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UC3M - Interuniversity Master's in Science of Religions: History and Society

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Graduate School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

Prof. Jaime Alvar Ezquerra
Online, On-campus


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Humanities: Geography, Contemporary History and Art, International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law, "Julio Caro Baroja" University Institute of Historiography


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    The objective of this Master’s programme is to provide future researchers and professionals in different fields (professors, politicians, administrative staff, diplomats, journalists, cultural managers, social workers, aid workers, etc.) a firm grounding in religious science. 

    The programme will focus on religion as a cultural system and theoretical and methodological device for analysing and understanding the religious phenomenon. Special attention will be paid to fostering a specific sensitivity in order to analyse the individual narratives of each religion. This reflection is associated with the historical development of the religious phenomenon, the basis for the perception of its own transformations, versus the notion of steadfastness of religious constructs.

    Likewise, a further aim is to furnish students with the necessary skills for the management of cultural diversity in multi-faith societies at different levels of the administration (local, autonomous, and state) and the formulation of government policies, especially concerning legislation and educational foundations.

    What is involved, therefore, are two complementary and parallel approaches, the first dedicated to the historical analysis of the religious phenomenon, and the second keyed to providing those faced with the task of regulating or facilitating the peaceful coexistence of communities in a multi-faith society with the most adequate tools.

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    reasons to study master in Religious Sciences: History and Society




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      El Máster Interuniversitario en Ciencias de las Religiones: Historia y Sociedad tiene como objetivo ofrecer un alto grado de formación y competencias de análisis sobre la religión como sistema cultural, sobre su génesis y desarrollo a lo largo de la Historia, y sobre el lugar de la religión y de las distintas religiones en la sociedad actual.

      Para ello, la estructura del plan de estudios consta de una primera parte común y obligatoria compuesta por 4 asignaturas (23 ECTS), una segunda parte o itinerario, en la que los alumnos podrán optar por uno de los dos itinerarios propuestos (25 ECTS), y una tercera parte dedicada al Trabajo de Fin de Máster (12 ECTS).

      Los alumnos podrán optar por uno de los dos itinerarios (de carácter optativo) propuestos:

      • Itinerario 1: Historia de las Religiones. Está compuesto por una primera parte común y obligatoria para los estudiantes que deseen obtener el reconocimiento de haber cursado este itinerario, integrada por cuatro asignaturas.
        Asimismo, el Itinerario 1 incluye cinco asignaturas optativas, de las que el estudiante habrá de cursar un mínimo de tres para completar el Itinerario.
      • Itinerario 2: Gestión de la diversidad religiosa y cultural. Está compuesto por una primera parte común y obligatoria para los estudiantes que deseen obtener el reconocimiento de haber cursado este itinerario, integrada por cuatro asignaturas.
        Asimismo, el Itinerario 2 incluye cinco asignaturas optativas, de las que el estudiante habrá de cursar un mínimo de tres para completar el itinerario.

      Course 1 - Semester 1

      General subjects
      Theories and methods for the study of religions5CSpanish
      Key readings for the Sciences of Religion3CSpanish
      Introduction to the history of religions10CSpanish
      Power, societies and religions5CSpanish

      Course 1 - Semester 2

      ITINERARY I: History of Religions
      Common obligatory part
      History of Polytheism in Graeco-Roman Mediterranean3ESpanish
      History of Judaism3ESpanish
      History of Christianity5ESpanish
      History of Islam5ESpanish
      Choose 3 electives
      Jewish Bible and Christian Bible3ESpanish
      Oriental religions3ESpanish
      African religions3ESpanish
      American religious world and the new religions3ESpanish
      Monotheisms in the XXIst century3ESpanish
      ITINERARY II: Management of religious and cultural diversity
      Common obligatory part
      Management of diversity: systems, methods and techniques4ESpanish
      Management of religious diversity in Spain: patterns and guiding lines4ESpanish
      Administrations, public policies and management of diversity4ESpanish
      Intercultural conflicts and conflicto resolution4ESpanish
      Choose 3 electives
      Religious diversity and local-regional spheres3ESpanish
      Religious diversity and education3ESpanish
      Religious diversity and health sector3ESpanish
      Religious diversity, gender and human rights3ESpanish
      Religious diversity and management of cultural-religious heritage3ESpanish
      Master's Thesis12TFM

      C= Compulsory: 23 ECTS

      E= Elective Course: 25 ECTS

      Master's Thesis: 12 ECTS


      General Information about Master

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      Graduate Profile and Competences


    The teachers' faculty is made up of professors who are doctors and reputed specialists in the field.

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      The request is made electronically through our application. Before starting the admission process it is important to consult the supporting information that we offer below:


      Como norma general, para acceder a las enseñanzas oficiales de Máster será necesario estar en posesión de uno de los siguientes títulos::

      • título universitario oficial español,
      • título universitario expedido por una institución de educación superior perteneciente a otro Estado integrante del Espacio Europeo de Educación Superior (EEES) que faculte en el mismo para el acceso a enseñanzas de Máster.
      • título universitario extranjero conforme a sistemas educativos ajenos al EEES sin necesidad de la homologación de sus títulos, previa comprobación por la universidad de que aquéllos acreditan un nivel de formación equivalente a los correspondientes títulos universitarios oficiales españoles y que facultan en el país expedidor del título para el acceso a enseñanzas de postgrado.

      El acceso por esta última vía no implicará, en ningún caso, la homologación del título previo de la persona interesada, ni su reconocimiento a otros efectos que el de cursar las enseñanzas de Máster.


      Admission criteria

      Los criterios de admisión se valorarán de acuerdo a la siguiente baremación:

      Licenciaturas o grados afines 40%
      Metas profesionales 40%
      Nota media del expediente académico 10%
      Conocimiento de idiomas 10%

      En caso de existir mayor demanda de plazas que las ofertadas, se podrán realizar entrevistas personales con los candidatos, siempre teniendo en cuenta primero a aquellos que tengan mejor expediente. En las entrevistas se valorará la idoneidad de los estudios realizados, el interés manifestado por el candidato y su experiencia previa.


      El Máster está dirigido a licenciados, graduados y diplomados de cualquier rama de conocimiento; tendrán prioridad los diplomados, graduados o licenciados en Humanidades, Historia, Derecho, Ciencias Políticas, Filosofía, Filología, Sociología, Antropología, Historia del Arte o Trabajo Social.

      Language requirements

      You can check the language requirements of the generic language required to study for a Master at UC3M, depending on whether it is in Spanish, English or bilingual.

      Foreign students

      Once admitted to the Master, foreign students with university degree issued by a higher education institution belonging to an educational system outside the EEES, must present, for enrollment, the diploma attesting equivalent training that allows access to postgraduate studies, legalized by diplomatic procedures, or “The Hague Convention Apostille”. More information about Legalization of Documents.

      If needed, documents must be accompanied by an official sworn translation into Spanish.


      Program Price

      Course 2017-2018

      • Place Reservation: 450€ (It will be paid once the student receives notification of admission to the master, and deducted from the first tuition payment)

      60 ECTS in the first academic year:

      • EU students and exceptionalities**: 820,80€ (13,68€/ECTS)
      • Non EU students: 4.170,60€ (69,51€/ECTS)

        * The fees of this Master are fixed by the Coordinating University (U. Pablo Olavide of Sevilla).

        ◢ Decree 117/2017 (BOJA)

        ** Non EU countries with educational cooperation agreements in Andalusia to which the EU student rate applies: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico. , Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Morocco and Equatorial Guinea

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      Additional information

      • You can register on the Master’s degree program when you have finished the application admission process and you have received your acceptance.
      • When performing the enrollment you can choose between Full-time enrollment or Part-time enrollment.
      • The email address which the University provides to the student upon enrollment will be used principally for communications with said student. For this reason, it is essential that it be actualized and periodically consulted.
      • Failure to make payment shall result in non-admission or termination of enrollment according to that established by the University. In case of annulment of registration because of failure to make payment, Universities can demand payment for previous enrollment in earlier academic years as a previous condition for enrollment.
        Universities shall not issue a diploma or certificate when a student has payments of any kind pending.

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    Academic Calendar

    Academic Calendar 2017/18

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    Program course schedule

    Schedule for Academic Year 2017-2018

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