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
C 066 848
Curriculum  Information on the Curriculum (2017W) *
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent

* 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)

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

Source: Academic year 2016/2017

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).


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Criteria for the determination of equalence: 

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • in progress

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

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: 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

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Dean of Studies
Mag. Dr. Irene Berkel

Associate Dean of Studies
Dr. Petra Reinhartz
(Recognitions for Students with initial letter A - M)
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Friederike Rothe
(Recognitions for Students with initial letter N - Z) 

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