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Education Research on Learning and Instruction (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

The Master's degree programme in Educational Research on Learning and Instruction (MA) provides students with research and development-related skills for analysing and steering educational processes and their conditions.

The degree programme is open to graduates with a degree in teaching and employed teachers (study is possible on a part-time or full-time basis) as well as students with a Bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, education, social education or in other education science-related subjects who want to expand their education with a specialist scientific perspective and intend to use their skills in the area of empirical education research in the future.

The importance of empirical education research for social developments, life-long learning and the development of individual skills is obvious. It is reflected in the constantly growing labour market, the research and development which is being carried out on teaching and learning processes in schools and in large areas of education policy, administration, planning, steering and quality development in schools.

The skills for analysing, researching evaluating and steering education processes acquired by students of the Master's degree programme will benefit graduates working in research and development projects as well as in school and non-school areas.

Modules and degree programme structure

1st semester

  • Module 1: Education science foundations
  • Module 2: Education science specialisation
  • Module 3: Methods of Empirical Education Research – Basics

2nd semester

  • Module 4: Methods of Empirical Education Research – Focus
  • Module 5: Results of empirical educational research at school and beyond (international education)
  • Module 6: Profile foundations (media education, heterogeneity and diversity management, quality development in educational institutions, international education)

3rd semester

  • Module 7: Profile development (media education, heterogeneity and diversity management, quality development in educational institutions)
  • Module 8: Project foundations
  • Module 9: Project implementation

4th semester

  • Master's thesis
Admission requirements

Admission to the degree programme is dependent on your previous qualifications. You must have a completed teaching degree (Lehramt) or Bachelor's degree in education science at a university that consists of a minimum of 180 ECTS credits.

Related and equivalent Bachelor's degrees are also accepted, in particular Bachelor's degrees containing at least 30 ECTS credits from the field of education science.

Applicants with a final grade of 2.5 or better are admitted directly; applicants with a grade of between 2.51 and 3.00 will be invited to a selection interview. Applicants with an average grade of between 3.01 and 3.5 will be invited to a selection interview but must also provide proof of a completed work placement (at least 3 months) in an area related to education science or at an education research institution which demonstrates that they have carried out academic, research-related work.

Applicants who have not yet completed their Bachelor's degree but have already obtained 140 ECTS credits may apply providing that they submit their Bachelor's degree certificate within a year.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Arts (MA)
Type of study: Master
Location: Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: yes
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology