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Our degree programmes reflect an innovative entanglement of the three areas represented by the three professorships and their specific approaches. Our team ensures a well-grounded, internationally compatible education and we place great emphasis on academically supporting our students.

Bayreuth’s Department for the Study of Religion offers the following degree programmes (conducted in German):

The study of religion as part of the bachelor’s programme Culture & Society

Totaling six semesters, the bachelor’s programme offers the possibility to combine the study of religion with a second, individually chosen subject area. Specific courses that address transdisciplinary research questions seek to bridge the two chosen disciplines. The programme also includes a period reserved for going abroad and/or taking additional courses in one of the subject areas chosen by the student.

More information in German about the study of religion within the bachelor’s programme can be found here.

More information in German about the bachelor’s programme Culture & Society can be found here.

The study of religion as a minor (“Bachelor-Kombinationsfach”)

The 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. The Study of Religion as a minor covers basic topics, theories, and methods with which to academically scrutinize religious traditions in their historical, cultural, and social contexts.

More information in German can be found here.

Africa in the World as a minor (“Bachelor-Kombinationsfach”)

“Africa in the World: History and Religions” can be chosen in combination with one of several other disciplines and is intimately tied to 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 knowledge about processes and backgrounds of current developments, conflicts, and structures in Africa.

More information in German can be found here.

Master’s programme Study of Religion

Totaling four semesters, this master’s programme builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the bachelor’s programme. It represents the innovative entanglement of areas of emphasis covered by our three professorships: Contemporary Religious Cultures, Contemporary Islamic Cultures, and Religion in Africa. Tailored to individual interests, the programme is designed to accommodate academic and future work-related fields as well as the possibility to go abroad.

More information in German can be found here.


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

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

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