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Master's Programme Educational Sciences

Faculty Faculty of Education
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0111 Education Science
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 848
Curriculum  Information on the Curriculum (2017W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2017W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification: 

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme. The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 42.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: CM 1, 2, 3 and 5 Principles of Educational Science: History and Terminology I, II, III/IV
  • 20 ECTS-Credits Core Area: CM 4 and 16 Scientific Theory of Educational Science and the Principles of Scientific Work / Research Methods of Educational Science
  • 45 ECTS-Credits Core Area: CM 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 and 15 Principles of Educational Science: Concepts and Scope I, II, III, IV, V, VI
  • 20 ECTS-AP Core Area: CM 11 and 12: Kommunikations- und Handlungskompetenzen I/II
  • 12.5 ECTS-AP Core Area: CM 18 Practical Research: Bachelor's Thesis

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

7,5 ECTS-AP: Theory of Education
7,5 ECTS-AP: Subject and Society under the Perspective of Social Inequality
7,5 ECTS-AP: Pedagogic Professionalisation and Professional Skills
7,5 ECTS-AP: Methodology & Research Methods in Education

Second Semester »

10,0 ECTS-AP: Elective Module
10,0 ECTS-AP: Elective Module
10,0 ECTS-AP: Elective Module
10,0 ECTS-AP: Elective Module

Third Semester »

10,0 ECTS-AP: Elective Module
10,0 ECTS-AP: Elective Module: Advanced Course
  2,5 ECTS-AP: Interdisciplinary Skills
  7,5 ECTS-AP: Preparation of the Master’s Thesis 

Fourth Semester »

  2,5 ECTS-AP: Interdisciplinary Skills
  5,0 ECTS-AP: Master’s Thesis Seminar 
20,0 ECTS-AP: Master’s Thesis
2,5 ECTS-AP: Master’s Thesis Defense

Graphic chart »

course sequence

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master’s programme is concluded with an advanced and specialised academic degree. It imparts the current state of research in educational sciences with a focus on social reality and social heterogeneity. Graduates are able to understand and explain the interrelations of age, class, disability, gender, race and sexual orientation as different dimensions of social inequality and to apply their knowledge in different professional contexts. Based on their acquired knowledge (factual knowledge, analytic-theoretical and methodological and critical-reflective knowledge), they are able to argument and judge and to work on specific problems of their respective professional field scientifically based and oriented towards practice or research.

Graduates are able to apply their acquired knowledge and key competences in new or familiar environments within multi-disciplinary professional contexts. They are able to produce knowledge, develop original and conceptional ideas and to constructively contribute to interdisciplinary discourses. They have learnt to integrate their knowledge and to deal with complexity. They can formulate assessments in consideration of ethical and societal responsibility, even if information is incomplete and to communicate exact and differentiated with interested laypersons as well as experts.

Expected Learning Outcomes

The Master’s programme is designed to enable the systematic acquisition of key competences. The acquired key competences enable the graduates to actively and creatively use their specific competences and to adapt to fast changing general conditions.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Master’s Programme Educational Sciences prepares

  • for subject-specific professional work in institutions as well as for a continuing doctoral programme or research-related work and/or
  • for leading, planning, analysing and advising work in job fields related to education and learning and/or
  • for responsible work in local and international state or non-government organisations.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Supplementary Programme Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
Outstanding performance
TAB = 100%


Generally good, but with some errors
Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
Performance meets the minimum cirteria
Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Dr. phil. habil. Petra Reinhartz
(Recognitions for Students with initial letter A - M)

Dr. Peter Münte
(Anerkennungen für Studierende mit Anfangsbuchstaben des Nachnamens N - Z)

Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Mag. Dr. Ulrich Leitner

Information for students with disabilities  

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