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Doctoral Programme of Religious Studies and Sociocultural Discourse

Faculty of Catholic Theology

University degree

Doctor of Philosophy „Dr. phil.“

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Duration of study

6 semesters

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type of study programme


About the study programme

The Doctoral Programme of Religious Studies and Sociocultural Discourse provides an academic qualification in analysing this discourse at an international level. In cooperation with other disciplines from these fields, this study programme drawn from the humanities and cultural studies analyses questions of religion, ethics, ideology and culture in their various manifestations including politics, education and the media and opens them up for debate within the scientific community. Each issue will have its own specific point of reference in the corresponding other discipline. The doctoral programme tackles the complex interrelationships between strands of religious, cultural and ethical discourse from a historical, systematic and/or current perspective. In particular, the doctoral programme sets out to study complex issues of society, culture and politics in their interdependencies with religion, address them in an academic context and present them in light of their relevance to society, culture and politics.


„For me, the biggest benefit of the doctoral programme is its interdisciplinary approach. Like the related master’s, it gives me a perspective on “religion” – an issue that will always be relevant to society – which combines methods and core research areas from all manner of different disciplines, such as film studies and gender research.“


Current admission period

Full details of admissions procedures and current deadlines are available on our main page.


Overview of admissions and deadlines

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