Religious Studies
impart profound expertise about the world´s religions and the various aspects of religious life. It examines these aspects in a comparative analysis, which is taking the members of various religions seriously, but doesn´t  take sides for a truth of a specific religious conviction.

The imparted knowledge about religions is a requirement for inter-religious and inter-cultural acting. This is supplemented with encountering religions on-site, which is part of regularly offered courses. There you can get to know religious communities personally and study them in field.

Religious scientists teach primary the History of Religion as well as Comparative and Application orientated Religious Science. The Degree Programmes focuses the offer of religion-based subjects at the University of Vienna. This spectrum is completed by exchange programmes with institutions for religious studies of various european countries.

Within the scope of the degree programme students get to know political, psychological, sociological, juridical and aesthetic dimensions of the religious life besides the History of Religions.


Religious scientists are qualified for  

  • the sharing of knowledge about religions and intercultural processes in the area of journalism which is concentrating on religions and adult education
  • understanding intercultural processes and active mediation in these, especially in context of caring professions
  • pedagogical and therapeutical work, in clinical pastoral care and in counseling of persons seeking asylum
  • religion- and cultural-specific consulting; for the relevant assistance in development assistance, both in international or national institutions and NGOs