The studies in the M.Sc. Psychology in the Learning Sciences are structured around 14 study modules, including seven compulsory (P) and seven elective compulsory modules (WP).
- Module P1: Introduction to Psychology of Development, Learning and Excellence (15 ECTS) 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 P2: Evaluation and Research Methods (12 ECTS) 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 P3: Assessment and Diagnostic Methods (12 ECTS) 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 P4: Transferable Skills for the Learning Sciences (3 ECTS) is designed to narrow the gap between the knowledge students gain in the master’s program and their further professional career. It offers networking opportunities with guest lecturers: Professionals from the field sharing their experiences with students.
- Module P5: Educational Perspectives in the Learning Sciences (6 ECTS) analyses educational systems from an organisational point of view.
- Module P6: Internship Module (12 ECTS) provides students the opportunity to apply their theoretically obtained knowledge in practice during a 350hrs. internship.
- Module P7: Final Module (30 ECTS) supports students in completing an individual scientific project and presenting and discussing it in the colloquium.
In terms of elective compulsory modules, students can choose either "Learning in Specific Domains" or "Clinical Psychology".
- Modules WP1 and WP 6: Learning in Specific Domains I and II (6 ECTS) deal with the issue of how learning processes differ depending on the learning content. The focus is on theoretical models of domain-specific research on teaching and learning and their practical implementation, as well as on methods to analyze domain-specific learning processes.
- Modules WP2 and WP7: Clinical Psychology I and II (6 ECTS) refer to clinical aspects in relation to the educational context. Students get an overview of various disorders from a developmental perspective and learn about monitoring strategies and therapy opportunities. Further, current research within the clinical psychology is introduced and critically discussed.
Each student must choose two of the three elective compulsory specialization modules. Thus, students have an opportunity to specialise in two of the following fields:
- Module WP3: Cognition, Emotion, Learning, and Development (12 ECTS) 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 WP4: Learning, Instruction, Training and Technology (12 ECTS) deals with questions related to the application of modern instructional methods, such as computer-based learning, problem-based learning, collaborative learning and knowledge building 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 is introduced and discussed. The module is research and practice oriented.
- Module WP5: Psychology of Excellence (12 ECTS) deepens knowledge on excellence through an intense examination of current research and through conducting a research project. Further, the module provides intervention procedures and current research findings concerning their effectiveness.
The courses and the related module examinations and partial module examinations are held in English only. Courses are taught in the form of seminars, classes in small groups, and colloquia, rather than lectures. The program uses innovative approaches to teaching and learning, such as problem-based learning and inquiry learning. All courses are taught by leading scientists in their fields.