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The Master’s programme in Theology at Radboud University is a comprehensive academic programme in which students can choose a general programme or to specialise in one of the following disciplines: Literary, historical, Systematic or Practical Theology. In the programme, students become adept at analysing the central concepts and practices of faith in order to contribute to the implementation of the tasks of theology in our current world, especially science, church and society. The Master's in Theology offers scholarships and stipends for talented students. Please visit our website for more information.
Students can choose a broad programme focussing on all disciplines, or specialise in one of the following specialisations:
• Biblical Exegesis: the study of the source texts of Judaism and Christianity
• History of Church and Theology: Church History, Historical Theology, Canon Law
• Systematic Theology: Fundamental Theology, Dogmatic Theology, Theological Ethics, Spirituality, Philosophy of Religion, Intercultural Theology
• Practical Theology: Pastoral Theology, Missiology, Liturgical Studies, Feminist Theology
Key courses: In the first two years students will follow seminars on at least three of the four disciplines, giving them a broad theological basis. At the same time students can choose to focus on one of the specialisations. In the third year, all students conduct research in one of the four disciplines. This research may be done outside the Netherlands.
A completed Bachelor's degree in Theology or related area
A proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- A TOEFL score of ≥577 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
- An IELTS score of ≥6.5
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
A proficiency in Hebrew and Greek
In order to take part in the 'Biblical Exegesis' specialization, you need to have a basic knowledge Hebrew and Greek. Students need to be able to show, in the form of successfully completed electives or degrees that they have the required proficiency. In order to take part in the other specializations (Practical Theology, History of Church and Theology, Systematic Theology), knowledge of Hebrew and Greek is not required.
There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website.
Radboud Scholarship Programme
Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,083 in 2019/2020). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.
Orange Tulip Scholarship
Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,083 in 2019/2020). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.
Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.
Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship
Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.
Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.
Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)
Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.
Holland Scholarship Programme
Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.
Dutch Student Finance
EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.