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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):

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

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.

Bachelor's Programme Interdisciplinary African Studies

Der sechssemestrige Bachelorstudiengang bietet die Möglichkeit, neben einem „großen“ Schwerpunkt in der Soziologie/Politikwissenschaft oder der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Religionswissenschaft als „kleinen“ Schwerpunkt zu wählen. Click here for the current course offerings.

Master’s Programme in African Studies: Critical Perspectives on Society, Politics, Culture

The study programme integrates the social science disciplines of social and cultural anthropology, sociology, political science, history, and religion into one dynamic programme. Alongside the interdisciplinary modules, you can choose the study of religion as focal area.

Master’s Programme in Religion and Global Futures

Studying “Religion and Global Futures” has many advantages: students benefit not only from our high quality teaching and research on global future-oriented research topics, but also from the close interaction between teachers and students. This programme will equip you with specialised knowledge and transferrable skills that are attractive to a wide range of employers in various professional sectors.

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.


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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