Doctorate in Religious Studies

Degree: Dr. phil.
Duration: 6 semester
Total extent: 180 ECTS points comprising
150 ECTS points: thesis and doctoral viva
30 ECTS points: two colloquia, two courses and additional merits such as publications, presentation at a conference
Language: German, English
Start: anytime
Required qualifications: completion of a Master’s degree, diploma programme or secondary school teacher accreditation programme or an equivalent programme at a recognised domestic or international tertiary educational institution
Goal: academically innovative contribution


Current Dissertations

Overview Doctoral Students

Doctoral Student Topic/Title
Lina Aschenbrenner The World Goes Gaga - Shaping a New Israeli Body
Anne-Sophie Balzer Authority and Dominance in Transcultural Yoga.
Sexual Violence in Yoga, Christian Churches and Sports. A Comparison of Structural Factors and Emotional Configurations
Elke Dünisch Besessenheitsdiskurse des 19. Jahrhunderts
Sabine Exner „Homo-Ehe und Regenbogenfamilien“. Neuaushandlungen zwischen religiösen Institutionen, politischen Parteien und Interessensverbänden. Eine vergleichende Diskursanalyse von Schweden, Irland und Deutschland
Bernd Friedrich Transaktionskosten und wohlfahrtsstaatliche Konkurrenz als Determinanten religiöser Vitalität in religiösen Monopolen.
Eine institutionenökonomisch-vergleichende Entgegnung auf den Rational-Choice Ansatz anhand der Beispiele Italien und Schweden
Evelyn Ivanova-Reuter Christlich-muslimische Heiligenverehrung in Südosteuropa am Beispiel Naums
Benedikt Maximilian Löw Bedeutung der Bibel in rechtskonservativen Kreisen
Laura von Ostrowski The Significance of the Yoga Sutra in Modern Postural Yoga
Martina Reiner Gymnasiast*innen und Kirche.
Faktoren des Aneignungs- und Entscheidungsprozesses bei katholischen Jugendlichen. Eine empirische Untersuchung zur religiösen Identitätskonstruktion.
Gislene Rodriguez The path of neoshamanism: Well-being through ritual efficiency of drumming and trance dance
Sarah Franziska Tran-Huu Die Konversion zu neureligiösen Bewegungen: Identitätsbildung und Motive. Eine religionspsychologische Studie der Terra Sagrada

Completed Dissertations



  • Andrea Müller:
    Beyond the Senses through the Senses.
    Aesthetic examination of a South Indian ashram
    (PhD Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Frank Heidemann; PhD Co-Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anne Koch)



    • Bettina Brandstetter:
      Homogenization and pluralization.
      The place of kindergarden education in the context of heterogeneous cultures and religions
      (PhD-Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. DDr. Franz Gmainer-Pranzl; PhD Co-Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anne Koch)

    • News
      The paper "The disabling effect of social policies on organizational career management" by Astrid Reichel (Professor for Human Resource Management at PLUS) et al. was awarded the Emerald Best International Symposium Award at the 2019 Academy of Management Meeting, which is the largest and most important management conference in the world, with over 10,000 participants.
      Univ.Doz. Dr. Dr.h.c. Jasmine Dum-Tragut received the medal on 31 October at the closing event of her curated exhibition "Far from home - fates of Armenian prisoners of war in the First World War" at the Genocide Museum Institute in Yerevan, Armenia.
      The Salzburg historian, Christina Antenhofer, was recently appointed a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Historical Class).
      From 5 to 22 November, 2019, Südwind, in cooperation with the University of Salzburg, invites experts to the join in the topic of global inequalities and offers a diverse program: 13 events of the series "REDUCE INEQUALITIES think globally - act sustainably" from different perspectives with global issues and their interaction with the local and individual levels.
      Margit Reiter, new professor for European Contemporary History at the Department of History since WS 2019, presents her new book "Die Ehemaligen" in HS 381, GesWi, Rudolfskai 42, on 20 November.
      The exhibition’s VERNISSAGE will take place on Wed., 20 November, 2019, 18:30, in the Raum für Kunst in the KunstQuartier, Bergstr. 12a. EXHIBITION DATES: 21 November, 2019 - 31st January, 2020.
      The FB KoWi cordially invites you to attend a guest lecture on “How News Use is Changing Across the World”. Richard Fletcher - Reuters Institute, University of Oxford.
      The annual interdisciplinary Fachtagung des Wissensnetzwerks Recht, Wirtschaft und Arbeitswelt will take place on Thursday, 21 November, 2019, on the topic, "Work Anytime and Anywhere... Mobile Work and its Consequences" at the Edmundsburg.
      As part of the lecture series, Geschichte im Gespräch, and the lecture "Fundamentals of Medieval History (Christina Antenhofer)", Thorsten Hiltmann (Münster) will give a lecture on 26 November, 2019, at 09: 00h in HS 380 on Medieval Heraldry between Cultural History and New Digital Methods.
      THURSDAY, 21 Nov.: LECTURES (08.30-19:00h) at Wissenschaft & Kunst, Bergstr. 12a, KunstQuartier, Studio 1.OG // FRIDAY, 22 Nov: EXCURSION (08:30-16:00h) Memorial Concentration Camp Ebensee, memorial Mauthausen. Departure: At 08:30, from Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1.
      The Department of Slavonic Studies would like to cordially invite you, together with the cultural center DAS KINO, to the fourth part of our successful cinema series of East and Central European films. The film club "Slawistyka, Slavistika, Cлавистика" presents award-winning current Polish, Russian and Czech films with social and political themes.
      28 to 30, November, 2019 - Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, 5020 Salzburg, Department of Music and Dance Studies, Dance Studio, Room 2.105, 2nd floor.
      On 29 November, 2019, the conference, "Responsibility of Digitized Companies", will take place at the University of Salzburg. The focus is on the ethical and legal implications of the use of artificial intelligence.
      The Department of Linguistics invites all interested parties to participate in the 45th Austrian Linguistic Congress. The event will take place on the 6th and 7th of December, 2019, at the Unipark Nonntal. The registration deadline has been extended until 07.11.2019. See the programme for registration fees.
    • Veranstaltungen
    • 18.11.19 WiWi-Get2gether
      20.11.19 Vortrag im Rahmen der Agorá: „A New World with a Spin: Discourses on the Globe in Early Modern China“
      20.11.19 Die Collage als Schnittstelle disparater Ebenen Teil II
      21.11.19 Massen sterben – landschaftliche, architektonische und materielle Erinnerungen an zwei Weltkriege. Wege des Erinnerns in europäischer Perspektive
      21.11.19 Interdisziplinäre Tagung "Die Arbeit ist immer und überall ... - mobiles Arbeiten und seine Folgen"
      21.11.19 Salzburger Museen und Sammlungen Geschichte vor Ort. Vom Museum des Bürgertums zum Museum in und für die Gesellschaft
      21.11.19 How News Use is Changing Across the World
      22.11.19 Exkursion: Massen sterben – landschaftliche, architektonische und materielle Erinnerungen an zwei Weltkriege. Wege des Erinnerns in europäischer Perspektive
    • Alumni Club
    • PRESS
    • Uni-Shop
    • University of Salzburg's facebook site University of Salzburg's twitter site University of Salzburg's instagram site University of Salzburg's flickr site University of Salzburg's vimeo site