Religious Studies (Master)

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The interdisciplinary master’s programme in Religious Studies aims at educating religious studies scholars in Austria. It strives to teach techniques and methods in the study of religions, work methods from the area of cultural studies, techniques for the presentation of intercultural problems and an understanding of processes in intercultural processes of mediation. The main contents of the master’s programme are history of religions (including world religions, ethnic, (pre-)historic religions and modern religions), methods and contents in the comparative study of religions, dialogue between cultures, as well as problems and opportunities of intercultural social processes.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 800

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 modules covering the following subject areas: advanced history of religions; comparative and systematic study of religions; sub-disciplines and auxiliary disciplines of religious studies; reading course – literature on study of religions; current research approaches; practical study of religions; elective modules (source language, research, history of religions, systematic, methods in empirical research). In addition, students have to write a master’s thesis and complete the corresponding seminar as well as pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

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

  • Psychology of religion
  • History of religions
  • Systematic
  • Jainism
  • Economics of religion

 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 conduct research in the area of historic and comparative and systematic study of religions independently. They are able to present knowledge of religions and intercultural processes in the area of religious journalism and adult education. In addition, graduates have the necessary competences to understand intercultural processes and act as mediators, especially in social, educational and therapeutic professions, as well as in hospital chaplaincy and counselling for asylum seekers. They can provide religious and cultural counselling in the business sector, politics and culture, and work in subject-specific development cooperation, both for international and national institutions as well as for NGOs.

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).