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Course Duration / ECTS6 semesters / 180 ECTS
University degree Doktor/in der Philosophie in Religious Studies (Dr. phil.)
Faculty Faculty of Catholic Theology
ModeFull time
Study ID796 110
Admission Requirements In order to be admitted to the doctoral programme in Religious Studies, students must hold a Master’s or diploma degree, or have completed a teacher training programme.

What will I learn?

Doctoral students of Religious Studies acquire specific competences to answer relevant research questions. By conducting autonomous academic research, doctoral students contribute to the further development of religious-scientific and/or theological research.

Which career opportunities do I have?

Science/culture/human resources management, library work and publishing, media work, politics and political advice, environment protection and ethics advice, interreligious dialogue, NGOs, working with migrants, etc.

Why Salzburg?

Located in the centre of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Salzburg offers you an academic locus which meets the global challenges of modern life. With the Fakultätsschwerpunkt “Theologie interkulturell und Studium der Religionen” (Intercultural Theology and Religious Studies) we focus on different cultural and religious contexts and examine the meaning of faith for the modern post-secular society. Our students’ contentment lies close to our faculty’s heart. Small courses, regular individual support and a personal atmosphere contribute to our students’ well-being. 

How is the course structured?

Religious Studies Doctoral Programme
Seminars for doctoral students12 ECTS
Additional courses8 ECTS
Extra academic performances10 ECTS
Dissertation150 ECTS
Total180 ECTS


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Zerfaß

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Zerfaß
Head of the curriculum committee Theology

Universitätsplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg
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