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Psychology Master’s Program in the
        Learning Sciences

          -At a Glance-




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Table of Contents

 1.     General Information.............................................................................................................3
      1.1.     Main Focus...................................................................................................................4
      1.2.     Career Opportunities....................................................................................................6
      1.3.     Special Features...........................................................................................................6
 2.     Admission ............................................................................................................................7
      2.1.     Qualifications ...............................................................................................................7
      2.2.     Application ...................................................................................................................7
      2.3.     Selection Procedure .....................................................................................................8
 3.     Academic Calendar ..............................................................................................................8

 4.     Curriculum ...........................................................................................................................9
      4.1.     Overview ......................................................................................................................9
      4.2.     Order of Modules .......................................................................................................11
      4.3.     Distribution of the Workload......................................................................................11
 5.     Study Policies.....................................................................................................................12
      5.1.     Credit System .............................................................................................................12
      5.2.     Registration for Courses ............................................................................................12
      5.3.     Forms of Exams .........................................................................................................12
      5.4.     Resits..........................................................................................................................14
 6.     Internship...........................................................................................................................14
      6.1.     Internship Requirements ...........................................................................................14
      6.2.     Finding an Internship.................................................................................................14
      6.3.     Internship report ........................................................................................................14
 7.     Graduation .........................................................................................................................15
      7.1.     Master’s Thesis Requirements...................................................................................15
      7.2.     Graduation and Thesis Submission Deadline ............................................................15
      7.3.     Master’s Certificate ....................................................................................................15
 8.     Study Abroad and Credit Transfer Policy ..........................................................................16

 9.     Support and Counselling ...................................................................................................17




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1. General Information
The Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences is a research-oriented program that
promotes a selected group of highly motivated students to engage in state-of-the-art research in
the internationally emerging field of the Learning Sciences. The program encompasses
knowledge and skills training in interdisciplinary knowledge, research methods, and transferable
skills related to the Learning Sciences.

Table 1: General Information
University:             Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) of Munich
Degree:                 Master of Science in Psychology: Learning Sciences
Program start:          winter term only (first in 2011/2012)
Duration:               4 semesters
                        The LMU charges a tuition fee of 500 Euros per semester. In addition, it
Tuition:
                        charges a small student union fee (about 40 Euros).
Language of
                        English
instruction:
Required entry          Bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, or a related discipline;
qualifications:         excellent English proficiency; knowledge in Learning Sciences, and
                        scientific research methods (including statistics)
                        Course work (seminars, classes in small groups, colloquia), research
Activity types:
                        projects, and a master’s thesis
                        A 10-week internship (about 350 hours) is required, as well as a short
Internships:
                        internship report (10 hours).
                               -   Orientation support is provided by student tutors at the beginning
                                   of the semester.
                               -   Additional tutoring is provided for specific courses.
                               -   General and academic advising is provided by the coordinator and
Supportive
                                   the program's instructors and guest professors.
Environment:
                               -   All students are supported by mentors, who are instructors in the
                                   study program. Students are split into groups of two or three and
                                   are assigned to a mentor. Each mentor group meets at least once
                                   per semester to discuss current study-related issues.
How to apply:           Online application, available in early March 2012
                               -   Application deadline for Non EU-students in May 2012
Application deadline:
                               -   Application deadline for EU-students in June 2012
                        Information about Munich:
City of Munich:
                               -   www.muenchen.de
                               -   http://www.muenchen-tourist.de/englisch/index_e.htm
Email:                  masterlearningsciences@psy.lmu.de




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       1.1. Main Focus
The interdisciplinary Psychology Master’s 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 Master’s 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


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    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.




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       1.2. Career Opportunities
The Psychology Master’s 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. With respect to business opportunities, exemplary target fields are human
resource development, further education of employees, and assessment of and counselling on
learning and competence - related issues in a company, as well as talent management, and E-
Learning. Due to the experience gained by working in an international team during the study
program, our graduates gain broad competencies necessary for successful employment in
multinational organisations.

       1.3. Special Features
International study program with English as language of instruction: The Psychology Master’s
Program in the Learning Sciences has established many strategic alliances with other universities
and organisations through joint research projects. The Munich Center of the Learning Sciences
maintains a network of more than 30 universities with internationally acknowledged expertise in
the field of the Learning Sciences. European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University
Students (ERASMUS) partnerships are already established with some universities (e.g., the
Universidad de Barcelona, the Universidad de Zaragoza, and the University of Twente).

Interdisciplinary approach: Formerly, different academic disciplines tended to investigate
particular aspects of learning in isolation. Yet, highly relevant processes and systemic problems,
such as dropout rates in educational systems, can be addressed adequately only in
interdisciplinary collaborations. The Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences
brings together researchers from Psychology, Educational Science, Neuroscience, Economics,
Sociology, Biology, Mathematics, Medicine, and Computer Science who share methodologically
an empirical and quantitative orientation.

Supportive environment: Orientation support is provided by student tutors at the beginning of the
semester. General and academic advising is offered by the coordinator and the program's
instructors and guest professors. All students are supported by mentors, who are instructors in
the study program. Students are split into groups of two or three and are assigned to a mentor.
Each mentor group meets at least once per semester.

Excellent training conditions for a select group of students: The Psychology Master’s Program in
the Learning Sciences is a research-oriented program that promotes a select group of highly
motivated students to engage in state-of-the-art research in the internationally emerging field of
the Learning Sciences. The program encompasses knowledge and skills training in
interdisciplinary knowledge, research methods, and transferable skills related to the Learning
Sciences. 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.




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2. Admission
       2.1. Qualifications
The program welcomes applications from German and foreign candidates with a bachelor’s
degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Education, or related fields with a proof of fluency in
English (computer-based TOEFL score of 213, Internet-based score of 80, or IELTS score of 6.0),
and a grade point average of “good” or “very good” (“B” = 2.0 or equivalent) from their previous
studies. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of the Learning Sciences: theoretical
background, methods, and empirical findings concerning cognitive and emotional aspects of
learning and teaching in different educational contexts (e.g., school and lifelong education). Also
required is knowledge of statistics. Scientific skills are essential.

       2.2. Application

                    Application deadlines:
                       • EU-students: June 2012
                       • Non EU-students May 2012


Please use the Online Application Tool, which will be available in March 2012, to upload the
electronic versions of the following documents in German or English:

       •   The completed application form.
       •   A copy of the applicant’s bachelor’s certificate (or equivalent) with a minimum total of
           180 ECTS credits (ECTS is the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).
           Applicants who have already finished their bachelor’s studies but will receive the
           bachelor’s certificate after the application deadline should submit a copy of the
           document as soon as it is received. If the certificate is issued in a language other than
           German or English, a notarised translation of the document is required.
       •   A written statement listing the courses that provided at least 30 ECTS credits from the
           field of the statistics, 20 ECTS credits from basic scientific research methods, and 30
           ECTS credits from basic knowledge in Learning Sciences. If the applicant has not
           received a bachelor’s degree, but a comparable study degree instead, the selection
           committee will decide on the courses of equivalent value.
       •   A transcript of records from the bachelor’s program containing all courses completed
           and grades obtained with a grade point average of at least 2.0. If the transcript is
           issued in a language other than German or English, a notarised translation of the
           document is required.
       •   A written statement of intent and motivation (ca. 300 words) in German or English. It
           should address which specific skills, qualifications, and interests qualify the applicant
           to study in the Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences.
       •   Proof of English proficiency in the form of an acknowledged language test certificate,
           such as the TOEFL or IELTS (a computer-based TOEFL score of 213, Internet-based
           score of 80, or IELTS score of 6.0). For more information, please see
           http://www.toefl.org




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       2.3. Selection Procedure
After the application deadline, the uploaded documents will be considered and evaluated by the
selection committee. The selection procedure is a two-stage process:

Stage I: Preselection of candidates
Possible results of Stage I are (1) direct access to the Psychology Master’s Program in the
Learning Sciences, (2) rejection by the selection committee, or (3) an invitation to a selection
interview.

Stage II: Selection Interview
Students will be invited at least one week in advance. An individual interview with the applicant
will be conducted by two members of the selection committee. The interview duration is 20
minutes and the language of the interview is English. If necessary, interviews with foreign
applicants can be conducted via videoconference.
The interview will focus on the academic path of the applicant; the applicant’s knowledge in the
field of the Learning Sciences (e.g., theoretical background, methods, and empirical findings
concerning cognitive and emotional aspects of learning and teaching in different educational
contexts, such as school and lifelong education); as well as the applicant’s knowledge of theories,
methods, and findings from educational and psychological research. Furthermore, the ability of
the applicant to work scientifically will be assessed. After all interviews have been conducted, the
interviewers will decide whether the applicant is qualified to take part in the Psychology Master’s
Program in the Learning Sciences. Applicants who do not show up for the interview are
considered unqualified for participation in the program. It is possible for an applicant to
reschedule a first-time interview by providing in written form the reason for being absent, such as
a medical certificate.




3. Academic Calendar
Oct 17 2011                      First day of classes for winter term 2011/12
Dec 23 2011 – Jan 09 2012        Christmas break
Feb 11 2012                      Last day of classes for winter term 2011/2012
Oct 15 2012                      First day of classes for winter term 2012/13
Feb 09 2013                      Last day of classes for winter term 2012/2013




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4. Curriculum
       4.1. Overview
The studies in the Psychology Master’s 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
     Module C2: Educational Perspectives in the Learning Sciences
     Module C3: Evaluation and Research Methods
     Module C4: Assessment and Diagnostic Methods
     Module C5: Psychology of Development, Learning and Excellence II

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 C6.1: Learning in Specific Domains
     Module C6.2: Clinical Psychology

     Module C7: Internship Module
     Module C8: Final Module

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
     Module EC2: Learning, Instruction, Training and Technology
     Module EC3: Psychology of Excellence and Diversity

Of the program’s required 120 ECTS credits, 102 credits can be obtained in compulsory modules
(including 15 for the internship module and 30 for the final module), and 18 credits can be
acquired in elective compulsory courses. Please see the Module Overview for detailed
information regarding the distribution of credit points in each module. There are no minor
subjects in the Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences.

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.




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     Tabelle 2: Overview of the Study Modules
                                 Course Title                                      Sem   Type   SH   Exam ECTS
Module C1: Psychology of Development, Learning and Excellence I                                  8         12
C1.1 Introduction to Cognition, Emotion, Learning and Development                   1     S      2   MPE    3
C1.2 Introduction to Learning, Instruction, Training and Technology                 1     S      2   MPE    3
C1.3 Introduction to Psychology of Excellence & Diversity                           1     S      2   MPE    3
C1.4 Introduction to Neuro-Cognitive Aspects of Learning and Development            1     S      2   MPE    3
Module C2: Educational Perspectives in the Learning Sciences                                    6    ME      9
C2.1 Approaches in Organizational Learning and Learning of Social Systems           1     S     2            3
C2.2 Educational Systems and Achievement                                            1     S     2            3
C2.3 Psychological Counseling in Educational Context                                1     S     2            3
Module C3: Evaluation and Research Methods                                                      6            12
C3.1 Measuring Learning and Change Part 1                                           1     S     3    MPE     6
C3.2 Measuring Learning and Change Part 2                                           2     S     3    MPE     6
Module C4: Assessment and Diagnostic Methods                                                    4            6
C4.1 Educational and Psychological Assessment and Testing Part 1                    1     S     2    MPE     3
C4.2 Educational and Psychological Assessment and Testing Part 2                    2     S     2    MPE     3
Module C5: Psychology of Development, Learning and Excellence II                                8            12
C5.1 Advanced Approaches in Cognition, Emotion, Learning and Development            2     S     2    MPE     3
C5.2 Advanced Approaches in Learning, Instruction, Training and Technology          2     S     2    MPE      3
C5.3 Advanced Approaches in Neuro-Cognitive Aspects of Learning and Development     2     S     2    MPE      3
C5.4 Advanced Approaches in Psychology of Excellence & Diversity                    2     S     2    MPE      3
EC6.1 or EC6.2
Module EC6.1: Learning in Specific Domains (WP6.1 or WP6.2 or WP6.3 and WP6.4 or                4            6
WP6.5)
Specialization: Course WP6.1.1-6.1.3 (2 choices)
EC6.1.1 Learning in Biology                                                         2    SG     2    MPE     3
EC6.1.2 Learning in Mathematics                                                     2    SG     2    MPE     3
EC6.1.3 Learning in Languages                                                       2    SG     2    MPE     3
Specialization: Course WP6.2.1-6.2.2 (1 choice)
EC6.1.4 Learning in Medicine                                                        3    SG     2    MPE     3
EC6.1.5 Learning in Computer Sciences                                               3    SG     2    MPE     3
Module EC6.2: Clinical Psychology                                                               4            6
C6.2.1 Clinical Psychology                                                          2    VL     2    MTP     3
C6.2.2 Methoden der Psychotherapieforschung                                         3    VL     2    MTP     3
Module C7: Internship Module                                                                    2    ME      15
C7.1 Internship                                                                     3                        12
C7.2 Transferable Skills for the Learning Sciences                                  3     S     2             3
Specialization: Module EC1-3 (2 choices)
Module EC1: Cognition, Emotion, Learning and Development                                        7    ME      9
C1.1 Special Issues in Cognition, Emotion, Learning and Development                 2     S     2            3
C1.2 Assessment and Test Procedures in Cognition, Emotion, Learning and             3    SG     3            5
      Development
C1.3 Research Colloquium in Cognition, Emotion, Learning and Development            3     S     2            1
Module EC2: Learning, Instruction, Training and Technology                                      7    ME      9
C2.1 Special Issues in Learning, Instruction, Training and Technology               2     S     2            3
C2.2 Assessment and Test Procedures in Learning, Instruction, Training and          3    SG     3            5
      Technology
C2.3 Research Colloquium in Learning, Instruction, Training and Technology          3     S     2            1
Module EC3: Psychology of Excellence & Diversity                                                7    ME      9
C3.1 Special Issues in Psychology of Excellence & Diversity                         2     S     2            3
C3.2 Assessment and Test Procedures in Psychology of Excellence & Diversity         3    SG     3            5
C3.3 Research Colloquium in Psychology of Excellence & Diversity                    3     S     2            1
Module C8: Final Module                                                                         3            30
C8.1 Empirical Research Designs                                                     4     S     1    MPE      1
C8.2 Master Colloquium                                                              4    SG     2    MPE      3
C8.3 Master Thesis                                                                  4                MPE     26
Total                                                                                                       120

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Note: Each student is supposed to choose two specializations (modules EC 1-3). All courses from these chosen modules are
obligatory.

Abbreviation:
Sem stands for Semester
S     stands for seminar
SG    stands for class in small group
SH    stands for semester hours (1 SH is 45 minutes)
MPE stands for module partial exam
ME    stands for module exam
ECTS stands for European Credit Point Transfer System (see 2. Credit System)
C     stands for compulsory
EC    stands for elective compulsory

        4.2. Order of Modules
There is basically no specific order in which the modules and assessments must be completed.
Just before starting with the master’s thesis, students must have finished modules P1, P2, and P5.
The specifications of semesters shown in Section 4.2.3, “Distribution of the Workload”, are
recommendations for finishing the Master’s Program in four semesters.

        4.3. Distribution of the Workload
Please see the Overview of the Study Modules to get a holistic picture of how the module
workload can be distributed over the different study semesters. The following list presents
recommendations for each semester.

Semester I: The students should perform six partial module exams and one module exam. 30
ECTS credits can be obtained in the respective courses.

Semester II: The students should complete seven partial module exams; 30 ECTS credits can be
obtained in the respective courses.

Semester III: The students should complete one partial module exam and three module exams
(one being an internship); 30 ECTS credits can be obtained in the respective courses and
internship.


                       The courses in the third semester are planned as blocks and will be
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                       completed before Christmas, in the 51 calendar week. Students must write
                       their essays and complete their projects by the end of December. Thus, in the
                       middle of the third semester, students should be able to start writing their
                       master’s theses.


Semester IV: The students should complete three partial module exams, including the Master’s
Thesis and Master Colloquium; 30 ECTS credits can be obtained in the fourth study semester.




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5. Study Policies
       5.1. Credit System
A total of 120 ECTS credits can be acquired in the program. ECTS credits show the overall
workload of a student, including both time spent in class and self-studying (e.g., preparation for
the courses, exams). One ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 30 hours, so the overall
workload per semester is equivalent to 900 hours. ECTS credits will be provided only for passed
module and partial module exams.

       5.2. Registration for Courses
Registration for the Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences courses will take
place according to the standards and deadlines of the Psychology Department. More information
on this issue will be available in summer 2011.

       5.3. Forms of Exams
In the course of studying, students will complete four module exams and seventeen partial
module exams. Exams can be offered in the form of a written exam, oral exam, written
homework, report, scientific protocol, case study, exercises, and/or poster. The lecturer decides
on the choice of the exam form, and may choose to have either one long exam (“B” in the Table
of Correspondence) or two short exams (“A” in the Table of Correspondence).


Homework              Should be written in a logical text form.
Report                Is an independently prepared lecture that should be supported by
                      appropriate visual aids. A subject-related talk can follow the report.
Scientific protocol   Contains a written, systematic treatment of a subject-relevant event
                      including a critical discussion of the content.
Case studies          Are based on practice-related problems. The student should demonstrate
                      an ability to apply a solid knowledge of theories, models and concepts in a
                      case study. Interpretation of the results of the case study will be assessed.
Exercises             May be distributed throughout the semester on a systematic basis.
Poster                Should present scientific facts by means of text and illustration(s).




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Table of Correspondence of Examination Forms
Examination Form              Exam Duration in Minutes or Number of       Examination Form         Exam Duration in Minutes or Number of Symbols
                                                                                                                                                    1
                                              1
   (Column 13)                       Symbols (Column 14)                     (Column 13)                             (Column 14)

                                A: Short Exam                                                              B: Long Exam

                                                                           Combination of 2           Corresponding the exam effort from Column A
                                                                           exam forms from
                                                                              Column A


                      Possible alternative forms of exams                                       Possible alternative forms of exams


Written exam             30-60 minutes                                    Written exam            60-120 minutes
Homework                 ca. 18.000 - 36.000 symbols                      Homework                ca. 36.000 - 72.000 symbols
Report                   15-30 minutes                                    Report                  30-45 minutes
Oral exam                10-20 minutes                                    Oral exam               20-40 minutes
Scientific protocol      Protocol of a 2-hour event ca. 5000 – 10.000     Scientific protocol     Protocol of a 2-hour event ca. 10.000 – 20.000
                         symbols                                                                  symbols
Exercises                Processing duration of 60-120 minutes in total   Exercises               Processing duration of 120-240 minutes in total
Case study               18.000 – max. 36.000 symbols
Poster                   DIN A1 Font size Text Arial 40; 15-20 min




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       5.4. Resits
The student should pass all module and partial module exams by the end of the fourth study
semester. Any student who fails an exam or misses an exam due to severe health problems is
required to take a resit. The failed module or partial module exam (except the Master’s Thesis)
can be repeated as many times as necessary by the end of the fifth semester. After the fifth
semester, an exam is ultimately failed. The resit can be offered during the study semester in
which the exam was failed. A second resit can be offered during the study semester in which the
course is offered again. Individual arrangements as to offering a resit outside the general
schedule can be made only with permission of the instructor.




6. Internship
       6.1. Internship Requirements
The internship requirements consist of an actual internship, an internship report, and an
additional course. Students must complete an internship of 350 hours (10 weeks, 12 ECTS
credits) in an educational institution, an organisation/business related to education and/or
psychology, or work on a research project. The internship should provide students with practical
experience and key skills in educationally and psychologically relevant fields. Furthermore, the
internship module includes the acquisition of transferable skills that are relevant to the Learning
Sciences. In the seminar “Transferable Skills for the Learning Sciences”, students acquire skills
that are important for working in the field of Learning Sciences. This could include topics such
as presentation techniques, leadership, communication, or project- and time-management.

       6.2. Finding an Internship
The internship supervisor will answer students’ questions about finding an internship position
and other internship-related issues. Internships will be offered within the framework of MCLS
research projects and the associated Departments. In addition, internship positions outside the
University will be offered on the basis of an extensive internship database and alumni networks.
Students will be supported throughout the entire internship period.

       6.3. Internship report
A short internship report (2-4 pages, 10 hours of work) should be submitted by the end of the
internship. The internship report can be written in one of the two forms:
        • Reflection on what could be learned from the internship, linking the experience to
            the methods of the Learning Sciences; or
        • Log Diary System containing a weekly description of activities and the student’s
            reflection on them.
The internship report should contain recommendations for other students regarding the
effective strategies of coping with internship tasks. More guidelines concerning the internship
module will be available online in summer 2011.




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7. Graduation
The final module contains three components: the Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS credits), an
“Empirical Research Designs” seminar (1 ECTS credit), and the Master Colloquium (3 ECTS
credits). The focus is on the successful completion of the master’s thesis. In the seminar,
students deepen their knowledge in planning empirical research designs. In the Master
Colloquium, students are supported in writing their master’s thesis.

       7.1. Master’s Thesis Requirements
The master’s thesis is understood to be an individual scientific project for graduation. It should
include an introduction of recent scientific findings of an aspect of the field of educational
and/or psychological research on teaching and learning, as well as the student’s own empirical
study on a self-developed research question. Based on available literature, students learn to
develop research questions independently; conceptualise their own study; conduct, evaluate,
present it in a written form; and discuss it critically. The master’s thesis should be 150,000–
270,000 characters in length and is worth 26 ECTS credits.
The topic for the master’s thesis should be selected in the beginning of the third study semester.
The topic may be suggested by the student or by the supervisor, but necessarily needs to be
agreed upon by the supervisor. As a rule, students are supposed to contact a professor in
advance to ask for thesis supervision.

       7.2. Graduation and Thesis Submission Deadline
Students need to officially register their thesis topics in the Examination Office during the first
two weeks of the third semester. After the topic registration, students have 26 weeks to complete
the thesis. The thesis topic can be changed only once, and that change must occur within two
weeks after topic registration. No extension of the thesis submission deadline can be granted.
If the master’s thesis fails by either not meeting the deadline or receiving a grade lower than 4.0,
the student is allowed to repeat the Master’s Thesis requirement one time only.

       7.3. Master’s Certificate
Upon successful completion of the Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences, each
graduate student receives an official degree certificate, issued by the Examination Office of the
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, and is awarded the degree of Master of Science
(M.Sc.). Each graduate student receives a Master’s Certificate and a Diploma Supplement that
provides an explanation of the program and its grading system, as well as the official transcript
of all completed courses with grades and credits. The above-mentioned certificates are issued in
both English and German and bear the LMU seal.




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8. Study Abroad and Credit Transfer Policy
Students of the Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences may spend a study
semester abroad. This, however, is not compulsory. The Psychology Master’s Program in the
Learning Sciences is an international master’s program that builds on well-established networks
with other German and international universities, such as the Munich Center of the Learning
Sciences, which maintains a network with more than 30 universities with internationally
acknowledged expertise in the field of the Learning Sciences. Thus the program study provides
students with a multicultural experience.
Study semesters abroad may also be realised though the ERASMUS student exchange program
(bilateral agreements exist with a number of prestigious European universities such as the
Universidad de Barcelona, the Universidad de Zaragoza, and the University of Twente).
If a student decides to attend a study semester abroad, this should be done in the third study
semester. By that time, the student should have a solid knowledge basis in the field of the
Learning Sciences, which would be expanded by attending international partner universities and
study programs with a focus on the Learning Sciences.
Further information on the study semester abroad will be online in spring 2011.

The credit transfer policy in the program complies with the standards introduced by the Bologna
reform:
    • Study semesters and exams completed at other universities/vocational schools/vocational
       academies in Germany will be acknowledged if they are of value equal to those of the
       Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences.
    • Study semesters and exams completed in another department at Ludwig-Maximilians-
       University of Munich will be acknowledged if they are of value equal to those of the
       Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences.
    • Study semesters and exams completed during distant studying will be acknowledged if
       the content of the courses is of value equal to the present courses offered in the
       Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences. The same applies to successful
       participation in courses offered by the Virtual University of Bavaria (http://www.vhb.org).
    • Study semesters and exams completed at foreign universities will be acknowledged if
       they are of value equal to those of the Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning
       Sciences.
    • Study semesters and exams completed at foreign universities are considered of equal
       value if their content and workload correspond to the content and workload of
       comparable courses offered by LMU.
    • If the exams completed at foreign universities are acknowledged, the German equivalents
       and credit points of the grades will be transferred and included in the final grade point
       average.
    • Students are supposed to submit the necessary documents for credit transfer by the end
       of the first study semester after the courses are completed at the latest.
    • More information regarding credit transfer policies and the necessary documents will be
       available at the Examination Office and at the Programme Coordination Office in 2011.




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9. Support and Counselling
The coordinator of the program is responsible for counselling and supporting students in study-
related issues. At the beginning of each study semester, the coordinator gives important
information about the study regulations, academic and course schedule, examinations, and so
forth. Students can get individual counselling on study-related questions during the counselling
hour in the Coordination Office. In addition, once per semester the Examination Office notifies
the students about their passed/failed module and partial module exams by means of a printout
(Kontoauszug) from the students’ personal study accounts.
All students are supported by mentors, who are instructors in the study program. Students are
split into small groups of two or three and are assigned to a mentor. Each mentor group meets
at least once per semester to discuss study-related issues.



Don't hesistate to contact us:




Nicole Heitzmann, M.A. (Coordinator)

Office Adress:
Room 212
Leopoldstr. 11
80802 Munich
Germany

Post Adress:
Chair of Education and Educational Psychology
Room 3413
Leopoldstr. 13,
80802 Munich
Germany

Telephone: +49-(0)89-2180-72 545
Fax: +49-(0)89-2180-16540

E-Mail:   masterlearningsciences@psy.lmu.de

Office hours: Only by e-mail appointment




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