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Degree Programmes

Our degree programmes reflect an innovative entanglement of the areas represented by the four professorships and their specific approaches. Our team ensures a well-grounded, internationally compatible education with a significant emphasis on student support.

We offer the following degree programmes (conducted in German):

Study of religion as part of Culture & Society Bachelor's Programme

Totalling six semesters, the bachelor’s programme offers the possibility to combine the Study of Religion with a second, subject area of your interest. The two chosen disciplines are bridged with specific courses that address transdisciplinary research questions. The programme also includes the opportunity of participating in exchange programmes to study abroad for one or two semesters.

More information in German about Culture & Society Bachelor's Programme can be found here.

Master’s Programme in the Study of Religion

This four-semester master’s programme is designed to deepen the knowledge and skills gained in the bachelor’s programme. It represents an innovative entanglement of the research areas covered by our four professorships: Contemporary Religious Cultures, Contemporary Islamic Cultures, Global Entanglements and Religion in Africa. Tailored to individual interests, the programme offers the possibility to study abroad and serves as a solid foundation for both academic and non-academic careers.

Minor in the Study of Religion (“Bachelor-Kombinationsfach”)

Study of Religion can also be selected as a minor (“Kombinationsfach”/“Nebenfach”) within the scope of a bachelor’s programme at the University of Bayreuth. This secondary focus of study covers basic themes, theories, and methods for academic examination of religious traditions in their historical, cultural, and social contexts.

Minor in Africa in the World (“Bachelor-Kombinationsfach”)

“Africa in the World: History and Religions” can be chosen in combination with another discipline and is affiliated with the professorship for the Study of Religion with Focus on Africa. The programme consists of three parts - Religions in Africa, Islam in Africa, and History of Africa - and engages with processes and conditions of current developments, conflicts, and structures in Africa.


If you have questions concerning doctoral supervision, please contact one of the following professors:

The Bayreuth Graduate School and the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) offer information in English on completing a doctorate at the University of Bayreuth.

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