Academic Year: 2021/2022

Level of qualification

Master's Degree Programme

Ministerial Degree Code

LM-64 (Religion)


  • Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Department of Asian and North African Studies, Palazzo Vendramin dei Carmini, Dorsoduro 3462, 30123 Venice (Italy).
  • University of Padua, Department of History, via Vescovado 30, 35141 Padua (Italy).

For information:

Head of Studies

Prof. Fabrizio Ferrari (Head of Studies, University of Padua,
Prof. Silvia Rivadossi (Coordinator of Università Ca' Foscari,



Access to the programme

Open Admission with requisites.
For information see the Moodle page for orientation of the Master’s Degree programme and the Moodle page for students enrolled in Science of Religions, on the Department of Historical, Geographic and Ancient Sciences website on the University of Padova (administrative institute):

Admission requirements

  1. Possession of the degree L-42 in History or L-5 in Philosophy (DM 270/04) or L-38 in Historic Sciences or 29 in Philosophy (DM 509/99), or alternatively obtaining at least 50 ECTS in the following SSD:
    IUS/11, IUS/18,IUS/19, L-ANT/01, L-ANT/02, L-ANT/03, L-ANT/06, L-ANT/07, L-ANT/08, L-ART/01, L-ART/02, L-ART/08, L-FIL-LET/01, L-FIL-LET/02, L-FIL-LET/04, L-FIL-LET/05, L-FIL-LET/06, L-FIL-LET/07, L-FIL-LET/08, L-FIL-LET/09, L-FIL-LET/11, L-FIL-LET/13, L-FIL-LET/15,L-OR/01, L-OR/02, L-OR/03, L-OR/04, L-OR/05, L-OR/06, L-OR/07, L-OR/08, L-OR/09, L-OR/10, L-OR/11, L-OR/12, L-OR/13, L-OR/14, L-OR/15, L-OR/16, L-OR/17, L-OR/18, L-OR/20, L-OR/21, L-OR/22, M-DEA/01, M-FIL/01, M-FIL/03, M-FIL/06, M-FIL/07, M-FIL/08, M-GGR/01, M-PSI/05, M-PSI/07, M-STO/01, M-STO/02, M-STO/03, M-STO/04, M-STO/05, M-STO/06, M-STO/07,SPS/01, SPS/05, SPS/06, SPS/08, SPS/13, SPS/14.
  2. Taking and passing and admissions interview.

Learning outcomes

The Master’s Degree programme forms specialists in the study of religious traditions who will have a solid understanding of both the socio-anthropological analysis and the textual sources, languages, historical events and cultures in which these traditions have been expressed and express themselves. The programme allows students to deepen their understanding of religions in the areas of the Mediterranean, the Middle East, India and Eastern Asia. Particular relevance is given to the philological-linguistic skills, necessary for direct reading of texts that will allow for the critical study of sources and an autonomous and astute understanding of a religious event.

Occupational profiles

Master’s Degree students will be able to work as social operators and experts in various sections of relations and interreligious communications, and pluri confessional social contexts, within public and private companies. They will be able to carry out roles of responsibility in study centres or research centres - italian or international - on the phenomenon of religion, religious publishing or in publishing houses with interests revolving around the field of religion; or in the institutes of religious science.



Examination assessment and graduation

Educational activities include classroom teaching, workshops and internships, in order to acquire wide-ranging skills that can be readily transferable into the world of work.
Knowledge gained by students will be assessed through written and oral exams during their entire university career.
The degree exam consists in writing and discussing a thesis, resulting from a personal and original elaboration based on the methodological knowledge acquired and related to a specific topic in the sphere of religious studies. The thesis will be prepared and written under one or more supervisors’ guidance and discussed with a committee of university professors and experts.

Access to further studies

Professional Master’s Programmes (1st and 2nd level) and PhD programmes.

Last update: 26/11/2021