Religious Studies
impart profound expertise about the world's religions and the various aspects of religious life. They examine these aspects in a comparative analysis, which takes the members of various religions seriously, but doesn't take sides regarding truth of a specific religious faith.

The communicated knowledge about religions is a requirement for interreligious and intercultural action. This is supplemented with encountering religions on-site, which is part of regularly offered courses. There, students can get to know religious communities personally and study them in field.

Religious scientists teach primarily the History of Religion as well as Comparative and Application-orientated Religious Science. The Degree Programme combines multiple religion-based subject areas 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, in addition to the History of Religions.


Religious scientists are qualified for  

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