In a time in which politicians often appeal to the Christian roots of the western world and fundamentalists of all persuasions are looking to impose their world view, superficial knowledge of the world's religions and cultures can be both misleading and damaging. The Master's programme "Religious Traditions in Europe" is unique in Germany and graduates from the programme have the competence to engage in constructive and critical debate concerning the function and significance of religions in modern European society. Students will learn to consider the dynamics of religious traditions against the backdrop of developments within society as a whole.

The M.A. programme "Religious Traditions in Europe" is run jointly by the university departments Protestant Theology and Catholic Theology. It aims to provide students with a historical and systematic appreciation of past and current religious traditions in Europe, as well as an understanding of the subject that is of practical relevance. The modules cover the religio-historical foundations of Europe, European Christianity, Judaism and Islam in Europe, religious traditions outside of the major monotheistic religions, the relationship between religion, culture and society, and issues in religious theory.

In addition to the major religions, students can also study smaller religious communities and their historical and social significance. In order to be able to place religion within a broader cultural context, students will become acquainted not only with the classical methods of theology, but also with the academic tools used in analysing the subject from the perspective of philosophy, social studies, art theory and aesthetics, and literary studies, as well as learning about approaches informed by cultural and gender studies.

Employment prospects for graduates from the programme can be found in the cultural and education sectors in Germany and abroad, in the media and communication fields, in political organizations or in relevant church departments, in specialized areas of the tourism industry and in journalism.

Course of study Religious Traditions in Europe
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Accreditation Quality assurance system accredited by the Accreditation Council
Can be studied as Single-subject programme or main or subsidiary subject in a dual-subject programme
Possible combinations Subject combinations (in German)
Language of instruction German
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Degree qualification Master of Arts (M.A.)
Start of programme Winter semester (recommended) or summer semester
Admission restriction No
Application deadline 28.02.2018 for summer semester 2018
For applicants without proof of German language proficiency: 15.01.2018
Where to apply Online application portal (in German)
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
Web page Master's programme web page