Master Research on Teaching and Learning


The aim of the program is to qualify young academics for the interdisciplinary context of educational sciences and psychology. With regard to empirical educational research, particular attention is paid to the study of teaching and learning processes in a wide variety of educational contexts. Our Master's aims to qualify participants for a career in research or for leadership positions in educational institutions. Thanks to close links with the Faculty Graduate Center, the Master's program also facilitates graduates who subsequently wish to study for a doctorate.

The program is aimed at students who hold a Bachelor's degree after a program of at least six semesters or an at least equivalent qualification in educational science, psychology, education, secondary school teaching or vocational training (alternatively also the first Staatsexamen). It is aimed at international students as well as national students.

Degree Program Structure

Professional competencies

Students explore key theories, concepts, methods, and findings of empirical educational research and focus on teaching and learning in a variety of educational contexts. This enables them to gain coherent knowledge and in-depth understanding of

  • institutions in education systems and quality development and assurance in these institutions
  • teaching and learning processes and their determinants in formal learning settings such as the classroom
  • educational concepts and their assessment

Methodological competencies

Students acquire methodological competencies in relation to the skills and abilities that are relevant to the area of empirical educational research. These include knowledge and skills in key working practices such as researching and preparing literature, summarizing relevant empirical studies in written essays, presenting research and project activities using various presentation techniques (PowerPoint, posters, etc.), communicating empirical research to different target groups, acquiring the essential writing skills necessary to produce academic texts and gaining basic knowledge of project, and time management.

Social competencies

Beyond that, students acquire social competencies by working together in teams on projects, analyzing the various strengths and weaknesses of project participants and using this to implement the project. The Master's program is characterized by its highly interdisciplinary nature, which means that students regularly work on projects in different team compositions. Students are also required to decide on certain projects and implement them within a fixed time frame by agreeing on a shared work and time schedule. By cooperating in this way, they learn how to articulate project interests and decisions and to make coherent academic arguments.

For detailed information about the single modules, please check this catalog as well.