Religious Studies (Dr. phil.)

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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.

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What makes Salzburg so special as a place to study?
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. 

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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.

Course Duration / ECTS: 6 semesters / 180 ECTS
University degree:
Doktor/in der Philosophie in Religious Studies (Dr. phil.)
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.
Dates and Deadlines: 
– The dates and deadlines change every semester.
– The current deadlines and dates can be found here.
Information on the department:
Religious Studies
Departmental student representatives:

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