Master of Church History

Are you…                                                                                      

  • In the possession of a bachelor's degree and would you like to conduct thorough historical research?
  • A church minister with an interest in the history of your own church tradition?
  • A history teacher wanting to deepen your knowledge of the history of the churches in the Netherlands?

Come to Kampen and take the Master's degree programme Church History. You can choose between Early Church History (A) and Modern Church History (B) and, in this way, become an expert on

A. The role of the minister in the times since the Reformation, or 
B. The schism in the Reformed churches (Liberated) in the Sixties, with a view to restoration.





Study load:

60 ECTS credits




Full-time, part-time

Application before:

1 June

Graduation specialisation of

the Master of Theology (general) programme

Program directors

E.A. de Boer

F. van der Pol

Tuition Fees

Decision tree




Study Programme

The study programme has a value of 60 ECTS credits and is divided into three phases, for the most part consisting of modules of 6 ECTS credits. In the second stage, you make a choice between Early Church History and Modern Church History.

Phase 1. Deepening and widening (30.5 ECTS)

  • General Module: Reformed Hermeneutics (5 ECTS credits)
  • Historiography and Context of the Medieval Church (6 ECTS credits)
  • Church in the Time of Reformation up until the Enlightenment (6 ECTS credits)
  • The Stature of the Church in the Public Field of the 16th and First Half of the 17th Century (6 ECTS credits)
  • Subsidiary (6 ECTS credits)
  • Methodology (1 ECTS credit)
  • Studium Generale activities to the value of 0.5 ECTS credit.

Phase 2. Focus on the area of graduation specialization (12 ECTS credits)

Chosen sub-topic A:

  • Church in the times of the Reformation up until the Enlightenment (6 ECTS credits)
  • The historiography of the Reformed tradition; late 16th up to 18th century (6 ECTS credits)

Chosen sub-topic B:

  •  The long 19th century: the arising of church consciousness (6 ECTS credits)
  • After the First World War: depillarization, ecumenism, presence - the church in society (6 ECTS credits)

Phase 3. Graduation phase (17.5 ECTS credits)

  • Graduation dissertation and presentation

Career prospects                                                                   

The programme has the nature of a general theological in-depth master and is, as such, not directed towards a specific career. In the practice of ecclesiastical and social life, however, there are ample possibilities to take up a profession based on this educational programme. Among others, consideration can be given to a position as researcher on the route to obtaining a doctoral degree. Graduates can, for example, be employed in staff positions at academic (university and higher vocational) educational institutions or secondary schools. Moreover, graduates can find employment in all forms of 'church work' and in building up congregations, missionary activities, equipment work, leadership functions in churches and Christian organisations, journalism, public offices and ethical or spiritual advice organs (in the business world, among others).

Want to know more?

Would you like to know more about the MA Church History? Please contact:

(International students) Drs Jos Colijn -International Officer

(Dutch students) Mrs Elizabeth Blokland - Study Coordinator

"I found the MA Church History to be very informative and challenging. My graduation research was about the Christianisation of the Netherlands, specifically regarding the message brought by Liudger, a missionary of local origin, to Germanic Saxony. The subjects offered in preparation for this were of a great diversity, from archeology and philosophy of history to hermeneutics."

Richard Havinga

"Church History. That means nosing around in archives. Enjoying old texts. Wrestling with difficult manuscripts. But also: Learning that there is nothing new under the sun; that without history, we have no identity."

Albert Groothedde