Talent Policy

The Faculty of Religion and Theology is very keen to support talented students. We are developing a talent programme which guides students from the very first day in their Bachelors to the Masters and to PhD. Here you can find the information about what we facilitate as well as the relevant links etc.

The Honours Programme is an additional block of academics on top of your own Bachelor’s programme that is designed to broaden and deepen your knowledge. The Honours Programme consists of 30 ECTS that you can earn in addition to the 180 ECTS for the standard Bachelor’s programme, without paying any additional tuition fees.

The Honours Programme consists of two components:

  1. Interdepartmental component
    You will earn 18 ECTS by taking courses at VU Amsterdam, UvA or AUC. The interdepartmental courses are taught mainly in the evening by the finest lecturers from all three universities, as well as by guest lecturers from the Netherlands and abroad. The classes are small and you will be expected to give presentations, write papers and actively participate in discussions.

    A detailed overview of the courses

  2. Departmental component
    You will earn 12 ECTS for this component. The departmental component of the programme will give you more in-depth perspective on your own field of studies. This component is under construction: we are discussing the possibilities for you to take extra courses. In any case, you can write a lengthier Bachelor’s thesis or conduct a research project. The faculty’s honours coordinator can inform you about the faculty programme:

    Dr Katya Tolstaya
    E: e.v.tolstoj@vu.nl

Who can apply?
The Honours Programme is designed for students who have passed all of their first-year Bachelor’s subjects by the end of that year, who have achieved a GPA of at least 7.5 and who have the motivation to take extra subjects in the second and third year of their programme.

If you wish to start with the Honours Programme during your first Bachelor's year, you must have passed all the exams of the 1st and 2nd period, with an average grade of at least 7.5. Then, you may take an Honours course during the 2nd semester of your first year (limited places available).

More information on application.

The Honours Programme also has its own study association, Extensus, and an Honours Student Council (HSC).

Maaike de Reuver, Theology

maaike_de_reuver"The VU Honours Programme offers me a challenging opportunity to intensify my studies. The interdepartmental part of the programme provides me to interact with motivated students from different faculties and different universities, which is very enriching. Especially the UvA course `The Learning Lab` taught me a lot about leadership, pioneering, life opportunities; and most of all about myself. For the departmental part of the programme I am working on a research project for a company located in Geneva. Therefore I have been to Geneva, and at the time of writing, I am joining an international congress in Chicago to do research for this project.Without any doubt: The VU Honours Programme is the best addition to my studies I could have ever had!"

The Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER) is the main platform for research and training in the fields of theology and religious studies in the Netherlands and Flanders. Thirteen research institutes in these fields have joined forces, providing a stimulating environment for about 175 senior researchers, 90 PhD candidates and 25 Research Master's students.

NOSTER’s Mission
NOSTER offers a cutting-edge and challenging curriculum in theology and religious studies for junior researchers (ReMA students and PhD candidates) of the participating institutions in the field of theology and religious studies. The program has three major objectives. In the first place, it serves to familiarise the junior researchers with various forms of research and research methodology in the field of theology and religious studies, offering a wide variety of perspectives from both theology and religious studies, building upon and complementing what their home institutions have on offer. Secondly, the programme aims to provide further training in the skills and techniques of the sub-disciplines of the wider field.

More information
On the website of NOSTER, you can find more information about their curriculum, the registration procedure and other things NOSTER has to offer.

For information about Dutch Research Schools in the Humanities, please visit the LOGOS website.

Each year the Faculty of Religion and Theology awards its most talented students with a prize. Also, VU Amsterdam has the annual StudentTalent and Thesis Prizes for the best Bachelor's and (Research) Master's thesis.

Information, criteria and regulations

Annually, the Faculty of Religion and Theology prepares their talented students for applications within NWO PhD’s in Humanities grant. We offer a one-to-one training and writing programme.

For questions, please contact the faculty's Honours Programme and Research Master's coordinator:

Dr Katya Tolstaya
E: e.v.tolstoj@vu.nl

All the faculty's Research Master's and PhD students are invited to gatherings of the two Faculty Departments and Research Groups. Currently, we are in the process of making our social space available.

If you, as a newcomer to the faculty, would like to get a real feel for VU Amsterdam or wants to have a buddy, please contact the faculty's Honours Programme and Research Master's coordinator:

Dr Katya Tolstaya
E: e.v.tolstoj@vu.nl


For all your questions about the subjects mentioned above, please contact the faculty's Honours Programme and Research Master's coordinator:

Dr Katya Tolstaya
E: e.v.tolstoj@vu.nl