Master's Programme Educational Sciences

As of winter semester 2017/2018 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding master’s programme please consult this page »

Faculty Faculty of Education
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-F 0111 Education Science
Mode of Study
Full-Time
Study Code
C 066 848
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent


* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

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
 scheme
 Definition
 %-age
      
 1  EXCELLENT:
 Outstanding performance
47.5
= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
32.0
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
13.9
 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
5.5
 successfully
 completed
 Positive performance, where a strict differentiation is not adequate
1.1
 5  INSUFFICIENT:
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
     
 not completed 
 Negative performance, where a strict differentiation is not adequate
     

Source: Academic year 2015/2016

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).

Requirements

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:

  • 42.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: CM 1/2/3/5: Foundations of Educational Science:
    History and Terminologies I, II, III/IV
  • 20 ECTS-Credits Core Area: CM 4/16: Educational Science: Epistemology and Foundations of Academic Study Methods / Research Methods of Educational Science
  • 45 ECTS-Credits Core Area: CM 8/9/10/13/14/15: Foundations of Educational Science: Concepts and Subject Areas I/II/III/IV/V/VI
  • 20 ECTS-Credits Core Area: CM 11/12: Communication and Action Skills I/II
  • 12.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: CM 18: Research Practice: Bachelor Thesis

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 »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Heterogeneous Education: Sociological and Societal Approaches
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Heterogeneous Education: Subject and Socialisation Theoretical Approaches
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Action-oriented Concepts and Competences in Dealing with Diversity

(1) Three Elective modules must be completed worth a total of 30 ECTS-Credits.
(2) Two corresponding in-depth elective modules of a total 20 ECTS-Credits from elective modules(1) and for each in-depth module the corresponding methodological module of a total 10 ECTS-Credits have to be completed.

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (1)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (1)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (1)

(1) Three Elective modules must be completed worth a total of 30 ECTS-Credits.
(2) Two corresponding in-depth elective modules of a total 20 ECTS-Credits from elective modules(1) and for each in-depth module the corresponding methodological module of a total 10 ECTS-Credits have to be completed.

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (2)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (2)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Methodological Module (2)

(1) Three Elective modules must be completed worth a total of 30 ECTS-Credits.
(2) Two corresponding in-depth elective modules of a total 20 ECTS-Credits from elective modules(1) and for each in-depth module the corresponding methodological module of a total 10 ECTS-Credits have to be completed.

Fourth Semester »

2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master Thesis Seminar
25.0 ECTS-Credits: Master Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master Thesis Defense


(1) Three Elective modules must be completed worth a total of 30 ECTS-Credits.
(2) Two corresponding in-depth elective modules of a total 20 ECTS-Credits from elective modules(1) and for each in-depth module the corresponding methodological module of a total 10 ECTS-Credits have to be completed.
 

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Master Programme Educational Sciences

Qualification Profile and Skills

The master’s programme is an advanced, specialised academic degree programme that covers the current state of knowledge in educational science with a focus on discussing the social reality of societal heterogeneity. The interdependencies of age, class, disability, gender, race and sexual orientation are understood as different dimensions of social inequality and hierarchies; this knowledge can be applied in various occupational contexts. Graduates are able to use their knowledge to formulate arguments and assessments and to approach problems from a practical and/or research-oriented perspective. Furthermore, they are capable of dealing with contingency and complexity and of applying their expertise in an active and formative manner under rapidly-changing conditions. They possess learning strategies that allow them to pursue professional activities in a wide variety of areas largely independently. They are capable of producing knowledge and developing originary, conceptual ideas and can contribute constructively to interdisciplinary discourse.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in dealing with heterogeneity in educational occupations. They are able to demonstrate their abilities at the intersections of science, management and consultation through their capacity to formulate and substantiate arguments scientifically and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The master’s programme prepares students for professional activities in projects, organisations and institutions, for a doctoral study programme or other research-related activities, for activities involving managing, planning, analysing and advising in educational and social facilities, and for positions of responsibility in governmental and non-governmental organisations, locally and internationally.

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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