Educational Science (MSc)
About the programme
The specialisation Educational Sciences studies learning processes of children and adolescents from a cognitive-psychological, social-emotional, and neuro-scientific perspective. Both general learning situations and learning in specific areas (e.g., reading, science, mathematics) will be addressed.
The programme consists of four substantive courses, which are designed to allow for intensive and personal contact with the instructor and with the other students. These courses are devoted to the following subjects:
- Cognitive and neuropsychological mechanisms of learning
- Psychological perspectives on education and their implications for instruction and assessment
- Ongoing evaluation of learning for special needs children, and designing effective individualized programs
- Backgrounds, meanings, and consequences of current educational innovations and interventions.
In addition, students are trained in research methods and statistics.
The programme includes a master’s project in which students carry out their own research and prepare a written report of their research project: their master’s thesis. Furthermore, students have to conduct an internship in which they learn to apply their knowledge and skills in the work field of educational professionals. For instance, students develop educational materials (textbooks, web applications), refine and evaluate interventions implemented at schools, or give advice on how to implement formative assessment in the classroom or on how to improve the school quality control system.