The study of the Master’s program in Religious Studies should enable students to analyze and interpret processes of transfer and transformation of religious ideas and practices in their cultural contexts across time and space.
Against the background of scientific historical reflection, in-depth knowledge of aspects of religious studies, in particular of European cultural history, is acquired, specifically with regard to research topics relevant to social, artistic, philosophical and scientific-historical issues. Cultural traditions and updates of non-European scriptless and script-centered religions should be included comparatively. This enables students to work on historical-anthropological, material-hermeneutic and comparative problems across disciplines. In addition, skills for analyzing gender relations in various social, political, historical, trained in scientific and cultural contexts; Different disciplinary approaches to the construction of gender and the development of gender relations are included.
The students acquire the ability to conduct independent academic research in the field of religious studies. A possible study stay abroad serves to strengthen the integrative and interdisciplinary competence of the students as well as to expand or deepen their profession-oriented foreign language practice (e.g. English, French or Italian).


The Master’s degree in Religious Studies comprises the compulsory and elective areas.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (LP) for each module or each event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

In the compulsory elective area, one or more interdisciplinary modules from a subject that is meaningfully related to religious studies should be chosen to expand subject-specific knowledge and the ability to interdisciplinary, integrative reflection.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the Master in Religious Studies

Compulsory area

module Basics of religious studies research
module Methods of religious and cultural history research
module Transfer of religion and cultural transformation
module Historical-analytical specialization

Elective area

Modules one or more interdisciplinary modules
module Interdisciplinary research and project research


To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in a humanities, cultural or social science subject with at least 30 CP in religious studies or an equivalent other university degree,
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER) and proof of language proficiency in French, Spanish, Italian, Latin or ancient Greek (level A2 GER).


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The degree in Religious Studies prepares students for an academic career and for professional activities in the cultural and educational sectors (e.g. media and communication, cultural and educational institutions)

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