Master's Programme Philosophy of Religion

Faculty School of Catholic Theology
Duration / ECTS-Credits semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Master of Philosophy (M.phil.)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0223 Philosophy and Ethics
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code 
UC 066 794
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2022W) *
Language of Instruction English
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2022W)

The complete english 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 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 progress

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).

First Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Foundations of Philosophy of Religion
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Faith and Reason
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module according § 8 Para 2

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Critical Analysis of Worldviews
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Contemporary Philosophy of Religion
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Religion, Culture and Society

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: The Philosophy of Religious Traditions
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module according § 8 Para 2
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Preparation of the Master's Thesis
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis

Fourth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module according to § 8 Para 2
17.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

Graphic Chart »

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Elective Modules § 8 Para2 »

EM 1: Philosophy of the Good Life
EM 2: Religion and Ethics
EM 3: Interdisciplinary Aspects of Philosophy of Religion
EM 4: Individual Choice of Specialisation
EM 5: Interdisciplinary Skills 

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master’s Programme Philosophy of Religion is an in-depth philosophical education that builds on a Bachelor’s Programme in philosophy, theology, religious studies or other relevant studies to address fundamental questions of people related to worldview and religion. It provides the competence to examine the phenomenon of religion in its various aspects at the highest theoretical level from the perspective of the individual philosophical disciplines and in dialogue with other sciences. It enables graduates to relate important religious and philosophical traditions to representative contemporary positions and can thus be the basis for innovative approaches to thinking.

Expected Learning Outcomes

The programme imparts an independent and factually sound ability to judge in the "big questions" of philosophy of religion in history and the present, which takes into account the peculiarity of the rationality of worldviews as well as worldview-related and interreligious dialogue. Graduates acquire the competence to elaborate and present the relevance of theoretical issues both for their own life design and with regard to social responsibility.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master's Programme Philosophy of Religion are qualified for professional activities that require the ability to analyse and solve complex problems. They have acquired key qualifications that are necessary for this: specialised orientation knowledge in an intercultural context, the special ability for critical analysis, for argumentatively comprehensible and scientifically responsible statements, also in the social-cultural and political field. For it is precisely there that competence and sensitivity with regard to religious plurality and interreligious dialogue play an increasingly important role. Graduates can take on higher-level tasks requiring special qualifications in the fields of education, media, publishing and administration.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


As part of the Master’s Programme, a Minor of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

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

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). 

Information about the Programme (in German only) 

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)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Universitätsstraße 15 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Dr. Daniel Wehinger

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

Information for students with disabilities

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