Center for Islamic Theology

Islamic Theology in the European Context (Master of Arts)

1. Study Contents

The Master's programme "Islamic Theology in the European Context" provides students with a profound knowledge of historical and current Islamic theological issues that are important for Islamic, Christian and Jewish scholars and theologians.

The programme ensures a level of qualification, which corresponds to the level of education of other (Jewish and Christian) theologians and allows inter-religious dialogue at eye level. In addition, students learn how to analyze Islamic theology in its historical and contemporary significance in European societies.

Graduates are able to understand Islamic theological issues in their social life and to actively participate in an Islam that corresponds to the German and European context.


After completing the Master's programme students can work conscientiously and systematically reflect their own and others' experiences. Moreover, the Master's programme promotes the written and oral communication skills of students. They will be able to work independently according to scientific principles, apply scientific methods, argue factually-substantiated, interpret and scrutinize their knowledge rationally and critically.

2. Admission Requirements

The Master's programme is open to all Bachelor graduates of German and foreign universities who have first degree in Islamic theology, Islamic Studies, in related religious and social sciences or applicants with a similar qualification.

The teaching languages of the programme are German and English. who have not acquired their university qualifications in a German institution must demonstrate sufficient German language skills before beginning their studies at the University of Tübingen. More details are provided in the regulations about the German language examination for university entrance (DSH).
Command of the English language (at least level B2 according to the Common European Framework for Languages must be proven by one of the following: TOEFL (total score of at least 87 Internet-Based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT)), IELTS (minimum 5.0 overall score), Cambridge certificate of Advanced English Test (grade A or B), language certificate from the German Academic exchange Service (DAAD) (minimum level (c) (roughly equivalent language proficiency levels of Europe B2). Your university entrance qualification will be accepted, if all these requirements are met and confirmed by the certificate: (1) English was the 1st, 2nd or 3rd foreign language (2) was continued until graduation (3) was graded at least "still good" (10 points).

In addition, the candidates have to prove knowledge of Arabic (at least B2 of GER). Another criterion is a grade point average of at least 2.5 in the previous bachelor's degree.

You are exempted from the obligation to prove your language skills if

• your native language is English or Arabic;
• you have acquired 30 ECTS in English or Arabic language courses / modules at a university in an EU / EEA country or Switzerland. Students must prove the language of teaching of these courses / modules;
• you have successfully completed a study programme in English or Arabic;
• you have successfully acquired 30 ECTS or have completed courses with a total of 30 ECTS or equivalent services in the course of university studies in an English or Arabic speaking region. Students must prove the language of teaching;
• you have obtained your university entrance qualification under the predominant use of English or Arabic as a language of instruction.


The programme is open to students of all faiths and none.

3. Selection Procedure

The Master's program will only take a limited number of applicants. Acceptance to the program works on the basis of an internal selection procedure. Further details are laid down in the statutes of the University of Tübingen for the internal selection procedure for the program "Islamic Theology in the European context". For further information please contact the Student Advisory Office.

4. Application

The course program starts each winter semester. Applications for the first semester have to be made online. Access to the online application will be possible from early April. Application deadline is July 15.

Applying for a Master's program.

For further information please contact the Student Advisory Office.

5. Duration of the Program

The standard period of studying ist four semesters (including an obligatory semester abroad) with a total of 120 credit points.

Please note: Gaining a Master's degree involves earning a total of 300 ECTS. If you enter the M.A. program with less than 240 ECTS you will have to do extra work to achieve the required 300 ECTS.

6. Exam Regulations and Module Handbook

Please click here for the exam regulations and the module handbook of the degree program.

7. Professions

The Master's program "Islamic theology in a European context" enables its students to do independent research at an advanced level and prepares them for a subsequent PhD. At the same time it provides interdisciplinary, intercultural and interreligious skills that guarantee a successful career in the non-academic field. The problem-based learning methods and the practical relevance of the Master's program enables the students to deal with scientific (theological) and social problems.

8. Counselling