Master Programme

Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy

2 Years (Evening) English Seminary Campus


This programme explores the spiritual and religious values in various philosophical and religious traditions. 

The Master of Religious Studies teaches research methodologies and approaches to understanding Asian religions. Historical developments and contexts of religions are explored and their practices and beliefs compared. Christianity, as a religion originally from Asia, is set in dialogue with religions from China, India and Japan, as well as the Islamic faith with a view towards deeper mutual understanding and relating. In the second year, students prepare a dissertation integrating their understanding and knowledge of the field of Religious Studies.

The programme coordinator is Franz Gassner.

During the two years of evening course work, Master of Religious Studies students hold full-time student status.

Student Experience

  • Students study various philosophical, spiritual and religious traditions of Asia, e.g. Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Christianity, and Islam
  • Students discover the relevance of religious traditions in shaping cultures and societies
  • Students demonstrate mastery of independent research topic of their choosing
  • Students share their insights and reflections among an international academic community

Career Opportunities

  • Leadership and community development
  • Education
  • Pastoral ministry
  • Media and journalism
  • Research

Typical Applicants

  • Have an interest in spiritual and religious traditions
  • Are open to the search for meaning and truth
  • Have a strong interest in reading, writing, and systematic presentation

Admissions Information >

Study plan & description of modules

For the programme’s government approval [in Chinese and Portuguese] click here.

Please click on any specific module below to see its description.


Year 1
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
12.00 credits