Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (No new enrolments as from the academic year 2015-2016) (Leuven)

Master of Arts

The goal of this programme is to facilitate independent academic research in the domains of theology and religious studies. The specialisation chosen in the initial master's programme is reinforced with a highly specific research curriculum and a research paper demonstrating the student's capacity to continue into the doctoral programme. Students are also offered intensive training in the research procedures employed in the various domains of theology and religious studies, allowing specialisation to go hand in hand with on-going general theological formation.

This is an advanced master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Students entering into the Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion are expected to have:

- the capacity to evaluate the primary themes of the various approaches to theology and religious studies;
- more profound knowledge of the contents and methods of theology and religious studies;
- knowledge of problems and insights of the various distinct theological disciplines;
- insight into the relationship between religious studies and the social context;
- the capacity to independently assimilate the study material and to propose creative solutions to problems raised by theology and religion;
- the capacity to employ theoretical insights in a practical manner in education and in the public forum;
- knowledge of and insight into questions concerning the meaning of human existence;
- the capacity to independently write an academically sound paper on a topic related to theology or religious studies.

Career paths
Degrees in theology and religious studies prepare students for a variety of careers, including secondary and higher education, publishing, the media, academic research and the various domains of pastoral care

KU Leuven organises a Graduate Fair each spring. In addition, faculties also organise information sessions for many of their bridging and graduate programmes.

Click here for the schedule of upcoming information sessions (website mainly in Dutch).

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium) has its roots in a centuries-old tradition and has enjoyed international renown since it was founded by Pope Eugene IV in 1432. The faculty offers comprehensive programmes in theology and religious studies, from bachelor's to master's, and advanced master's to PhD. In addition to its regular civil degrees, the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies has been granted permission by the Congregatio de Institutione Catholica to confer the canonical degrees of Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus, Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatus and Sacrae Theologiae Doctor.

All the faculty's programmes are taught in both Dutch and English and are open to students of every nationality. The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies currently welcomes students from more than eighty countries and from every corner of the globe.

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Ingrid Wouters
tel.+ 32 16 32 38 69
fax + 32 16 32 38 58

Collegium Veteranorum
Sint-Michielsstraat 4, box 3100

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The Theology and Religious Studies curriculum is aimed at the interdisciplinary and scientific study of the Catholic faith tradition in the context of a multicultural and multi-religious society and world. The full curriculum (comprising a Bachelor, a Master, a Master of Advanced Studies programme and a Doctoral programme) aims at promoting academic excellence leading up to an increasing personal academic contribution and to a growing commitment with regard to theology and religion in society. Academic formation intended to prepare men and women to judge and act maturely in matters related to theology and religious studies ought not only to pass on the broad lines of the tradition of research in these domains, but also to develop the capacity to analyse closely the context in which theology and religion are set, and to focus in depth on developments in the various fields of study that contribute thereto. It is for this reason that the teaching programmes offered by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies endeavour to make a contribution to the overall formation and development of the students and to prepare them to engage in independent theological and interdisciplinary reflection on the Catholic faith tradition. At the same time, the programmes also intend to stimulate interest in the mutual relationships between the various Christian churches and between Christianity and the other world religions.
The goal of the MAS is to further develop the independent pursuit of theology and religious studies and engagement in scientific research in one of the disciplines thereof, frequently viewed as preparatory to the preparation and defence of a doctoral dissertation. To this end, students are provided the opportunity to intensify their studies in the area of specialisation chosen in the Master's programme in the specifically research oriented MAS curriculum. The Research Master Thesis is of the greatest importance at this juncture in a student's academic career. In addition, students are exposed to an intensive familiarisation with research characteristic of the other specialisations offered in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. Specialisation thus continues to go hand in hand with well-formed, general formation in theology and religious studies. The capacity to engage in interdisciplinary thought acquired in the Master's programme is further elaborated in the context of a project-based specialisation whereby the student is enabled to develop a research project.

Final attainment levels with respect to the Programme of Master of Arts in Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion as a whole:
1. a general familiarity with theology and religious studies.
2. specialization in a particular discipline with a view to the provision of a constructive contribution to the study of theology.
3. thorough acquaintance with the sources, problems and methods characteristic of one's own major and area of specialization.
4. the ability to apply both the knowledge acquired as well as the methods relevant to one's particular discipline in a manner which contributes to the reflection of the faithful within the Church.
5. insight into the relationship between the study of theological and social-religious issues and the actual social context which is characterized by religious and ethical plurality and a multiplicity of fundamental life options.
6. the capacity to conduct independent theological research, as well as to pass on the acquired attitudes, methods and knowledge.
7. an openness to interdisciplinary inquiries and the ability to contribute and engage in interdisciplinary research from within one's own area of specialization.
8. the capacity to set up a theological project: the formulation of a relevant research issue and the development of a method of argumentation pertaining to the formulated problematic.
9. the capacity to complete a project oriented research thesis.
10. the ability to comprehensively present one's research results.