The Curriculum

The Curriculum – general

ReD Global is a full-time, presential, two-year master’s programme of, in total 120 ECTS. The programme consists of four semesters. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive a master’s degree from their first and second semester European hosts (Double Degree). In general:

  • You start at the first semester at University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • You move to either the Universidad de Córdoba, Spain or Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, for your second semester (you indicate your preference for a second semester host with your application to ReD Global)
  • For the third semester, you choose to follow a “Research Track” or a “Professional Track”:  students who choose the Research Track follow courses at one of the ReD Global Partner Institutions; students who choose the professional track will do an internship at one of the ReD Global non-Academic Associated Partners (professional organisations)
  • You dedicate most of your fourth and final semester to the writing of your thesis, as well as a PhD proposal or policy paper, based on your choice for the third semester. This may be carried out at the most suitable location, to be determined by you and your supervisors


Please note that all students, regardless of scholarship status, must spend a minimum of two semesters in two countries, which must be different from the country of residence at the time of enrolment. This is a clause applicable to students who live in Spain, Portugal, or the Netherlands at the time of enrolment; please contact the Secretariat if you want to know more about what this means for your programme. 

Complementarity across Semesters

In designing the curriculum, the Partnership has applied a three-levelled approach to maximise synergies and complementarity across semesters.

Semester 1

  1. Focus: Foundational courses theories & methods in the study of religions
  2. Disciplinary perspective: History, Anthropology, Sociology
  3. Period: Antiquity, contemporary

Semester 2

  1. Focus: Foundational courses theories & methods in the Middle Ages, Humanism & early-modern history, incorporating and applying knowledge and skills on study of religions acquired in Semester
  2. Disciplinary perspective: History, Philosophy, Philology
  3. Period: Antiquity, Middle Ages, Early Modern, Contemporary (via Learning Progression Route)

Semester 3

  1. Focus: Religious Diversity & Social Inclusion in multifarious contexts
  2. Disciplinary perspective: Trans-/interdisciplinary: e.g., Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, Anthropology, Economics; each Research Track-Partner Institution defines a profile for 3rd semester offer with a distinctive “local flavour”
  3. Period: Contemporary, building on historical knowledge and skills acquired during 1st year

Semester 4

  1. Focus: Thesis work (in any case co-supervised by 1st and 2nd semester hosts)
  2. Disciplinary perspective: To be defined in consultation with supervisors
  3. Period: Historical + contemporary; students define focus, but in all cases need to link the historical with the contemporary (and vice versa)