Research on Learning and Instruction: An Interdisciplinary Program (M.A.)

Study content

Educators and teachers in K-12 education, as well as in university education, are increasingly expected to identify, assess, and analyse educational problems and solve them in competent and ethical ways. To be able to achieve this, they require up to date and well-grounded knowledge about the conditions and results of teaching and learning processes. In this master’s degree programme, students acquire comprehensive knowledge and skills related to research on learning and instruction. Through this—and under the guidance of highly qualified instructors—they will be able to generate knowledge that is urgently needed in educational practice.

job prospects:

  • The programme prepares graduates for careers in educational research as well as for leadership positions in educational institutions. So far about two thirds of alumni have commenced doctoral studies following completion of the programme.


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).

6. English language skills:
Englisch language skills at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language must be demonstrated with the application.

Course of studies facts
name: Research on Learning and Instruction: An Interdisciplinary Program
graduation type: Master of Arts (M.A.)
study mode: full time
education language: english
start of studies: winter semester
standard period of study: 4 semester
restriction: unrestricted (with qualification procedure)
german language knowledge (at least): A 2
hints: Introductory events take place closely before the start of the lecture term: https://www.uni-aug…. Start of the lecture term: https://www.uni-aug…
end of application winter semester: 15. June

further information

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Prof. Dr. Ingo Kollar
Full professor, head of Department of Educational Psychology
Educational psychology
Full professor, head of Department of Psychology

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