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Religionswissenschaft / Study of Religions (Master of Arts)

Program: Religionswissenschaft / Study of Religions
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
Start: winter and summer semester

The Master program "Religionswissenschaft / Study of Religions" grants you reflected access to the complexity of religious phenomena in the past and present, in various socio-cultural contexts. The objective of the program is to be able to analyze the role and function of religions for the imprinting of individual living environments, but also collective affiliation and its importance for local and global conflict situations.

Contrary to the assumption of religion's advancing loss of significance, it has been clearly shown that religions are an essential element of societal and political life, including in the present.

Major topics

The Master program in Study of Religions enables specialization in the field of religious cultures of Europe and Asia, and in the field of Islamic cultures.

The diverse facets of religious contemporary culture as well as the history and present of Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism can be possible areas of specialization.

An individualized specialization and the acquisition of necessary language skills are possible as a result of the minor subject selection in correspondingly aligned secondary disciplines such as Islamic studies, Indology/Tibetology or social and cultural studies, as well as study options at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, in Protestant Theology, the social sciences and peace and conflict research.


With the Master's degree, you are qualified to introduce your knowledge of various religious traditions to societal debate and interreligious fields of conflict in a differentiated and mediating manner.

A variety of work is available, such as in libraries and documentation centers, in public museums and exhibition work and in publishing, as well as the fields of politics and culture.

Many graduates work in fields such as journalism, cultural work and work with foreigners, cultural (conflict) consulting and intercultural communication, but are also employed by international institutions and organizations.

With your study focus, stays abroad, internships, etc., you determine the direction of your professional future yourself, beginning during the program.

In addition, the Master program in "Religionswissenschaft / Study of Religions" qualifies students to perform research and teaching at universities and research institutions at home and abroad.

In some states, the subject is also relevant for the teacher training program, insofar as the instructional subjects of religious studies and ethics are provided for in addition to denominational religion instruction.