Research on Teaching and Learning, M.Ed.

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  • 24 months
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Empirical educational research is a growing field. This is shown by the establishment of professorships that focus on empirical research in educational science and teaching methodology.

In this field, particular attention is paid to the study of teaching and learning processes in a wide variety of educational contexts. In addition, a large number of foundations, ministries and research organizations in Germany are very active in issues relevant to teaching and learning both in and out of school, and are resolutely calling for evidence-based support for initiatives. Organizational developments in universities and research institutions also increases demand for staff who are qualified in the area of education

The postgraduate Research on Teaching and Learning programme from the Technical University of Munich provides students with a background in educational science, psychology and teaching access to in-depth academic training in research on teaching and learning. It aims to qualify for a career in research or taking leadership positions in educational institutions. Thanks to close links with the Faculty Graduate Center, the master's program also facilitates graduates who subsequently wish to study for a doctorate.

Programme Structure

Professional competencies

Students explore key theories, concepts, methods and findings of empirical educational research and focus on teaching and learning in a variety of educational contexts. This enables them to gain a coherent knowledge and in-depth understanding of

  • institutions in education systems and quality development and assurance in these institutions,
  • teaching and learning processes and their determinants in formal learning settings such as the classroom, and
  • educational concepts and their measurement.

Students also acquire a basic knowledge of methodologies in behavioral and social sciences, which are based on research designs, data collection and data analysis.

Methodological competencies

Students acquire methodological competency in relation to the skills and abilities that are relevant to the area of empirical educational research. These include knowledge and skills in key working practices such as researching and preparing literature, summarizing relevant empirical studies in written essays, presenting research and project activities using various presentation techniques (PowerPoint, posters, etc.), communicating empirical research to different target groups, acquiring the essential writing skills necessary to produce academic texts and gaining a basic knowledge of project and time management.

Social competencies

Thirdly, students acquire social competency by working together in teams on projects, analyzing the various strengths and weaknesses of project participants and using this to implement the project. The master’s program is characterized by its highly interdisciplinary nature, which means that students regularly work on projects in different team compositions. Students are also required to decide on certain projects and implement them within a fixed timeframe by agreeing a shared work and time schedule. By cooperating in this way they learn how to articulate project interests and decisions and to make coherent academic arguments.


The program is aimed at students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in educational science, psychology, education, secondary school teaching or vocational training (alternatively also the first Staatsexamen). The program is aimed at international as well as national students.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 605

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • a classified Bachelor degree awarded by a German or foreign university after a program of at least six semesters or an at least equivalent qualification in the programs: scientific education for teachers at grammar schools, vocational training, pedagogy/educational science and psychology or comparable programs
  • a proof of successful participation in either a lecture, seminar or project on research methods for the social sciences
  • adequate knowledge of English
  • passing of the aptitude test

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 118 International
  • EUR 118 EU/EEA


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