Study programme Systematic Theology

The Master’s specialisation in Systematic Theology is taught at the Special Faculty of Theology. It has a course load of 180 EC* (three years). All the courses are 10 EC and the Master’s Thesis is 20 EC.

Systematic Theology seminars

Students of the specialisation Systematic Theology are required to take the Systematic Theology seminar in year one and two.

The following themes are studied in these seminars:

  • The relation between revelation, actuality, and authority.
  • Creation and redemption from the perspective of incarnation.
  • The development of the concept of social justice in the social teachings of the church.
  • The impact of cultural diversity on questions of meaning of life.

Discipline seminars

Students have to follow three discipline seminars in the first and second year.

  • Biblical Exegesis*
  • History of Church and Theology
  • Practical Theology

* Students are required to have a basic knowledge of Hebrew and Greek to be admitted to this course.

Systematic Theology courses

Students must choose one of the following courses:

  • Dogmatic theology
    This course offers reflections on the development of Christian doctrine through different historical periods, the diversity of concepts of faith in different cultural contexts and the importance of theology in public life. Students will read primary sources from modern theology.
  • Theological Ethics
    Students will increase their knowledge of the historical development of moral theology and theological ethics, going beyond the well-known views to include the intrinsic dynamics that led to the formation of modern-day theological ethics.

Set electives

In the first year, students must take at least one of the following courses:

  • Philosophy Of Religion
  • Greek & Hebrew *
  • Religious Studies

* Students are required to have a basic knowledge of Hebrew and Greek to be admitted to this course.

Master’s thesis

Your Master's thesis consists of an individual research project, which allows you to investigate a topic of your choice within the field of systematic theology under the close supervision of our expert staff. Systematic theology research includes exploring relevant literature and resources (both sacred texts of Christianity as well as classic and modern criticisms) and analysing empirical data that has already been collected by, for example, practical theologians.

Professional and research specialisation

In the third year of the Master's programme in Theology, you select one trajectory as a professional specialisation. This specialisation will determine the structure of your third year. You can choose from the following specialisations:

More details

Read more about the courses, reading requirements and course schedule in the online prospectus.

Before starting your Master education, you should apply for approval of your Master programme. More information can be found in the online courseguide.

Instruction modes

Curriculum

  • Curriculum year 1

    The first year consists of four seminars (4 × 10 ec), a specialisation course (10 ec), and elective space (10 ec).

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  • Curriculum year 2

    The second year consists of four seminars (4 × 10 ec), and your master's thesis (20 ec).

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  • Curriculum year 3

    In the third year of the Master's programme in Theology, you select one trajectory as a professional specialisation. This specialisation will determine the structure of your third year. You can choose from the following specialisations:

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  • Curriculum year 3

    The academic research year offers the opportunity to prepare for PhD-research or to study abroad. The programme consists of writing an academic article (20 ec) and writing a research proposal (10 ec). You can choose from the seminars of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (PTRS/FFTR) and NOSTER to complement the programme (30 ec). The research topic and programme will be decided on after the exam committee has consulted a supervisor.

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  • Curriculum year 3

    You will take 30 ec of required courses on religion and policy. In addition, you will do an internship (15 ec) and write a theological reflection (5 ec). Finally, you can fill in your free space (10 ec) with relevant courses. 

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  • Curriculum year 3

    In addition to professional internship and supervision, the program includes six courses with overviews that provide the foundations of the discipline, task introductions that clarify understanding in job aspects of the profession, and practica in which skills are practiced and research tasks are performed.

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  • Curriculum year 3

    The educational master of the Radboud Teachers' Academy trains master's graduates for a first grade teaching qualification in secondary education. With a diploma from this master's program you can start working in the upper grades of HAVO and VWO. The program for the school subject religion & philosophy starts in September

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Study abroad

During your Master’s programme, you will have the opportunity to go abroad for your studies, internship and/or thesis. You will learn to look at things from the perspective of a different culture and you will meet new people; it is an experience that will enrich your life. What’s more, it will look great on your CV.

Please see the International Office web page for information about meetings, scholarships, internships and other practical information.

Additional challenge

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