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We offer a series of informational events for students who are interested in the Master’s program “Research on Learning and Instruction: An Interdisciplinary Program”. The next informational events take place via Zoom on the following dates: 


March 8, 24, 11:00-12:00
April 18, 24, 14:00-15:00
May 7, 24, 11:00-12:00
June 4, 24, 10:00-11:00


Zoom-Link: https://uni-augsburg.zoom-x.de/j/65697127987?pwd=TFJlZkV1eWpVUnpkSUVwMzdVZ2FoUT09

Meeting-ID: 656 9712 7987

Code: &=2+ZH

We are looking forward to seeing you there!




Educators and teachers in K-12 education, universities, and beyond are increasingly expected to identify, assess, and analyze educational problems and to solve them in competent and ethical ways. To be able to achieve this, they require current and well-grounded knowledge about the conditions and effects of processes of learning and instruction. In this Master’s program, students acquire profound knowledge and skills related to research on learning and instruction. Through this—and under the guidance of highly qualified instructors—they produce knowledge that is urgently needed in educational practice. 


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About the degree programme
Degree programme: Research on Learning and Instruction: An Interdisciplinary Program
Official Designation: Research on Learning and Instruction: An Interdisciplinary Program
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Study mode: Full-time
Language of instruction: English
Start of studies: winter semester
Standard study duration: 4 semesters
Admission type: Open admission (with an aptitude assessment process)
Minimum German language skills: A 2
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Application deadline for the winter semester: 15. June

Main features of the program


  1. Strong research orientation: The teaching concept strongly mirrors the process of empirical research. Students not only discuss, but also produce empirical evidence on the conditions, processes, and effects of learning and instruction (under close guidance of the instructors).
  2. Interdisciplinary focus: The courses take psychological and educational perspectives on learning and instruction. In addition, perspectives from various subject matter didactics and media didactics are included. The courses also build on students’ diverse experiences from their previous study programs.
  3. Internationalization: The students discuss the current state of international research on learning and instruction. Also, they are encouraged to travel to international conferences and to go for research stays abroad.
  4. Intensive guidance: Students’ research projects are closely supervised by the instructors, , with an excellent instructor-to-student ratio. There are also plenty of opportunities for interaction and discussion outside of the boundaries of the courses.
  5. Innovative course formats: The students receive plenty of high-level learning opportunities in authentic contexts (e.g., debates, project seminars, academic retreats, conferences).



The first part of the Master’s program “Research on Learning and Instruction” is characterized by (a) a discursive and theory-based consideration of diverse disciplinary perspectives on learning and instruction (educational psychology, educational science, subject matter didactics, media didactics), and (b) an intensive research methods curriculum.

In the second part of the study program, students specialize in two out of five areas. There, they work on empirical research projects under intensive guidance from their instructors.
The areas of specialization are:


  1. Cognitive and instructional processes of learning and instruction
  2. Motivational and emotional processes of learning and instruction
  3. Teaching and learning with media
  4. Teacher professionalism and heterogeneity
  5. Technology-supported assessment and facilitation of learning and instruction


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This program addresses students with a degree in teacher education or bachelor’s degrees from disciplines related to empirical research on learning and instruction (e.g., educational science, psychology, communication science, etc.). Further requirements are: 

  • Theoretical, domain-specific knowledge (e.g., theories of learning and instruction, motivational theories, teaching and learning with media, teacher professionalism, heterogeneous learning prerequisites, technology-supported assessment and facilitation of learning and instruction) 
  • Methodological knowledge and skills (e.g., data collection and analysis, foundations of diagnostics, basic statistics) 
  • English language proficiency: B2 (e.g., TOEFL; to be handed in by the end of the 1st semester; free courses are available )  
  • German language proficiency: A2 (e.g., Goethe-Zertifikat A2; to be handed in by the end of the 1st semester; free courses are available )  


This program prepares students both for careers in empirical educational research (e.g., within PhD programs) and for leading positions in educational practice. So far, about two thirds of the alumni of the program have started a PhD.


For non-native speakers, the Master’s program “Research on Learning and Instruction: An Interdisciplinary Program” demands English language proficiency on level B2 and German language proficiency on level A2. These proofs can be handed in until the end of the first semester. Free English and German Language courses are available for all students, offered by the Sprachenzentrum.



As a medium-sized city with a lively past and a booming present, Augsburg offers a high quality of life and plenty of attractive career opportunities. Being part of the Munich Metropolitan Area in an attractive region in the Alpine foothills, Augsburg is well connected to the city of Munich and offers affordable housing opportunities. Students benefit from the amenities that a campus university entails. All facilities are in a compact location south of Augsburg city centre, which includes a spacious park landscape and a relaxed, but focused study atmosphere. 

Application procedure

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Applications for the Master’s program “Research on Learning and Instruction: An Interdisciplinary Program” are possible until June 15th 

The qualification test consists of two steps:

Step 1: Written application
Step 2: Oral interview (if necessary)


Target group: Graduates of teacher education or bachelor’s programs with a close relation to empirical research on learning and instruction (e.g., educational science, psychology, communication science, etc.)


Terms and deadlines:

Start of studies: every winter semester
It is suggested to apply as early as possible, particularly for international students.

Deadline for applications: June 15th, each year (cut-off period)


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