Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Protestant Theology


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - The course is designed for students who wish to enter the teaching profession, but can also be taken without the teacher training option. Students are not initially required to be a member of a church, the subject is open to everyone. However, if you wish to enter the teaching profession you should be aware that Protestant religious education teachers are required to belong to a church. - See the Teacher training programme and Bachelor’s and master’s courses at HU FAQ as well as

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters (before preparatory course)

Start of study

see course catalogue; with or without numerus clausus


  • Core subject Protestant Theology, with a second subject to be selected (for organisational reasons, not recommended with the second subjects of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics).
  • Secondary subject Protestant Theology with a bachelor’s core subject (not available with the core subjects Biology and Physics)

Language skills

Graecum, Hebraicum, Latinum - Core subject students choose two, Second subject students choose one of them.
Language skills may be acquired as part of a preparatory course.

Content of studies

To find module descriptions and the course curriculum timetable, see the course and examination regulations (, no. 52/2014, no. 85/2015, no. 1/2022), and the annotated university calendar ( You can also consult the Course Advisory Service.

One credit point (CP) corresponds to a maximum of 30 hours of work.

Basic studies core subject and second subject Protestant Theology

Basic module Old Testament, 10 CP
Basic module New Testament, 10 CP
Basic module Historical Theology, 10 CP
Basic module Systematic Theology, 10 CP
Basic module Religious Studies, 10 CP

In-depth studies core subject and second subject Protestant Theology

Three of the four mandatory elective modules for the  core subject, one for the second subject:
In-depth module Old Testament, 10 CP
In-depth module New Testament, 10 CP
In-depth module Historical Theology, 10 CP
In-depth module Systematic Theology, 10 CP

Teacher training/Career-related Additional Qualifications

  • If you wish to enter the teaching profession, you must complete the Protestant Theology teacher training module: Basic module Religious Education 7 CP.
  • If you do not wish to enter the teaching profession and would like to acquire the bachelor’s Career-related Additional Qualification in Protestant Theology, you must complete the Religious Cultures module (30 CP), a practical module: Religious Cultures internship period or Religious Studies internship, 10 CP each, and/or modules from the field of Religious Cultures: Practical Theology, Religious Studies, Gender Studies, Systematic Theology/Philosophy or Religion, Historical Theology, Biblical Studies, 10 CP each.

Final phase in core subject Protestant Theology

Prerequisite: successful completion of all basic and in-depth study modules
Bachelor’s thesis 10 CP

Master’s degree

If you wish to enter the teaching profession, you must apply for the Master of Education in your two subjects. If you do not wish to enter the teaching profession, the faculty can offer you the Religion and Culture master’s course. You’ll find information on master’s degree programmes in the ‘Course catalogue’.

Why should you study Protestant Theology at Humboldt-Universität?

  • With its years of tradition, the Humboldt-Universität Faculty of Theology has exceptional, internationally renowned lecturers in all fields who are enthusiastic about their subject and pass their enthusiasm on to others.
  • The students come from all over Germany and abroad (USA, UK, Russia, South Africa, Denmark, Norway, Poland, etc.); the faculty maintains many contacts with faculties abroad that have relevant exchange programmes.
  • The state museum collections near the faculty (Pergamon Museum, Neues Museum, Bode Museum) and Berlin’s other collections and archives already offer extensive illustrative material for historical subjects (Old/New Testament and Ecclesiastical History) and Religious Studies.
  • Berlin’s unparalleled religious plurality offers extensive opportunities for direct contact with other religious communities and - like the church’s specific location in this large city - invites self-reflection and discussion, achieved in the subject areas of Religious Studies and Systematic and Practical Theology.
  • The faculty covers numerous interests, reaching beyond Theology into the fields of Philosophy (Philosophy professorship, Guardini chair), Art History and Gender Studies, creating close contacts with the other faculties.
  • Berlin offers an unbelievable programme of academic and cultural events, often easily affordable for students (e.g. reduced annual tickets for museums and collections, Classic Card for the opera houses).

Which skills and prerequisites do you need for this course?

  • You should enjoy the careful, detailed handling of texts and methodologically impartial academic historical work.
  • Love the languages and imaginative worlds of foreign, sometimes very old texts.
  • Be open to being surprised by traditions generally considered to have been outlived, and to examine the life options and self-conceptions offered by these traditions.
  • The readiness to critically reflect on personal religious affiliations and bring them to open-ended dialogue with alternative life orientations.

Important addresses

Faculty of Theology, Burgstraße 26,, Tel. +49 30 2093-5693

Course Advisory Service or Study Coordinator: Tel. +49 30 2093 5755,; Ms. Adnouf, Tel. +49 30 2093 5739,

Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications: Faculty of Theology Examinations Office, Tel. +49 30 2093-5758; the Chairman of the Examination Board is responsible for classification.
Service for teacher training students:, Tel. +49 30 2093-1571,

ApplicationsHow to apply, Information for prospective international students
Links to job, Berufenet (Notes: 1. Type Theology into the search screen, 2. Click on the job title, 3. Click on ‘Job and applicant search’ (left-hand side),
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