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MA Thesis Religious studies



All masterstudents write a master thesis of 20 ec. This thesis amounts to min. 18.000 – max. 20.000 words. The master thesis is written in English, unless the supervisor and the examination board approve of the use of another language (which may include Dutch). In all languages, correct use of grammar and style is expected from the student.

Students must fill out a form to request the Board of Examiners to appoint a supervisor. Students should be aware that the decision regarding the topic and the supervisor of the thesis is taken by the Board of Examiners and that they may be asked to change the subject of their topic or supervisor.

A thesis seminar for master students is coupled to the writing of the Master Thesis. The thesis seminar consists of four sessions (one in the first semester; three in the second semester). In these sessions we discuss how to come up with a good research question, how to structure the work process, and how to organise the argument. The thesis seminar is led by Markus Altena Davidsen. The thesis seminar has the status of a ‘practical exercise’ for the master thesis. This means that only students who have been active and constructive participants in the thesis seminar are eligible to hand in a thesis.


Assessment criteria master thesis

Regulations concerning the procedure surrounding the master’s thesis

Requests and application procedures

Course Load

Total course load 20 EC x 28 hours= 560 hours


For the MA Thesis no registration in uSis is required.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).