Master's Programme Islamic Religious Education

As of winter semester 2023/2024 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding bachelor’s programme please consult this page »  

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 (2018W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates


* Information on the curriculum (2018W)

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.

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:

  • 10 ECTS-AP Area: Languages (Arabic and Qur'an Recitation)
  • 15 ECTS-AP Area: Qur'anic Sciences, Exegesis and Didactics of Qur'an
  • 20 ECTS-AP Areas: Islamic Norms and Systematic Islamic Theology
  • 10 ECTS-AP Area: Hadith-Science
  • 5 ECTS-AP Area: Islamic Spirituality and Ethics
  • 5 ECTS-AP History of Islam and the Religious Educaiton
  • 10 ECTS-AP Principles of Educational Sciences
  • 8 ECTS-AP Religious Didactics
  • 8 ECTS-AP Pedagogical School Practice

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 »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Arabic Deepening
3.5 ECTS-Credits: SE Exegesis of the Quran
4.0 ECTS-Credits: SE The Prophetic Tradition
2.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Theology and Science in Islam
5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Islamic doctrines
5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Islam in everyday life
5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Islamic education in the European context
1.5 ECTS-Credits:
VO World Religions II

Second Semester »

2.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Philosophy of Science and Interdisciplinary Learning
3.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Research methods in religious education
5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Qur’an in Religious-Educational Fields of Action
3.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Islamic Mysticism: Special Issues
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Islamic Cultural History in Europe
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Islamic History in Europe – Advanced Study
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Dealing with Plurality from an Islamic Perspective and Effects on Interreligious Aspects
2.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Interreligious Research-Oriented Religious Pedagogy
3.5 ECTS-Credits: SE Cooperative Didactics of Religion II

Third Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE The Prophet’s Mindset and Ways of Acting in Religious-Educational Fields of Action
3.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Socio-Political Conditions for the Emergence of Islamic Theology
4.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Selected Topics of Islamic Social Studies
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Individual topics of Islamic ethics
3.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Interreligious Research-Oriented Religious Pedagogy
3.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Muslim Community Education
3.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Subject Didactics II
4.0 ECTS-Credits: PR Subject-Specific Practical Training Course

Fourth Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Preparation of the Master's Thesis
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

Graphic chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master’s Programme in Islamic Religious Education offers an advanced theological and religious-pedagogical training and qualifies for the areas of education and communities

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master’s Programme in Islamic Religious Education acquire advanced knowledge in subjects of Islamic theology and educational science as well as their methods. They are able to link their competences in the field of education and pastoral care at the interfaces to theology, the humanities and social sciences and to reflect and develop them in the context of the theory-practice relationship.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Master’s Programme in Islamic Religious Education qualifies for the fields of religious education, community work, adult education, work with children and youths, public relations and counselling. It thus prepares for professions within the Islamic congregation, but also in society at large that demand a complete academic training in connection with an education in (religious) educational science.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

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

December 2021

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
Mehmet Hilmi Tuna, BSc MA PhD

Dean of Studies
Univ. Prof. Dr. Martina Kraml

Information for students with disabilities

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