After your studies

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.

After your studies

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.

The academic research profile (English) provides students with an extensive background in academic research within the field of church history. 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 Church History can also choose careers as journalists, museum curators, librarians and archivists.

Possible occupations

  • researcher
  • policy advisor
  • teacher
  • spiritual care
  • journalist
  • museum curator
  • archivist
  • librarian

Radboud Career Service

You can always contact the Radboud Career Service. The Career Service offers students and young alumni guidance and support as they venture into the labour market. Career Service is available for career guidance, job application tips or if you require information about internships and job vacancies.

Keep learning after your Master’s

Do you want to keep pace with the rapid progress in our current society after your studies? Then a post-master might be something for you. The Radboud Academy offers many opportunities for lifelong development.