Master Programme Religious Studies

Degree M.A. (Master of Arts)
Name of Degree Master of Arts in Religious Studies
Type of degree non-consecutive mono master's degree
Standard period of study 4 semester
ECTS 120 ECTS in sum consisting of:
30 ECTS: master thesis and oral exam
48 ECTS: obligational
30 ECTS: choice within preselection
12 ECTS: free choice
Languages used in teaching German, English
Begin winter-term (regularly)
summer-term possible (in that case please contact Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Rötting)
Admission requirements BA or similar degree at an approved national or international University or educational institution
Accreditation of ECTS from other studies: responsible Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Zerfaß
Information Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Rötting

Required contents are:      

  • Foundation in religious and cultural studies
  • Transformations of religious traditions and literatures – historically and above all contemporarily
  • Mediality and normative orders of societies

Individual profiling through optional subjects from the wide range of subjects offered at the University of Salzburg (Sociology, Psychology, History, Jewish Cultural History, Theology, Economics and Business Studies, Law, etc.):

  • Cultural studies    
  • Cultural and religious history
  • Cultural and religious criticism


The study programme features a combination of methods and approaches in the field of religion and normativity by pursuing textual, medial, embodied, performative, economic and aesthetic dimensions. At the centre are current conflicts and transformations of religion and normative orders due to migration, economisation of (the) society, pluralisation and global dynamics.

Qualification profile and competences:      

  • Knowledge about contemporary religious pluralism and normative orders (European forms of Islam, Christianities, spirituality, East-Asian religions, Buddhism in the West from mindfulness to yoga, secularisms such as Quantum Entrainment, alternative healing, economisation and branding of religion, etc.)
  • independent research on religion in various social contexts with suitable methods
  • critical appraisal of media’s portrayal of religion and current trends
  • the skill to moderate multi-religious-secular processes (conflicts, construction projects, intercultural festivals, etc.)
  • an own culture-reflective position.

Start of the study programme

The Master-studies regularly starts with the beginning of the winter-term. Starting with the summer-term can be arragend upon request.

Poster: Religious Studies Master

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