Christianity and Society

A Master's Program in Theology and Religious Studies

Are you fascinated by religion and by Christianity in particular? Have you ever wondered what the impact of Christianity is on society, or how society influences Christianity? Would you like to study this topic in depth with students from around the world? Then Christianity and Society is the program for you!

Learn how Christianity influences politics, economics, law, and world religions

The Master’s Program Christianity and Society provides students with a deeper insight in the interaction between Christianity and society. You learn to critically reflect on the place of Christianity in the public space and the concomitant tensions that arise in the dialogue with both (post)modern society and world religions. The focus of the Master’s Program is on linking theological and religious sources of the past with current social, economic and political issues. Special attention is given to Catholic Social Thought, which deals with issues such as the relation between religion and state, and the contribution of capitalism to justice and happiness. This offers you a unique opportunity to prepare you for a professional (NGO, government) or academic career. You study the Master Christianity and Society in an international, informal and personal study environment.

Why the Master's program in Christianity and Society in Tilburg?

  • Expert knowledge of highly qualified lecturers, 50 percent of whom are full professors.
  • Multidisciplinary program taught by theologians, sociologists, economists, law specialists and philosophers.
  • Small classes (on average 5-10 students), allowing for individual attention and personal contact with fellow students and teachers.
  • International classroom with students from various countries, religions and academic backgrounds, ensuring a lively and balanced dialogue.
  • The opportunity to follow the extended Master’s Program of one and a half year in total, in which you do an internship at a relevant institution or organization.

During this program you will become adept at:

  • high-level philosophical questioning and debating in the field of Theology and Religious Studies;
  • analyzing and reflecting on current theological and societal issues;
  • understanding and solving problems in multidisciplinary contexts;
  • writing clear academic papers and presenting them to an audience; and
  • working in a self-directed and independent way.

Extended Master

After the one-year program in Christianity and Society, there is the opportunity to extend your master's degree by half a year, to fulfill an internship at a relevant institution or organization. You then choose for the 'Extended Master’s Program'. During your internship you will be well supported by Tilburg University, with supervision and return meetings. This Extended Master offers you the opportunity to gain relevant work experience and to build a network of contacts for the rest of your career.

After graduation

Upon graduation, you will be an expert on the relations between Christianity and society in multiple fields of study.

  • You will be able to use your expertise in advisory or management roles in religious organizations and churches, in government organizations and in NGOs.
  • You will also be able to apply your academic knowledge in the fields of media, politics and economic relations.

Lower tuition fees and all academic disciplines are eligible

  • Students from all academic disciplines or backgrounds can apply for this Master’s program, provided that you have successfully completed your Bachelor's degree at an accredited research university.
  • Students who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree from a research university can apply for a six-month pre-Master’s program taught in English.
  • Christianity and Society has lower tuition fees than other Master’s programs at Tilburg University.
  • Moreover, partial scholarships are available to encourage students from all economic backgrounds to participate in this graduate program.

The Master's program in Christianity and Society in short

StartSecond half of August
DurationOne year full-time, or one and a half year
for the Extended Master's Program.
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DegreeMaster of Arts (MA)
Bachelor's programs with direct access A Dutch Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent
(international) qualification.
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Pre-Master's program Yes, a six-month Pre-Master's program is available to
students with a Bachelor's degree from a university of
applied sciences (or Dutch hbo)
Part-time program Yes, but only to EU students.
The part-time program will take two years
After graduation Senior positions in religious organizations and churches,
in government organizations and NGOs. Advisory roles
in the fields of media, politics and economic relations.
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