Master's Programme Islamic-Theological Studies

Faculty Faculty of Teacher Education
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level
Master (2. Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQR/NQR: Level 7 

ISCED-F 0114 Teacher Training with Subject Specialisation
Mode of study
Study Code
UC 066 874
Curriculum Information on the curriculum (2023W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates


* Information on the curriculum (2023W)

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.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant bachelor's degreees 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.

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 master'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).

First Semester »

4.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Qur’anic Exegesis (tafsīr) in the Present Day
4.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Hadith Research in the Present Day
4.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Foundations of Islamic Faith
3.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Islam in Everyday Life
2.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Religions of the World
3.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Interreligious Dialogue from an Islamic Perspective
3.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Science and Philosophy of Science in Islamic Thought
    Interdisciplinary Skills covering 20 ECTS-Credits are to be passed between semester 1 and 3.

Specialisation: Islamic Theology:

Specialisation: Islamic Religious Education:

3.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Classical Texts of Islamic Theology in Discussion 3.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Interreligious Research-Based Religious Education

Second Semester »

4.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Research Methods in Islamic Theology and Religious Education
3.0 ECTS-Credits: VO History of Islam in Europe
3.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Islamic Education in the European Context
4.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Individual Topics of Islamic Ethics
3.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Concepts and Methodological Approaches in Islamic Community Education
Interdisciplinary Skills covering 20 ECTS-Credits are to be passed between semester 1 and 3.

Specialisation: Islamic Theology: Specialisation: Islamic Religious Education:
3.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Contemporary Discourse in Islamic Theology 2.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Interreligious Research-Based Religious Education
  3.5 ECTS-Credits: SE Interreligious Cooperative Didactics of Religion

Third Semester »

 Interdisciplinary Skills covering 20 ECTS-Credits are to be passed between semester 1 and 3.

Specialisation: Islamic Theology: Specialisation: Islamic Religious Education:
4.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Gender Studies and Islam 4.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Current Islamic Approaches to Religious Education and Didactics
4.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Approaches in Liberation and Peace theology in Islam 5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Qur’an in Didactic Fields of Religion
3.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Individual Topics in Islamic Mysticism 5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE The Prophet’s Way of Thinking and Acting in Didactic Fields of Religious Education
4.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Suffering and Theodicy from Perspective of Islamic Spiritual Guidance 3.5 ECTS-Credits: SE Subject Didactics Secondary Level II
4.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Islamic Philosophy of Religion 4.0 ECTS-Credits: PR Teaching Practice Secondary Level II
2.0 ECTS-Credits VU Classical Arabic for Advanced Learners I  
3.0 ECTS-Credits : UE Classical Arabic for Advanced Learners II  

Fourth Semester »

2.5 ECTS-Credits: Conception of the Master’s Thesis 
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

Graphic chart »

Empfohlener Studienverlauf MA Islamisch-Theologische Studien Grafik en

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master’s Programme in Islamic-Theological Studies includes two specialisations, within the scope of which the graduates can either specialise in the field of Islamic Theology or in Islamic Religious Education. Graduates acquire in-depth professional, interdisciplinary, interreligious and communicative competences in the fields of action of society, community and educational institutions. They also expand their knowledge in the field of gender and diversity research.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to identify complex issues in theological or religious education on the basis of in-depth knowledge from theological, religious education and didactic subjects and to work on them independently. They can use their highly specialised knowledge from their studies as well as relevant new research results, sources and literature for professional tasks as well as for their personal development.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The specialisation in Islamic Theology prepares students for professions in mosque congregations and social institutions, but also in the public sphere, which require a full academic-theological education with a focus on Islamic-theological or Islamic spiritual guidance competence.

The specialisation in Islamic Religious Education prepares students for professions in educational institutions and social institutions, but also in the public sphere, which require a full-fledged academic theological education with a focus on Islamic religious education competence. The general foundations of educational science, the subject-specific and pedagogical-practical studies in connection with school practice complement the subject-specific education.

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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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
Outstanding performance

= 100%


Generally good, but with some errors

Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors

Performance meets the minimum criteria

Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

will 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). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
 Dr. Asligül Aysel, BA MA

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Ammann

Information for students with disabilities 

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