What will I learn?

How have Christians through the ages given meaning and expression to their ideas and expectations? How have they explained the meaning of Jesus Christ’s life both within their own communities and to outsiders? Students of the Master’s specialisation in Church History are trained to investigate historical developments with a critical and analytical eye.

What will you learn?

In this specialisation, you study the historical developments of Christian traditions and discipline, so as to understand Christian belief in contemporary society better.

History is not a fixed entity. Re-examining long-existing sources could lead to new insights on the course of events. Students are made to understand what we now consider an axiom was not always so and students are given the tools to discover axioms of the past so they can better understand sources of the past. Students will learn to make sound and historical analyses by taking familiar sources but asking new questions, by finding and analysing long forgotten sources and by re-examining sources but taking into account the cultural context of the time it was produced. Their analyses could give new light on historical events that in turn could give us new insights on current societal and cultural issues

Radboud University’s Master’s specialisation in History of Church and Theology is unique in that it combines the study of the history of Christianity with the study of the juridical system of the Roman Catholic Church. Students will learn how to interpret historical sources of all ages, by analysing them with knowledge of the culture and values of the era in which they were produced.

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in History of Church and Theology

In a globalising world, more and more institutions require skills in theological communication and hermeneutics. Church historians have in-depth knowledge of Canon Law and the history of Christian beliefs and doctrines. They can analyse historical developments and are able distinguish when people use historic events to suit their purpose and contradict them when necessary. In addition, the programme teaches you how to think independently and critically about the way Church History and Canon Law can give meaning to contemporary issues.

Job positions

The Master’s programme in Theology strongly enhances career prospects by allowing students to focus on one professional path in their third year: research, education, spiritual care or religion and policy.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€12,500.00 (US$ 15,211) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2021, September 2021

Venue

Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,

NIJMEGEN,

Gelderland,

6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

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.

For international students

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 ≥575 (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

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About this uni

Radboud is the best traditional, general university in the Netherlands, according to Keuzegids Universiteiten 2020.

  • 24th in the THE European Teaching Ranking 2019
  • Based in a lively student city + central hub in Europe
  • Among top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Nobel prize winner in physics (2010)