@rug.nl, evenif a direct access is applicable.

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grade list

A grade list of the marks of your bachelor's degree programmewith an explanation of the followed courses.

language test

A (English) language test is only important if you do not have aVWO-diploma. Minimum requirements: TOEFL 580 paper/237 computer/92internet or IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part)

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts (e.g.International Organizations, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy),Political Sciences or Social Sciences (e.g. Anthropology,Psychology, Sociology). Depending on your former study and coursesa reading package will be provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in thisliterature.

Students with another bachelor's degree may be admitted via abridging programme.

written request

A letter of motivation to the admissions committee explainingthe choice for this study programme (max. 1 page) is required, justlike an overview of your bachelor programme, a Curriculum Vitae anda writing sample of an academic paper are part of the admissions procedure.

other admission requirements

Dutch students send all the documentation by mail to onderwijs.ggw@rug.nl, evenif a direct access is applicable.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Tuition fees

NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
non-EU/EEA2017-2018€ 11400full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 11500full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time

Talent Grant available for Non-EU students, check this and otherfunding options here: https://www.rug.nl/(...)-scholarships-theors

If you gained your master's degree after 1 September 1991 youhave to pay the University tuition fee II. This is a higher tuitionfee than the statutory tuition fee.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 May 201901 September 2019
non-EU/EEA students01 April 201801 September 2018
01 April 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 May 201901 September 2019

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    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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