Faculty of TheologyProtestant Theology – Bachelor 50%

A degree in Protestant theology is more than just preparation for the rectory or a teaching degree: Studying theology means discovering people, texts and ideas in the past and the present. Students learn to investigate Christian religions with the help of a unique variety of methods.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and English
Fees and contributions151.05 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Teaching degree optionYes
Part-time optionYes

Course Content

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Protestant theology provides students with a broad, specialised education in all theological areas. Students learn the necessary skills to historico-critically analyse key sources of Christian faith (Old and New Testament) as well as the history of their interpretation and reception. Biblical tradition, ecclesiastical history and theological content are linked with political, social, institutional, cultural, and scientific dimensions of the past and the present. In this context, the critical reflection of the intention of the message within past and present Christian religions plays a key role. At the same time, the degree programme also conveys the methodological and theoretical competencies required to understand non-Christian religions within the framework of potential inter-religious and intercultural problems. Students acquire the skills and knowledge to reflect and present Christian faith and its core topics in context, from a problem-oriented perspective that is relevant to present times, to reflect the relevance of Christian faith for individual and social-moral questions and issues, and to advocate Christian faith in discourse on positions associated with philosophical ethics.  

In order to study the Bachelor’s degree in Protestant theology (major subject), students must submit proof of language knowledge in Latin and Ancient Greek. This requirement can also be fulfilled during the course of study and must be completed by the 6th academic semester.  

The degree programme was designed according to the legal provisions of two-tier teaching degrees and can be taken with or without the Teaching Degree option.

Course Structure

The academic programme commences with an introductory phase (basic studies/preparatory courses), in which students acquire a general overview of the subject and basic understanding of bible study (Old and New Testament).  

The programme is then divided into specialised main areas of Protestant theology:  

  • Old Testament 
  • New Testament 
  • Church and dogma history 
  • Systematic theology (dogmatics, ethics and ecumenical theology) 
  • Religious studies and intercultural theology 

The basic modules convey a comprehensive overview of these areas. The ensuing area of specialisation enables students to specialise in one area according to their own interest. If the Teaching Degree option is selected, students also study religious pedagogy in the context of the specialised didactics module.

The polyvalent Bachelor's degree opens up two qualification options: the academic training can serve as the basis for the Master of Education in the Lehramt Gymnasium profile if the career goal is to become a teacher. At the same time, the polyvalent Bachelor can be the basis for a Master of Arts or Master of Science. This study decision can be made during the Bachelor's degree programme.

Pupils have the opportunity to meet a Theo-Buddy, i.e. to accompany a student for a day and thus gain a direct insight into student everyday life and the content of theological studies. Further information can be found on the website of the Faculty of Theology.

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