The Master of Educational Sciences programme consists of the base course and one core study area. In the base course, the students take a module aimed at developing their research skills and a themed module on current challenges in academic and social education.
Students have a choice of five electives for their core study area: «Innovation in Education and Training», «Intercultural and Comparative Education», «Globalisation and Education», «Early Childhood Education and Child Research», «Education/Psychology».
The «Education/Psychology» elective is taught jointly by the departments of Educational Sciences and Psychology.
Profile of the study programme
The educational sciences deal with learning processes and the global issue of social and academic education in children, adolescents and adults. The programmes teach the theoretical bases of social and academic education, developmental psychology and educational psychology.
The Educational Sciences programme is divided into three sections: A base course, consisting of a module which teaches students research skills, and a themed module on current challenges in social and academic education.
The base course is identical for all Master's students, in addition to which they also take one core study area. Here, the possible variants are:
- Intercultural and Comparative Education
- Innovation in Education and Training
- Globalisation and Education
- Early Childhood Education and Child Research
The Education/Psychology elective is taught jointly by the departments of Educational Sciences and Psychology. It consists of two modules each, one in the field of Education Sciences and one in the field of Psychology.
The compulsory modules in the Educational Sciences are those which teach students advanced and specialist research skills. These build on the knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods that students acquired at the Bachelor level.
The module covering current challenges in social and academic education teaches students the bases for systematic, comparative investigation into the question of how the education system is dealing with current social challenges.
In Psychology, the following modules are offered: foundations of psychology, advanced cognitive psychology, advanced occupational and organisational psychology, and clinical psychology.
Structure of studies
90 ECTS credits + 30 ECTS credits as an option in a minor study programme freely chosen or in a specialisation programme, 3-4 semesters
Master's degree programmes are built on the knowledge and abilities that were acquired when obtaining a Bachelor's degree.
Holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded from a Swiss university can be admitted to a Master's degree programme within the corresponding discipline (requires the acquisition of minimum 60 ECTS credits at Bachelor level in the corresponding discipline) without any additional requirements. The same applies to holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded by a foreign university, provided that the Bachelor's degree is recognised and considered equivalent by the University of Fribourg.
Holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded from a Swiss university or holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded by a foreign university, provided that the Bachelor's degree is recognised and considered equivalent by the University of Fribourg, can be admitted to a Master's degree programme within another discipline with prerequisites (must be successfully completed before starting the Master's degree programme) or additional requirements (can be completed during the Master's degree programme). According to existing agreements, holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded from a Swiss university of applied sciences can also be admitted with prerequisites or additional requirements.
The respective conditions of admission for each Master's degree programme are reserved.
Also offered as a minor study programme and as a specialisation programme (30 ECTS credits).