Religious Studies (Master)

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The master’s programme in Religious Studies provides you with the ability to form judgements in religious areas and to properly apply subject-specific methods. You acquire the basic skills for analysing religious texts and traditions, their history and development as well as their systematic and practical reflection. Furthermore, you develop the ability to guide educational and dialogue processes in social, political, intercultural and interreligious contexts.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 800

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


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:

  • World religions in the past & present
  • Differences & similarities between religions
  • Rituals, doctrines, myths, gender roles
  • Religious ethics
  • Origins & functions of religion

... and many more. 

 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.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 1.6 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.5 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 15 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master's programme in Religious Studies graduation survey (in German).

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).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 73% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,592 gross/month.
  • 8% of graduates work in the education sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Arts and Humanities".