Did you know...

  • that Religious Studies is not a theological discipline, but a non-denominational, cultural studies subject?
  • that Religious Studies can also be studied without basic studies (Bachelor/Master/Doctorate) within the framework of the Bachelor Religious Education (Religious Studies Education)?
  • that condition-free admission to the MA Religious Studies is possible after completing the two extension curricula in any undergraduate program?
  • that almost any undergraduate degree (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate) can be used for admission to the MA Religious Studies?
  • that required courses (usually consisting of the two extension curricula) can be completed not only before the start of the study program but also during the study programme?
  • that you can learn more about the self-image of the subject Religious Studies, the cultural studies discipline on the topic of "religion", here?
  • that EU/EEA/CH citizens do not pay tuition for their B.A./M.A./Ph.D. studies? Non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fees of 749.42 Euro/semester.This includes all degree programmes (B.A./M.A./Ph.D.).


  • An article was published in the newspaper Die Presse on 14 February in which Hüseyin I. Çiçek provides his opinion on the role of Turkish President Erdoğan in the Gaza conflict. The article can be read here.
  • The Austrian Society for Religious Studies (ÖGRW) is organizing a symposium entitled "Religious Studies in Ethics Education - Questions from Theory and Practice" on 15 March. Here you can find further information on the event and the registration.
  • On 17 February, an event on Alexandra David-Neel took place at the Musée Guimet in Paris, at which Samuel Thévoz gave a lecture. The detailed program of the event can be found here.
  • In a new episode of the Skandilös, the podcast of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Vienna, Dirk Schuster talks about "The religion(s) of the Germanic tribes  yesterday and today". The focus of his talk is on the discrepancy between scientific findings and the prevailing public perception. The podcast can be listened to here.
  • The Department of Religious Studies mourns the loss of its long-time Professorial Research Fellow Robert A. Segal (1948–2024). Professor Segal was also Professor and Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen (UK) and one of the world's leading figures in the field of myth studies. He will be dearly missed.
  • Congratulations to Konstantin Aron Moser for successfully completing the M.A. programme in Religious Studies with a thesis on Metamorphosen des Messianismus. Der jüdische Messianismus des Häretikers Moses Hess im Zeichen der sozialistischen Religion [Metamorphoses of Messianism: The Jewish Messianism of the Heretic Moses Hess in the Context of Socialist Religion] under the supervision of PD Dr Julian Strube.
  • On 29 January, the sixth workshop of the Religious Studies Workshop Series on "How to carry out Research with Children" took place in Seminar Room 5. Further information on the content can be found here.
  • We are happy to announce the publication of Religion in Austria, Volume 8. The volume’s ToC can be found here and the publication can be ordered here.
  • Congratulations to Lukas K. Pokorny and Franz Winter for the publication of their special issue on “Euro-American Esoteric Readings of East Asia” in NVMEN: International Review for the History of Religions.
  • Thanks to a generous donation, the Department of Religious Studies was able to receive for its Quellenbibliothek parts of the archive of the Austrian Buddhist Religious Society.
  • In the new QS World University Ranking by Subject 2023, the University of Vienna's Theology and Religious Studies Cluster ranks 28th worldwide.

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