Religious Studies

... looks into questions such as ...

  • How do religious texts originate?
  • Is religion becoming less and less important in the modern age?
  • Which role does religion play in the migration process?
  • Are some religions really more dangerous than others?
  • What is religion actually?
  • To me, it’s been important to study contemporary religious matters and forms – and Religious Studies meets these requirements fully.

    Anna Kira Hippert, Bachelor's degree read more ...

Degree programmes


Religious Studies, Master 1 subject


Degree: Master of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: English

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What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

Bochum’s Center for Religious Studies (CERES) provides an excellent and research-focused infrastructure for the Master’s degree programme, as it is closely affiliated with the numerous related disciplines united therein and integrated into an interdisciplinary research network.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Material history of religion (including six elective religious traditions)
  • Systematic religious studies
  • Religious research
  • Applied religious studies

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,

... have:
a B.A. degree, language competencies in a source language relevant for religious studies (e.g. Hebraic, Korean or Sanskrit), basic understanding of socio-empirical methods
... enjoy:
a research and practice-oriented degree programme, in-depth discourse of religion or of individual religious traditions in the past and/or present, active participation in comprehensive research contexts
... struggle through:
challenging literature, source texts in the original languages, exhausting field research

This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • Religious studies
  • related subjects such as cultural science, history and social studies
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • as political consultants
  • in education and research
  • in libraries, museums and archives
  • in the media and PR industry
  • in the field of development aid

And else?

An internship ...

is recommended. It is done in the 3rd semester.
Duration: 2 months

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 2nd or 3rd semester.
Duration: 1 semester

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Studienberatungskommission Religionswissenschaft
Building, Room: Universitätsstrasse 90 A, Raum 1/106
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Religionswissenschaft
Building, Room: Universitätsstraße 90a, Raum 0.10
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-26490
Website Fachschaft

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