Catholic Theology (Diploma)

The most important facts at a glance:




Standard period of studies:

9 semesters


winter and summer semester
Language of Instruction: german

Admission restrictions:

open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Please keep in mind that you need a certification of recognition for all foreign certificates. The recognition process takes up to six weeks and the certificate must be included in your application.

Winter semester: June 1 - September 1

Summer semester: December 1 - March 1

If you combine a Two-subject Bachelor whose admission is open with one whose is restricted, the deadlines are:

Winter semester: June 1 - July 15

Summer semester: December 1 - January 15


Faculty 01: Catholic Theology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

Catholic Theology deals with the contents and the manifestations, as well as the history and the tradition, of the Christian faith as it is found in the biblical message and handed down and interpreted by the Church.

The different approaches to the belief in one God, which are documented in the testimonies of Israel and the Christian Church, are examined using a number of different methods in accordance with present-day scientific disciplines (historico-critical method, methods of linguistics, literary, and cultural studies). The fundamentals of faith are studied and re-interpreted from the viewpoint of modern-day religious, philosophical, and social issues. Consideration is also given to the historical involvement of the Church as a community of believers.

Modern theology is an academic discipline that reconsiders the fundamental questions of human existence on the basis of the biblical message and which compares its results to numerous other scientific and academic areas (philosophy, history, philology, German philology, sociology, art, music, biology, physics, etc.).

The study of Catholic Theology is the prerequisite for pastoral training as a church employee (theological degree/diploma). In addition to the parish priest (ordained by the bishop), pastoral workers include pastoral assistants, who work primarily with young people and the community but who also teach religion.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).