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Master (1 Subject)

Religion and Politics


Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language German
Standard program duration 4 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further information Homepage (German only)
Module Manual (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

The relationship between religion and politics has developed into a topic that is dominating both social and political debates as well as discussions in the humanities and social sciences to an ever increasing degree. These debates are triggered by a new significance and visibility of religion in the public sphere, which can be traced back to phenomena such as religious pluralization and changing moral beliefs, but also to globalization. In the M.A. in Religion and Politics (MAREPOL), students deal with the relationship between religion, society and politics and the challenges that result from the complex field of tension between these domains.

This interdisciplinary program is run jointly by all the institutes at the Department of Humanities and Theology (Protestant Theology, Catholic Theology, Philosophy and Political Science). At the heart of the MAREPOL program are three specifically selected and overarching interdisciplinary terms which bundle courses in the form of thematic clusters: Tolerance, Conflict, Identity. Students can choose two of these three clusters as specializations. Moreover, they can focus career-wise on either research or practice. To do so, they take advantage of a career guidance module where they learn, for example, how to organize congresses or apply for external funding.

Knowledge and skills

Prospective students should ideally have prior knowledge in the field of political science, theology, philosophy or the social sciences. Anyone who is additionally curious about complex social issues in the field of tension between religion and politics and wants to engage in controversial interdisciplinary debate should also opt for this program.

Prerequisite for the Master’s program in Religion and Politics is a Bachelor’s degree with a final cumulative grade of at least “Good”. Applicants must submit a personal letter together with their application as well as their curriculum vitae in tabular form and a motivation letter on a scale of at least two pages.

Professional fields

The skills acquired in the MAREPOL program can subsequently be put to use in a wide variety of professional fields, e.g.

  • Research and teaching
  • Policy management, policy advice
  • Church institutions and charities
  • Refugee and integration work
  • International organizations and diplomacy
  • Associations, publishing houses, foundations
  • (Business) consulting
  • Adult education and political education

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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