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Protestant Theology

What is the degree programme about?

If you aim to become a priest by completing the Kirchliches Examen, in order to receive your degree and start your priest training (Vikariat) you must usually take a specific theological examination set by the church in your state (Theologische Aufnahmeprüfung in Bavaria).

The Magister/Magistra Theologiae is similar in content to the Kirchliches Examen. This degree is intended for students who do not aim to become priests at state churches where a specific theological examination is required (such as members of free churches or non-German citizens).

A theology degree involves more than just one subject. Many different subjects are part of theology, such as the Old Testament, the New Testament, church history, systematic theology, practical theology (including teaching religious education) and religious studies. FAU's School of Theology also offers other interesting subjects that you will not find at all universities, including Christian archaeology, the theology and history of Eastern Christianity, Christian journalism, and church music. The interaction between various disciplines is one of the things that makes studying theology so interesting.

As a general rule you must study the whole spectrum of theology, regardless of the type of degree. You have the opportunity to choose your own specialisations during the degree programme, and may get involved in current research or spend time studying abroad on a scholarship. You have a great deal of freedom to choose which areas you want to study.

What can I do with this degree?

Most theology students aim to become priests or teachers. However, studying protestant theology gives you such a broad range of skills that you may also work in other areas with a social or cultural aspect. Career opportunities are available:

  • in churches and church-run organisations (e.g. in advisory services)
  • as a lecturer
  • as an advisor in politics or industry
  • in publishing and journalism
  • in public relations
  • in human resources

In addition to their academic skills, theology graduates are often in demand due to their personal, social and communication skills.

What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in working with texts
  • a desire to learn ancient languages (Latin, Greek and Hebrew)
  • a willingness to be open to new things, to think critically about the Christian faith and to develop the ability to come to conclusions in discussion with others
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • a wide range of subjects
  • good learning and working conditions in the theology building and the fact that it is easy to get around in Erlangen
  • an open and communicative atmosphere within the School of Theology
Potential challenges
  • having to catch up on lacking language proficiency
  • false expectations regarding theology, which is taught as an academic subject at universities and is different to professional training
  • a lack of organisation skills and initiative
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term

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Degree type: Magister/Magistra Theologiae
Type of study: Ecclesiastical Examination
Location: Erlangen, Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 10 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology