Doctorate in Religious Studies

Degree: Dr. phil.
Duration: 6 semester
Total extent: 180 ECTS points comprising
150 ECTS points: thesis and doctoral viva
30 ECTS points: two colloquia, two courses and additional merits such as publications, presentation at a conference
Language: German, English
Start: anytime
Required qualifications: completion of a Master’s degree, diploma programme or secondary school teacher accreditation programme or an equivalent programme at a recognised domestic or international tertiary educational institution
Goal: academically innovative contribution


Current Dissertations

Overview Doctoral Students

Doctoral Student Topic/Title
Lina Aschenbrenner The World Goes Gaga - Shaping a New Israeli Body
Anne-Sophie Balzer Authority and Dominance in Transcultural Yoga.
Sexual Violence in Yoga, Christian Churches and Sports. A Comparison of Structural Factors and Emotional Configurations
Elke Dünisch Besessenheitsdiskurse des 19. Jahrhunderts
Sabine Exner „Homo-Ehe und Regenbogenfamilien“. Neuaushandlungen zwischen religiösen Institutionen, politischen Parteien und Interessensverbänden. Eine vergleichende Diskursanalyse von Schweden, Irland und Deutschland
Bernd Friedrich Transaktionskosten und wohlfahrtsstaatliche Konkurrenz als Determinanten religiöser Vitalität in religiösen Monopolen.
Eine institutionenökonomisch-vergleichende Entgegnung auf den Rational-Choice Ansatz anhand der Beispiele Italien und Schweden
Evelyn Ivanova-Reuter Christlich-muslimische Heiligenverehrung in Südosteuropa am Beispiel Naums
Benedikt Maximilian Löw Bedeutung der Bibel in rechtskonservativen Kreisen
Laura von Ostrowski The Significance of the Yoga Sutra in Modern Postural Yoga
Martina Reiner Gymnasiast*innen und Kirche.
Faktoren des Aneignungs- und Entscheidungsprozesses bei katholischen Jugendlichen. Eine empirische Untersuchung zur religiösen Identitätskonstruktion.
Gislene Rodriguez The path of neoshamanism: Well-being through ritual efficiency of drumming and trance dance
Richard Schmidjell Locations of new religious communities aud their effects on regional planning and integration - presented on the example of the federal state of Salzburg
Graham Wiseman The visual design of religion - information, guidance and persuasion.
Investigating the influence of professional visual design on the identity of religious institutions

Completed Dissertations



    • Sarah Franziska Tran-Huu:
      D Die Faszination alternativer Spiritualität
      Eine religionspsychologische Studie zur Identitätsfindung, Bedürfnisbefriedung und Körperlichkeit im Konversionsprozess zur neureligiösen Gruppe Terra Sagrada
      (PhD Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anne Koch; PhD Co-Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Murken)



    • Andrea Müller:
      Beyond the Senses through the Senses.
      Aesthetic examination of a South Indian ashram
      (PhD Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Frank Heidemann; PhD Co-Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anne Koch)



      • Bettina Brandstetter:
        Homogenization and pluralization.
        The place of kindergarden education in the context of heterogeneous cultures and religions
        (PhD-Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. DDr. Franz Gmainer-Pranzl; PhD Co-Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anne Koch)

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