Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Masterstudiengang Religious Studies

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Art des Studiums

weiterführend (1/2-Fach MA, englischsprachig)  
Regelstudienzeit 4 Semester  


Winter- und Sommersemester  


Research Department CERES

Besondere Voraussetzungen

B.A.-Abschluss in Religionswissenschaft, Kenntnisse in min. einer Quellensprache, gute Englischkenntnisse
Zulassung Individuelle Bewerbung und anschließende Zulassung durch eine Admission Board notwendig

Anteile im Studium   



The MA program in Bochum is unique compared to other programs by its integration of two distinct scientific branches in the study of religions: On the one hand, graduate students are equipped with theoretical and methodological expertise from a wide range of social and cultural sciences. This blend of approaches helps them explore religions in their social and cultural environments. On the other hand, students are trained in philological and historical research, enabling them to read and reflect upon historical sources.

Researchers in Bochum explore the history of religion from early times until modernity, with a regional focus on Europe and Asia, including the Americas in modern times. Please consult the lists of courses and instructors for more information on which religious traditions, regions, and topics are covered. If you are uncertain whether the desired area of interest is covered in Bochum or not, please feel free to ask our dean of students Dr Jens Schlamelcher.

Each MA student has the opportunity to acquire unique expertise and research skills in different ways. Our students enjoy great freedom in terms of the regions, time periods, and traditions they wish to focus on. Depending on this, students will need to enhance their language skills as well as their methodological and theoretical training. Note that it is important to have some previous knowledge in these areas before you start your program in Bochum. 


  • Geographische Schwerpunkte: Asien, Europa, Nordamerika    
  • Historische und zeitgenössische Religionsforschung
  • Religionswissenschaftliche Theorie und Methodologie
  • Sozialempirische und philologische Zugänge zu Religion
  • Ausbildung eines individuellen Arbeitsschwerpunktes  
Masterstudiengang Religious Studies