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Education Studies

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

50%: mandatory

25%: not required

Course commences: winter semester only
Standard course duration: 6 semesters
Focus options: 50%; 25%
Sprachnachweise: keine

Deutsch und Englisch

Format options: full-time / part-time

Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies

Course outline

As of the winter semester 07/08, the University of Heidelberg has been converting its former Magister and Diplom courses to B.A. and M.A. degree courses. At the Institute of Education Studies, the B.A. course described here replaces the Magister degree course in Education Studies. Focus options for the B.A. course are 50% (main course) and 25% (subsidiary or minor course).

Accordingly, the B.A. degree course in Education Studies can be selected as a first main subject (96 CP), a second main subject (84 CP) or as a subsidiary (minor) subject (35 CP).

Aims of the course

The B.A. course in Education Studies is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge required for the professional shaping of teaching and learning processes, a grounding in the methodologies and research theories essential to empirical Education Studies, knowledge of the fundamental theories underlying Education Studies in its societal and institutional contexts, the evolution of education in the course of transformation processes en route to a knowledge society, and professional counselling in education, professional life  and employment contexts.

Emphasis is also given to the acquisition of cross-disciplinary skills (including the “soft” variety) essential for student success. The Education Studies course includes a practical stage, which can take the shape either of an internship or of collaboration in a research project.

Course structure

The standard duration of the course is six semesters. In that time, students need to collect the number of credit points required for the focus option they have chosen (96 CP for Education Studies as a first main subject, 84 CP for Education Studies as a second main subject and 35 CP for Education Studies as a subsidiary (minor) subject. The course ends with a B.A. thesis and qualifies its graduates either to embark immediately on a professional career or to continue with their studies and take an M.A. course in the same subject.

The modules at a glance

Module 1: shaping teaching and learning processes
Module 2: methodological and research-theoretic foundations of empirical Education Studies
Module 3: theoretical foundations of Education Studies
Module 4: societal parameters and institutional contexts of education processes
Module 5: education paths in the transformation process leading to a knowledge-based society
Module 6: counselling in education, professional life and employment contexts
Elective-compulsory module 1: internship
Elective-compulsory module 2: research project
Cross-disciplinary skills: project management
E-learning skills
Skills for sustainable study
Preparation and follow-up of the practical stage
Acquisition of research skills
Preparation for professional life

Career prospects

Graduates from this B.A. course can expect to find a career for themselves in professional spheres involving client-centred activities (continuing education, counselling, instruction), organisation-centred activities (administration, planning, organisation), activities geared to the acquisition of skills and knowledge (teaching, instruction) and activities dedicated to the enhancement of skills and knowledge (education research).

Formal requirements


Admission to the B.A. course is not restricted. Click here for more information on how to enrol.

International applicants

There are special regulations for international applicants. For more information, apply to the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University (Seminarstraße 2).

Subject combinations

Subject combinations are listed in the catalogue of subjects.

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations B.A. Education Studies (last amended 7 February 2013)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.

M.A. course

Heidelberg University offers a consecutive M.A. course in Education Studies with a focus on Organisational Development.

Academic advisor

Dr. Hans-Peter Gerstner
Institute of Education Studies
Akademiestraße 3, Office 238
69117 Heidelberg
phone: +49 (0)6221 54 7514

Advisor for part-time studies:

Prof. Dr. Monika Buhl
Institute of Education Studies
Akademiestraße 3, Office 137
69117 Heidelberg
phone: +49 (0)6221-54-7483


Institute of Education Studies
Akademiestraße 3
D-69117 Heidelberg

Silvia Dernbach, Office 137
phone: +49 (0)6221-54-7522
fax: +49 (0)6221-54-7740


Student representation:
Café da lang (basement of the Institute)

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