Master's Programme Catholic Religious Education

Curriculum (2021W)

Master of Arts (MA)

Duration/ ECTS-Credits
4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Admission Requirements 
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Catholic Theology

Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7

0114 Teacher Training with Subject Specialisation

Study Code
UC 066 793

The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. A look at the curriculum for the Master Catholic Religious Education gives you a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this Master.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria must be fulfilled for enrolment in the Master Catholic Religious Education, how long the programme lasts, which modules must be completed and much more.

The 2021W curriculum is currently valid for the Master's Programme Catholic Religious Education.

Information on the Curriculum (2021W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • in process

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Anthropology and Ethics
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Bible Theology and Biblical Exegesis
7.5 ECTS-Credits: CM Liturgical Science and Homiletics
2.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Applied Moral Theology
5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Fundamental Theology and Religions of the World
4.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Non-School Education
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills

2.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Theology of the Old Testament
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Theology of the New Testament
5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Patrology and Church History
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Special Topics in Dogmatic Theology
3.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Peace, Justice and the Preservation of Creation
2.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Ecumenical Dialogue Today
2.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Interreligious Research-Based Religious Education
3.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Subject-Didactics Secondary Level I
3.0 ECTS-Credits: PR Practical Training Secondary Level I
3.5 ECTS-Credits: SE Interreligious Cooperative Religious Didactics

2.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Individual Questions in Dogmatic Theology
3.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Interreligious Research-Based Religious Education
3.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Subject-Didactics Secondary Level II
3.5 ECTS-Credits: PR Practical Training Secondary Level II
3.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Advanced Religious Didactics
1.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Places of Pastoral Care
5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Exemplary Advanced Study
5.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Preparation of the Master’s Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills

3.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Profession-Specific Competence Development and Crisis Management
22.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Defense
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills

Studienverlauf MA Katholische Religionspädagogik_EN

ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)
Course Sequence

Extension Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Extension Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Extension Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading scheme Definition %-age
1EXCELLENT: Outstanding performance = 100%
2 GOOD: Generally good, but with some errors
3SATISFACTORY: Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
4SUFFICIENT: Performance meets the minimum criteria
5INSUFFICIENT: Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

to be updated

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).


Defensio dates
Winter semester 2023/2024:
Di, 3 October 2023 (deadline for registration Di, 12 September 2023)
Di, 24 October 2023 (deadline for registration Di, 03 October 2023)
Di, 30 January 2024 (deadline for registration Di, 09 January 2024)

Summer semester 2024:
Di, 5 March 2024 (deadline for registration Di, 13 February 2024)
Di, 19 March 2024 (deadline for registration Di, 27 February 2024)
Di, 25 June 2024 (deadline for registration Di, 04 June 2024)

Winter semester 2024/2025
•    Di, 8. October 2024 (deadline for registration: Di, 17. September 2024)
•    Di, 22. October 2024 (deadline for registration: Di, 1. October 2024)
•    Di, 28. January 2025 (deadline for registration: Di, 7. January 2025)

Summer semester 2025
•    Di, 4. March 2025 (deadline for registration: Di, 11. February 2025)
•    Di, 25. March 2025 (deadline for registration: Di, 4. March 2025)
•    Di, 24. June 2025 (deadline for registration: Di, 3. June 2025)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Location Universitätsstraße 15

Associate Dean of Studies
Mag. Dr. Maria Anna Juen

Dean of Studies
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Liborius Olaf Lumma

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Guidelines for electronic submission and publication of academic theses and Instuctions from the ULB

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