Applied Socio-Pedagogical Educational Research (M.A.)

Applied Socio-Pedagogical Educational Research - A research-oriented Master’s degree

Applied Socio-Pedagogical Educational Research explores how successful educational processes are initiated and shaped in the global context against the background of social structures. The programme is trans-disciplinary. In addition to subject-specific pedagogical, sociological and management-related approaches, historical and philosophical perspectives also play an important role.

Programme objectives

This Master programme acts as the interface between the acquisition of professional skills on the one hand and an academic qualification on the other. It aims to enhance students’ knowledge of research methodology so they are able to carry out application-related practical research independently and on the basis of pedagogical principles.

This full-time programme awards 90 Credits (workload 750 hrs per semester).

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Applied Socio-Pedagogical Educational Research (M.A.)

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Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedMaster of Arts (M.A.)
FacultySocial Work, Education and Nursing Sciences
CampusEsslingen Hilltop Campus
Number of semesters3
Language of instructionGerman

Application for the summer semester from 15 October to 15 January

Information on admission requirements
  • Degree in social work, education /educational science, early childhood education, or a degree from a comparable degree programme (Bachelor/Diplom)
  • Programme places: 15

Application and Admission

Applications for this degree programme must be submitted online via the application portal for Master programmes at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

The deadlines for submitting applications are

  • 15 January for the summer semester.

Information on the accompanying documents which must be submitted can be found in the
Checklist for Master programmes.

Students may commence this degree programme in the summer semester only.

Additional documents which must be submitted with your application:


Applicants with a degree from a foreign university

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences requires a university degree gained at a foreign university to be recognised by the Center for International Students at Constance University of Applied Sciences (Studienkolleg Konstanz).

Career prospects

The professional ability to operate in the vocational fields of relevance is improved overall by having the skill to adopt a research perspective and the enhanced pedagogical ability to reflect which results from this.

On completion of the Master programme, you can work in formal, non-formal and informal education, depending on the specialisation you selected for your Bachelor’s degree. For example:

  • in all professional fields of early childhood education
  • in all professional fields of social work
  • in all professional fields of remedial teaching
  • in schools with inclusive settings
  • in adult education facilities providing further and advanced training and education
  • in leisure education
  • in non-formal education and mentoring
  • in media-based culture communication and media consultancy
  • in education planning and education management

The programme opens up the possibility to go on to pursue a career at a university. On completion of their doctoral studies, educational researchers can work in research and teaching at universities and universities of applied sciences, and public and private research institutions.


Interested? Apply! for the Wintersemester 2023/24