M.A. Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences

Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich

Application deadline: June 1; Non EU:: May 31
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • Free (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The interdisciplinary Psychology Masters Program in the Learning Sciences is offered by the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences (MCLS). It combines fundamental skills and expertise from the fields of psychology and education and has a clear focus on learning, research and excellence.

The Psychology Masters Program in the Learning Sciences prepares and qualifies students for positions in research on learning. Many graduates choose to continue their studies by registering for the MCLS Doctoral Training Program or other Ph.D. degrees. Others go on to apply their knowledge in the fields of learning, training or evaluation in both educational institutions and the business world.


The interdisciplinary Psychology Masters Program in the Learning Sciences is offered by the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences (MCLS). It combines fundamental skills and expertise from the fields of psychology and education and has a clear focus on learning, research and excellence.

The studies in the Psychology Masters Program in the Learning Sciences are structured around eleven study modules, including eight compulsory and three elective compulsory modules (two of which need to be selected by the students). Participation of all students is required in the following compulsory modules:

Module C1: Psychology of Development, Learning, and Excellence I focuses on introducing the key theoretical approaches of the Learning Sciences. These approaches will come from the fields of Cognitive, Emotional, Learning, Developmental, Neurocognitive, Educational, Social, and Organisational Psychology.

Module C2: Educational Perspectives in the Learning Sciences analyses educational systems from an organisational point of view.

Module C3: Evaluation and Research Methods offers students the knowledge and skills needed to plan and implement empirical research, to analyze and interpret data, and to publish findings in international scientific journals. This module delivers a comprehensive overview of the basic principles of empirical educational research.

Module C4: Assessment and Diagnostic Methods provides students a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles of assessment and diagnostics as well as the knowledge and skills required for planning and conducting diagnostic interventions.

Module C5: Psychology of Development, Learning, and Excellence II focuses on the approaches of Module P1 in more detail.

Each student must choose one of the two elective compulsory modules. Students that hold a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology will be privileged for the Module EC6.2 Clinical Psychology.

Module EC6.1: Learning in Specific Domains deals with the issue of how learning processes differ depending on the learning content. The focus is on theoretical models of subject-specific research on teaching and learning and their practical implementation, as well as on methods to analyze domain-specific learning processes.

Module EC6.2: Clinical Psychology

Module C7: Internship Module provides students the opportunity to apply their theoretically obtained knowledge in practice during a 10-week internship.

Module C8: Final Module supports students in completing an individual scientific project and presenting and discussing it in the colloquium.

Each student must choose two of the three elective compulsory modules. Thus, students have an opportunity to specialise in two of the following fields:

Module EC1: Cognition, Emotion, Learning, and Development offers an intensive discussion of up-to-date research findings and methods in one of the four relevant fields (cognition, emotion, learning, or development). Students develop the skills to discuss current theories, research methods, and application aspects in their chosen specialisation field.

Module EC2: Learning, Instruction, Training and Technology deals with questions related to the application of digital technologies in learning and teaching processes. Methods of assessment and evaluation of learning, training, and instruction with digital technologies are considered. Additionally, current research in the field of learning, training, and instruction with digital technologies are introduced and discussed.

Module EC3: Psychology of Excellence and Diversity deepens knowledge on excellence and diversity through an intense examination of current research and through an individual research project. Further, the module provides intervention procedures and current research findings concerning their effectiveness.


The program welcomes applications from German and foreign candidates with a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Education, or related fields with a proof of fluency in English (computer-based TOEFL score of 213), and a grade point average of good (B = 2.5 or equivalent) from their previous studies. Applicants must demonstrate prior knowledge and skills in the Learning Sciences (e.g theoretical background, methods, and empirical findings concerning cognitive, emotional and motivational aspects of learning and teaching in different educational contexts (e.g., school and lifelong education) as well as instructional research. Also required are prior knowledge and skills in Statistics (e.g. descriptive - and inferential statistics that can be applied to experimental studies in the field and in controlled settings) and Scientific Research Methods (e.g. literature research, understanding scientific articles and related theories, skills to communicate and present scientific work).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test: 80

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