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The Master's in Religious Diversity in Europe offers a one-year programme that enables you to explore past and present religious diversities within and beyond their European contexts.

Programme overview

The Religious Diversity in Europe programme consists of a two core courses, one on key debates in Religious Studies and the other on religious diversity in Europe, a broad range of electives that may be combined with an internship, and a Master's thesis. Students are given a great deal of freedom to explore their own interests and can delve deeper into a particular area or take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach by choosing courses offered by other programmes.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Religious Diversity in Europe comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 24 credits for core courses
  • 18 credits for electives and/or an internship
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis.

Core courses

In the first semester of the programme, you will follow two mandatory core courses. The first course focuses on key debates in the present-day academic study of religion, highlighting some of the recent contributions by members of the Religious Studies department in Amsterdam. The second course deals with issues of religious diversity in Europe from a historical and social-scientific perspective. Topics include, but are not limited to, alternative spiritualities, varieties of fundamentalism and the interaction of Jews and Muslims.


You can tailor your programme to your own interests through a broad range of electives in religious studies, as well as courses offered by other Master's programmes. Electives include courses on religion, violence and conflict resolution, psychological perspectives on religious diversity, the multiple ways in which religious communities in the modern world construct the past through rituals, objects and texts, and the power of words, such as incantation, blessing, satire and curse, in Medieval and Modern Europe.


A central component of the programme, the Master’s thesis enables you to write an original work of research under the supervision of one of the staff members. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and their academic supervisor.


You may also opt to do an internship at an organisation or institution, such as a museum or library, of your choice. This allows you to explore a particular field that is of interest to you in practice, especially if you would like to pursue a career in that direction. 

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, visit the UvA Course Catalogue.

UvA Course Catalogue: Religious Diversity in Europe

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in the two-year Research Master's programme Religious Studies. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.

Research Master's Religious Studies