MasterBiblical Exegesis

This English-taught specialisation of the Master’s programme in Theology will focus on textual interpretations of biblical writings. Master’s students will explore key concepts in Biblical texts with respect to their cultural and historical context.

Go to

Something for you?

  • This programme offers a unique combination of cognitive linguistics with literary criticism, making it distinct from other similar programmes.
  • Study the Old and New Testaments by analyzing their languages, cultural frameworks, historical contexts, and relationship.
  • Active discussions and engagement in the classrooms with diverse student-groups.
  • This programme is not just geared towards Europe but also places developments in a global perspective.
  • Low tuition fee
Why in Nijmegen?

Admission requirements

Do you want to know if you can be admitted? Read more about the admission requirements of this programme.

Admission requirements

What will you learn

Students will investigate and discuss the relation between Bible texts and ethics. How do the texts aim to change the behaviour of their readers? These texts are a crucial point of reference for theological reflection and provide direction in contemporary society and church.

Students will learn to read the Old Testament and the New Testament in their original languages and learn to understand these books in their original context. The program offers students the necessary tools to study the biblical texts, focusing on such aspects as grammar, sentence structure, literary devices and plot construction. Since these texts function in distinct cognitive environments, students will familiarise themselves with various ancient Near Eastern and ancient Eastern Mediterranean frameworks of experience and thought.

Curriculum and courses

Future career opportunities

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

The academic research profile provides students with an extensive background in academic research within the field of theology. You are qualified to continue with a doctoral programme at various universities in the European Union or in other parts of the world. Radboud University’s Special Faculty of Theology has some vacancies for junior researchers. You can also make private arrangements with one of the chairs of the faculty or its affiliated organisations to study as an external doctoral candidate.

Students who obtained a Master of Arts degree in Theology at Radboud University are employed in various leadership positions in dioceses, religious congregations, universities and colleges.

The education profile (Dutch) helps Master’s students receive the qualification to teach at secondary level in the Netherlands. With this degree you can teach all years of HAVO and VWO level.

The religion and policy profile (Dutch) prepares students for jobs as policy makers on topics where religion and social issues meet. Students could work for both religious organisations (churches, schools, healthcare institutions) and social institutions (municipalities, businesses) that have to deal with religion.

The spiritual care profile (Dutch) teaches students the necessary skills for a professional within the field of religious care, specifically those for spiritual care. This professional profile has been accredited by the Vereniging van Geestelijk Verzorgers in Zorginstellingen (VGVZ) and by the Stichting Kwaliteitsregister Geestelijke Verzorging (SKGV).

And more

Besides the above-mentioned professions, graduates of the Master’s specialisation in Biblical Exegesis can also choose careers as journalists, museum curators and archivists.

After your studies


The research group Textual Sources of Judaism and Christianity focuses on the foundational texts of Judaism and Christianity, that is the Bible and texts that originated in the Jewish and Christian traditions of the first centuries of our calendar. A distinction is made between the New Testament in relation to the Old Testament.


  • Prof. dr. Ellen van Wolde studies the texts of the Hebrew Bible in the context of the ancient Near East. She specialises in the study of language and concepts of the beginning of the universe, the ideas about God/gods, and how humans with these concepts try to give an orientation to their lives.
  • dr. Matthijs den Dulk specialises in the study of the New Testament and early Christian literature. He is currently working on a number of projects, including a book on ethnic stereotypes in early Christian literature.
  • dr. Seth Bedsoe's research examines the literary and socio-historical character of ancient Jewish and Christian literature, with particular attention to wisdom and narrative traditions.
  • Prof. dr. Jan van der Watt researches in the area of the New Testament, with particular focus on the Johannine literature, the theology and ethics of the New Testament and translation of ancient texts.


Affiliated organisations

The Kaski is a research centre that does research in the field of religion and society. In recent years, reports have been made on, for example, spiritual care in prisons, fund-raising in the churches, parish development and the supporters of the Dutch Bible Society. The main focus of the Kaski is knowledge valorisation and the social impact of research.

The Titus Brandsma Institute (TBI) is a research institute for the study of spirituality and mystic. Research is aimed at the foundations of spirituality and its history. The SPINE project, that focuses on development in the field of spirituality, is one of the partnerships between the faculty and the TBI.

The Institute for Catholic Education (VKO) is an expertise centre for school development. IKO develops and distributes practical knowledge about issues that Catholic elementary schools need to make choices in.

The Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (IVOC) was established in 1991 when significant political changes were taking place in Eastern Europe. The IVOC does research on the actual situation in churches in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Research topics include: developments in ecumenism, dialogue, freedom of religion, nationalism, Islam, secularism and atheism.

The Nijmegen Institute for Mission Studies (NIM) develops, transmits and applies knowledge on ongoing mission practices in relation to (inter-religious) dialogue and (socio-economic) development. Its research projects focus on Non-Western Christianity (outside and inside Europe), Interreligious Dialogue and Mission.

Questions about this programme?

Do you have a question about this programme? We're happy to help. Please contact us, ask a student or check out our information activities.


Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.