LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Psychology: Learning Sciences

M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Psychology, Pedagogy, Educational Sciences
English only
Winter semester:  01 Mar
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
directly at University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with credits in psychology, education, or related disciplines.

You also must have prior knowledge and experience in the following domains:

  1. Learning sciences: theoretical background, methods, and empirical findings concerning different aspects of learning and teaching in different educational contexts. These aspects encompass e.g. cognition, emotion, development, instruction, training, excellence, achievement, transfer, counseling, education, didactics, neuro-cognitive and clinical perspectives.
    In this field you need to prove at least 20 ECTS (1 ECTS credit equals 30 hours of work - including preparation, in-class time, homework, and examination); 30 or more ECTS credits are recommended for good chances of acceptance.
  2. Scientific research methods and statistics: you should be familiar with elements, key terms and processes of research designs and strategies as well as statistics (descriptive and inferential) and preferably statistical software (e.g. SPSS). Concepts that refer to descriptive statistics include measures of central tendency and dispersion, frequency distribution, Z-scores among others. Key terms that refer to inferential statistics are hypothesis-testing, one- and two-tailed tests, bivariate correlation and regression, method of ordinary least squares (OLS), one-way independent ANOVA and factorial ANOVA, t-test, and t-distribution and chi-square tests among others.
    Again, you must prove at least 20 ECTS in this field; 30 or more ECTS credits are recommended for good chances of acceptance.
  3. Academic skills: academic skills refer to the skills necessary to find, process, understand, interpret, evaluate, discuss and present research.
    These skills might have been taught in courses explicitly, or might have been obtained in other classes implicitly. Either way, you need to prove at least 10 ECTS in this field; 20 or more ECTS credits are recommended for good chances of acceptance.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

CERF English
min B2
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
Specification: With a score of 177.
min 6.5
min 211
min 79
min 548
min B2 First (FCE)
Specification: With grade B.
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? yes

Additional information:
This list is not exhaustive and any other proof of English proficiency will be evaluated on a case-to-case basis by the selection committee. Usually, previous studies conducted in English are sufficient, but ONLY if you do provide some form of proof for it during the online application. Additionally, your English skills will be validated during the interview.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
Admission test/interview:
directly at University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

If documents are issued in a language other than German or English, a certified translation of the document is required.

The following application documents are required in PDF format:

  1. Curriculum vitae with up-to-date information.
  2. A copy of the bachelor’s certificate (or equivalent). Applicants who have not yet finished their bachelor’s studies are required to upload a letter from their university, confirming the expected date of graduation instead.
  3. Transcript of records from the bachelor’s program, which includes all completed courses and obtained grades. By the time of application, students must have completed the majority of the courses specified in their program curriculum.
  4. Prior knowledge table that indicates your knowledge in learning sciences, scientific research methods and statistics, and academic skills (see previous degree).
  5. Essay (ca. 500 words) in English. It should address which specific skills, qualifications, and interests qualify you as an applicant to study in the psychology master’s program in the learning sciences.
  6. An elaborate analysis of a specific article from a scientific journal in accordance with an assessment sheet issued by the Department of Psychology. The task of this analysis is to answer questions regarding the article available on the application tool.
    Further information on the analysis and access to the specific article is available only on the Online Application Tool (Tab: Scientific Understanding). The tool opens in Mid January, you will not get access to it earlier.
  7. Proof of English proficiency (see language requirements).

If you are an international student, make sure to additionally send the required hard copies to the program.

It is recommended to send them by end of March, but the university will accept them until May 15th (you may wait until you get first results from the review/interview phase before sending them, if they still arrive in time).

Should you not be able to hold this deadline, please contact the coordination immediately. The university will confirm the arrival of the documents via mail.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website