M.A. Religious Studies (Field of study: Comparative Religious Studies)

  • On Campus
  • 224 months
  • Free (EEA)
  • German
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main | Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The world of religions is both local and trans-national and has an extremely varied history. Religions influence cultures, identities and lifestyles and often have a say in politics. Religious Studies is a key way of exploring such correlations. It is a discipline that takes an inter-cultural approach to understand the religious phenomena in history and today in a methodologically precise and coherent way. The programme aims to understand general historical and cultural correlations and approaches that enable us to perceive the idiosyncratic nature of religious phenomena. The focus in Frankfurt is on the various methods of empirical cultural studies as well as on working with a hermeneutic approach to religious phenomenology that explores subjective, internal perspectives of religion.

Description of Religious Studies (Field of study: Comparative Religious Studies)

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The world of religions is both local and trans-national and has an extremely varied history. Religions influence cultures, identities and lifestyles and often have a say in politics. Religious Studies is a key way of exploring such correlations. It is a discipline that takes an inter-cultural approach to understand the religious phenomena in history and today in a methodologically precise and coherent way. The programme aims to understand general historical and cultural correlations and approaches that enable us to perceive the idiosyncratic nature of religious phenomena. The focus in Frankfurt is on the various methods of empirical cultural studies as well as on working with a hermeneutic approach to religious phenomenology that explores subjective, internal perspectives of religion.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 15 August for the winter semester.
Tuition fee
  • Free (EEA)

The current enrolment fee is 306 per semester and includes public transportation.

Start date October  2015
Duration full-time 224 months
Languages
  • German
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The world of religions is both local and trans-national and has an extremely varied history. Religions influence cultures, identities and lifestyles and often have a say in politics. Religious Studies is a key way of exploring such correlations. It is a discipline that takes an inter-cultural approach to understand the religious phenomena in history and today in a methodologically precise and coherent way. The programme aims to understand general historical and cultural correlations and approaches that enable us to perceive the idiosyncratic nature of religious phenomena. The focus in Frankfurt is on the various methods of empirical cultural studies as well as on working with a hermeneutic approach to religious phenomenology that explores subjective, internal perspectives of religion.

Requirements for Religious Studies (Field of study: Comparative Religious Studies)

  • Admission requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies or related subject, or an equivalent degree
  • Possible special requirements set by the examination office (60 CPs from Bachelor’s degree)
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skillsaccording to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.
Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible even if the student has not yet finished the Bachelor’s degree, under the condition that a transcript of records or equivalent document is submitted.
Additionally applicants have to provide a proof of enrollment in Bachelor's programme and a detailed certificate about the status and the expected completion of the bachelor's programme.

Work Experience for Religious Studies (Field of study: Comparative Religious Studies)

No work experience is required.

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Goethe University Frankfurt, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programmes, a diverse group of research institutes, and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The university is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Frankfurt-born polymath renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy.
Founded in 1914 with private funding and inspired by the legacy of the European Enlightenment, Goethe University stands out as a pioneering “citizens’ university”—and the history of the university is one of openness and public participation.
Today, Goethe University is one of the only universities in Germany that enjoys significant public funding alongside administrative autonomy and the ability to create a private endowment.
As a university with an endowment, a funding model rare in Germany’s system of higher education, GU enjoys considerable freedom from state control when it comes to the details of how a modern university should be run, including the appointing of professors. The endowment that is being built up will be invested specifically in promoting an excellent atmosphere in which to research, study, think, and create.

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