Islamic Theology (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Islamic Theology at the University of Vienna aims at providing an academic education for theologians, chaplains and religious education teachers working with Islamic communities in Austria. Islamic theology deals with different inner-Islamic schools of thought and movements in their entire plurality and heterogeneity. Its objective is to stimulate an academic discussion of the current global discourse on Islamic theology.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 196

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

In compulsory modules and alternative compulsory modules/groups of compulsory modules, students acquire knowledge of the classical disciplines, such as Quran exegesis (tafsīr), Hadith studies (ʿulūm al-ḥadīṯ), Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), discursive theology (kalām), Islamic mysticism (taṣawwuf), Islamic ethics (aḫlāq) and philosophy (falsafa), history of Islam (tārīḫ al-islām) and Islamic religious education. In addition, they familiarise themselves with the methods of the discipline and gain thorough knowledge of the basic principles of faith, in particular of the Quran, the prophetic biography (sīra) and prophetic tradition (sunna). Alternative compulsory modules provide the opportunity to specialise in selected subject areas.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Hadith studies (ʿulūm al-ḥadīṯ)
  • Discursive theology (kalām)
  • Islamic mysticism (taṣawwuf)
  • Prophetic biography (sīra)
  • Prophetic tradition (sunna)

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Based on the competences acquired during the bachelor’s programme, graduates can make an important contribution to mediating between religion and society. They have a wide range of occupational opportunities, such as in the area of community and social work, chaplaincy, as well as in different cultural and educational institutions.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates