Religious Education (Master)

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The master’s programme in Religious Education at the University of Vienna provides students with the opportunity to focus on one of the following three emphases: Catholic Religious Education, Protestant Religious Education and Orthodox Religious Education. Based on a previous bachelor’s programme in the area of religious education, it aims at preparing students for a career as teachers of religious education, primarily in the education sector.

Master of Education

Degree Programme Code: 066 796

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of the following modules: modules on biblical studies, systematic emphasis on and practice of religious education, depending on the chosen emphasis biblical and historical subjects; philosophical and systematic subjects; as well as advanced modules on religious education, subject-specific didactics, practical theology, ecumenical theology and religious education in practice.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Ecumenical theology
  • Social ethics
  • Adult education
  • Old Testament
  • Creationism

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates are qualified to work as religious education teachers at upper secondary schools, as experts on religious education for church and non-church institutions, in adult education, public relations, media, etc. The master’s programme in Religious Education aims at complementing the academic education in the area of theology by providing a general, didactic and practical education, preparing students for work as teachers of religious education.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).