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About MCLS


The Munich Center of the Learning Sciences is the institutional platform at the LMU Munich advancing interdisciplinary research on the conditions, processes, and outcomes of learning, and simultaneously offering the best possible research-based education and research training in the Learning Sciences.

The collaborative research links social sciences and the natural sciences involving the disciplines Psychology, Educational Sciences, Sociology, Economy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Biology,  Medicine, and Economy as well as the specific subject didactics (e.g. Biological Education, Mathematic Education, etc.). The participating scientists share methodologically an empirical and quantitative orientation ranging from brain imaging and mathematical modelling methods of Cognitive Neuroscience, observation methods of cognition and behaviour research, formative and summative evaluation methods, to representative surveys and tests.

The MCLS strives for integrated research training in the Learning Sciences. Its scientists jointly offer three international, research-oriented programs: Two two-year master’s degree programs (M.Sc. in Psychology: Learning Sciences and M.Sc. in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology), and the three-years Doctoral Training Program Learning Sciences. The programs are taught in highly supportive, state-of-the-art environments within a strong international network of Learning Scientists. Besides these new training programs, the traditional disciplinary oriented Bachelor and Master Programs continue.

The MCLS further aims at improving learning and teaching in educational practice by reducing the time-to-curriculum transfer speed of recent research findings into pertinent study programs (e.g., pre-service and in-service teacher education programs) and by contributing to a state-of-the-art training for university teachers in a broad range of programs.