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Master (1 Subject)

Educational Sciences


Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language German
Standard program duration 4 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further information Homepage (German only)
Module Manual (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

The M.A. in Educational Sciences is a research-based Master’s program which prepares students for senior positions in various professional fields in education and for doctoral studies in the educational sciences.

It comprises a foundation program and a project-based specialization, which is linked to a parallel research internship. The foundation program is concerned with knowledge resources, theories and research methods in educational science, which should serve as a knowledge base for reflection and evaluation, in order to illuminate the interrelationships of education in different contexts and from different perspectives.

Students can choose their specialization from four project themes:

  • Educational Theory and Educational Research
  • Social Work
  • Empirical Educational Research and Quality Management
  • Education and Employment

Work in the chosen project is closely dovetailed with tutorials and students’ own research. This research feeds into the Master’s thesis.

Knowledge and skills

Prerequisite for the Master’s Program in Educational Sciences is a relevant Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Education, Psychology and Sociology of TU Dortmund University or another degree recognized as equivalent from another university.

The following apply:

  • Applicants holding a B.A. in Educational Research from TU Dortmund University need only to submit an application for a change of study program (this is conditional on a Bachelor’s degree with a final cumulative grade of at least “Good” (2.5)).

Applicants from other universities apply for enrollment. The Department then checks their documents and they are notified by the Student Registration Office whether their application has been approved (subject to certain conditions if necessary) or rejected. 

Professional fields

The program prepares students for highly qualified positions in the following professional fields, for example:

  • Research institutions in the field of education and in the social sector
  • Vocational training and out-of-school learning
  • Organizational consulting for educational and social institutions
  • Analysis and concept development for social policy and educational policy programs
  • Quality assurance, evaluation and organization of educational institutions and social services

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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