Master's Programme Religious Studies


The Master’s Programme in Religious Studies develops the ability to form judgments in areas related to religion as well as the application of subject specific methods. Students acquire advanced skills for the analysis of religious texts and traditions and systematic and practical reflection, along with knowledge of their history and development. Additionally, students learn to guide educational undertakings and dialogue within social, political, intercultural, and interreligious contexts.


Type of study: Master´s degree

Duration: 4 semesters

Scope: 120 ECTS

Degree: Master of Arts (MA)

Code: UA 066 800

Language: German

Prerequisites: Completion of a relevant Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent at a recognised domestic or international university or college. To compensate for significant differences in terms of content, skills or learning outcomes of the degree programme, supplementary examinations can be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the 2nd semester of the degree programme.

Overview of the curriculum (in German)

Long version of the curriculum (in German)

 Structure and content of the programme

The study of religion offers deep knowledge of the world’s religions and insights into the various aspects of religious life. Religious Studies engages with such aspects from a comparative-systematic perspective, taking the self-understanding of followers of different religions seriously, but does not take sides in regard to the truth of one or the other religious conviction.

The conveyed knowledge about religions is a prerequisite for successful interreligious and intercultural endeavours. This is complemented by encounters with local religions, which are made possible during routinely offered courses in which students can get to know religious communities personally and study them in the field.

In the core curriculum, scholars of religion teach history of religions, comparative-systematic, as well as application-oriented modules in Religious Studies. Courses on religion offered by several other disciplines at the University of Vienna can also be chosen as part of the programme. The wide spectrum of available courses is further supplemented by exchange programmes with Religious Studies departments at various other European universities. In addition to the history of religions, students also learn about the political, philosophical, psychological, sociological, legal, and aesthetic dimensions of religious phenomena.

 Career prospects

Religious Studies scholars are qualified:

  • To convey knowledge of religions and intercultural processes in the fields of journalism and adult education
  • For the understanding of intercultural processes and active mediation within them, especially in the context of social professions
  • For educational and therapeutic work, healthcare chaplaincy, and asylum counselling
  • For religion- and culture-focused consulting as well as relevant work in development co-operation, both in domestic and international institutions and NGOs.

Graduates of Religious Studies follow diverse and sometimes surprising career paths beyond the academic milieu. Likewise, an education in Religious Studies might significantly influence individual life plans. Consequently, the department of Religious Studies organises a biannual meeting with graduates to introduce students to different life paths influenced by their degree in Religious Studies, and to inspire them for their own future career development:


QUO VADIS Career prospects for students of Religious Studies

 Further studies

Upon completion of the Master's Programme in Religious Studies, students can gain access to the Doctoral Programme in Religious Studies.