Master of Theology

Are you preparing for a teaching ministry or doctoral studies in Theology? PThU offers a one-year, English-taught Master of Theology programme. Come and enjoy the combination of a climate of academic excellence and the great atmosphere in our home right in the centre of the lively university city of Groningen. With students from all over the world, our accredited programme offers you a truly international and intercultural academic experience. 

The Master of Theology programme consists of two semesters. You will start with interdisciplinary courses, as well as courses dedicated to the specialised track you have chosen. Your second semester is fully dedicated to your specialisation, including  methodology, specialisation courses, literature study and a master thesis.   

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Academic tracks

Do you prefer ethics or intercultural theology? Are you an aspiring biblical scholar or missiologist? As a student within the PThU Theology Master programme, you select one of four academic tracks before starting your studies: 

  1. Ethics of Dignity. Are you interested in the Ethics of Dignity track? You will be specialising in ethics or pastoral care/practical theology. More about Ethics of Dignity.
  2. Thinking God Interculturally. Are you interested in the great theological themes? This track explores the nature of God, salvation in Christ, the presence of the Spirit, and the reality of hope in the light of contemporary challenges Christian communities face. In doing so, it will provide tools to look for contextual discipleship, community-building and for faithful and relevant intercultural encounter and witness. More about Thinking God Interculturally.
  3. Living Texts. How does the biblical text become a living reality for believers in our times? With the support of different exegetical and historical methods you get trained in biblical exegisis and the history of theology, thus becoming a hermeneutical expert. More about Living Texts.
  4. Missional Communities. How do congregations express themselves in today's highly diverse cultural contexts? This track deals with missionary and diaconal practices of the congregational church expression and new emerging distinct Christian practices (like church planting, fresh expressions, emerging churches, urban mission) in hitherto unexpected cultural contexts. More about Missional Communities.

Intercultural theology 

The International Master provides a great entry point into Western theology and culture for students from Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are well equipped to help you build a bridge between your own context and the European Academy. For the same reason, European and other students from the West choose this particular study programme, because it provides an exposure to other expressions of World Christianity and intercultural theology. We love to help you deepen the three-way conversation between your own context and its challenges, Western theology, and the Christian Scriptures and tradition.

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Master of Theology in Groningen: in-depth information

  • Application

    Do you want to study theology with us? You can apply for the academic year 2022-2023 from 1 November.

    Are you a prospective student from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland? Your application deadline is 1 April 2022. Do you come from the European Union, EEA or Switzerland? Your application deadline is 1 May 2022.

  • Admission requirements

    For the Master of Theology, a number of admission requirements apply: 

    • You hold an accredited Bachelor’s degree in Theology or a related field of study of a recognised academic institution. The comparability of your degree will verified by consulting distinctive independent sources.
    • You need to provide us with the results of an English language proficiency test. Exemptions are in place for native speakers of English and inhabitants of countries where English is the only official language.
    • Different academic requirements apply for students wishing to take part in different tracks within the Master of Theology.
  • Living in Groningen

    Where are you going to live while studying at PThU? What does it mean to study abroad? What do you need to arrange in terms of visa, insurance, tuition? Read more about student housing and life in Groningen in general.

  • Academic staff

  • Costs

    Your tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is € 2.168 if you are a citizen of the EU, EEA, Turkey or Surinam. If you are a citizen from any other country, your tuition fee is €3.996. You can choose one of these options for payment:

    • Pay the entire tuition before the start of the academic year
    • Pay the tuition in ten monthly instalments.

    Note that next to your tuition, other costs are involved. As a foreign individual staying in The Netherlands, you should take into account administrative fees, costs of living and various other costs, like health insurance and travel costs. 

  • Scholarships

    Have you already applied for admission to the Master of Theology programme at PThU? Several scholarships are available for students:

    Other scholarships may be available. You can find more information on the website of the Netherlands Organization for International Co-operation in Higher Education (NUFFIC).

  • Exchange programme

    Does your home university have an official exchange agreement with the PThU? Then you can apply for a student exchange period at the Protestant Theological University, location Groningen or Amsterdam. As an exchange student you do not need to pay a tuition fee at the PThU, but you will continue to pay tuition at your home institution. Credits earned at PThU will be recognised at your home institution, after completing your exchange period. Exchange periods can be 2.5 months, a semester or a full academic year.

    Are you interested in an exchange year at the Protestant Theological University in the Netherlands? It is important to know that the university only offers English-taught courses at a master's level. For that reason we only accept applications from master students (or from bachelor students with a sufficient command of Dutch). Exchange students can choose to study in Groningen or Amsterdam during the first semester (September – January) or for a full academic year (only in Groningen).

  • Increase your English writing skills

    Worried about your level of English? The PThU offers all our international students the possibility of following the Academic Writing Course during the first weeks of their master. In this seven week course, you will focus on academic writing and structuring of a thesis. The course is offered by our partner Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

  • COVID-19 and studying at PThU

    PThU adheres to the national corona measures for education. This currently means that in the PThU buildings and in PThU education elsewhere, a face mask is compulsory when you are en route within the building, but that you don't have to keep a distance of 1.5 meters. When you sit, you don't have to wear a face mask.

    We ask our students and staff to perform a self-test twice a week. Self-tests can be picked up on location.

    Are you not vaccinated yet? If you are in the Netherlands, you can easily make a vaccination appointment online.

Facts and figures

  • Academic grade: Master of Arts
  • Duration: 1 year fulltime (60 ECTS)
  • Language: English
  • Start: September
  • Application deadline: 1 April (non-EU) or 1 May (EU / EER / Switzerland)
  • Specialised tracks: Living Texts, Thinking God Interculturally, Ethics of Dignity, Missional Communities
  • CROHO code: 60264 (MA Verdieping)


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