In everyday life, education is often associated with school or family. In the study of educational science, however, students deal with theories about the conscious and unconscious processes of human agency, forms of socialisation and worlds of experience.
This means the entire life span from childhood to old age, the entire spectrum of formal, non-formal and informal educational processes. Teaching and research focus in particular on the relationship between generations and genders, cultures, different living conditions and abilities.
What educational sciences are and what students have to say about their studies can be heard on the Uni-Podcast.
On 1 October 2023, a neues Curriculum is expected to come into force for the Bachelor's degree programme in Education.
Before studies/start of studies
Students acquire a broad theoretical knowledge in order to be able to develop and elaborate central educational science questions. The following competences are to be developed in the study programme:
- critical judgement and self-reflection
- the ability to classify historical and social processes
- the ability to initiate and accompany people's learning and self-empowerment processes in professional practice.
The faculty encompasses a variety of teaching and research foci, which are reflected in courses:
- General Educational Science and Historical Educational Research
- Disability Studies and Inclusive Education
- Generational relations, youth research and educational research
- Critical gender research
- Migration and Education
- Social inequality and political education
- Pedagogical professionalisation and counselling as well as training and further education
- Elementary education: early education and upbringing
- Conflict - Trauma - Violence
- Psychoanalytical Education and Educational Science
For the 2023 curriculum
Recommended course of study
For the 2012/16 curriculum:
Recommended course of study
Graduates have a wide range of professional opportunities in educational fields of activity. The study of educational science prepares students for managerial, planning and advisory activities in educational institutions and social organisations:
- in the field of extracurricular youth education,
- gender-sensitive parent education,
- diversity-conscious and racism-critical adult education,
- workplace-based learning
- in public, private and non-profit organisations, both locally and internationally
Graduates of educational science work, among others, in:
- Land Tyrol
- PH Tirol
- University of Innsbruck
- Youth country
- the Curative families
In order to gain access to higher qualified jobs, we recommend students to complete the Master's programme after the Bachelor's programme. In order to pursue an academic career, a PhD programme can be added to this.
The degree programme comprises 180 ECTS credits, one ECTS corresponds to 25 hours of work.
The BA programme is designed as a full-time programme, which is why graduation is possible after six semesters (= 3 years). However, there is no obligation to complete the degree within this time.
Here is an overview of the structure and organisation of the degree programme.
Please note: The courses of a module are only offered in the winter semester if the module is entered in a winter semester in the following diagram or only in the summer semester if the module is entered in a summer semester block!
General admission period for BA Educational Science:
12.07 to 05.09 (winter semester) or 07.01 to 05.02 (summer semester).
06.09.- 30.10. (winter semester) or 06.02.- 31.03. (summer semester).
To find out how to enrol for the programme, please visit Help page of the study department.
Matura or equivalent and language certificate
BA OLAT of the Dean of Studies
This OLAT course for self-enrolment provides all important information and forms for the BA programme in Educational Science. Click here to enrol in OLAT course.
Informed about your studies
A number of explanatory videos from the Department of Studies provide the most important information about studying for first-year students. Click here to go to Explanatory videos.
OLAT Survival Guide
OLAT is the learning management system of the University of Innsbruck. OLAT is primarily used to supplement and virtually accompany face-to-face lectures and serves to provide learning content and organise learning activities. The OLAT survival guide offers important information and support for students who use OLAT.
In the winter semester, students can enrol for courses that are subject to examinations (seminars, courses) from 1 September to 21 September. In the summer semester you can enrol for courses with compulsory attendance from 01 February to 21 February.
- Info on the preferential application
- Information sheet: How to study
StEOP stands for Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase. These are selected courses that must be completed positively in the first semester in order to be able to continue studying to the full extent. As long as the StEOP has not been fully completed, only courses to the extent of 22 ECTS credits can be brought forward.
The current StEOPs of the 2023 curriculum are:
- VO Introduction to Educational Science (VO / 2h / 5 ECTS-AP)
- VO Social, institutional and individual conditions of education (VO / 2h / 5 ECTS-AP)
The current StEOPs of the 2012/16 curriculum are:
- VO Introduction to Educational Science (VO / 2h / 4 ECTS-AP)
- VO Overview of Research Methods (VO / 1h / 2,5 ECTS-AP)
- VO Socio-theoretical foundations of education (VO / 2h / 3,5 ECTS-AP)
If you have failed an examination for the third time, you can hold your fourth examination in front of an examination board consisting of 3 persons. To do this, you must do the following:
- Download and complete Application form,
- Contact the examiners and obtain all the necessary signatures indicated on the form.
At the end of the study
If the grade of your Bachelor's thesis has been submitted to the Examinations Office by the supervisor, the following documents are still missing for the official completion of your Bachelor's thesis and must be submitted to the Examinations Office:
Admission to the Master's programme in the winter semester must be carried out by 30.10. at the latest. In the summer semester, the admission deadline is 31.10.
Please note, however, that you should not submit your online application for a Master's degree programme shortly before the end of the grace period, as an admission in the same semester cannot be guaranteed due to the processing time of applications.
If you have already completed a Bachelor's programme at the University of Innsbruck that is eligible for admission to a Master's programme, you can apply for admission via Studierendenportal LFU:online under the menu item "Meine Studienbewerbungen".
Yes, it is possible to take courses of the Master's programme before the official enrolment. However, register officially for the Master's programme as soon as possible within the deadlines (see above).