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World Religions Master's programme

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The master's programme in World Religions focuses on different forms of religion and religious symbol systems in their relationship to current societies and their challenges. Students are taught basic information on the current large religious systems of the world as well as historical religious systems in their cultural, social and political context. They are also introduced to religious studies topics and methods as well as principles of the sociology of religion. Concrete encounters with religion in different social and cultural settings is a further important aspect of the degree. Students can choose an individual specialisation within their area of expertise by choosing two in-depth modules, thus developing their qualification profile. One elective module focusses on the diverse forms of Islam in the context of modernity from different perspectives. In a second module, students examine encounters and interactions of religions in the past and today. The courses integrate both theoretical and practical approaches. Both types of approach are analysed and reflected upon from a religious studies perspective. In another in-depth module, the different representations of religion(s) in media productions and processes are analysed in their respective context and examined from a religious studies perspective.

Expected results

Graduates of the master's programme in World Religions have the skills they need to examine different religious systems, looking at their principles as well as their historical and contemporary forms. Furthermore, graduates are able to use specialist knowledge to answer concrete questions on these topics. Furthermore, they can analyse the different representations of religion in the media, have a differentiated understanding of Islam in its different contexts and have knowledge of numerous forms of interreligious encounters in the past and today.


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University degree
Master of Arts „MA“
4 semesters / 120 ECTS-CP
(CP = credit points)
Teaching language
Index number
UB 066 800
Faculty of Catholic Theology
type of study programme
Qualification level
Master (2nd study cycle)
Appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent


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