Education Sciences Master’s Degree

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There are three pathways in this Master’s Degree:

  • Learning and training: cultures, practices, research (E&F)

  • Strategy and Engineering in Adult Education (SIFA)

  • Learning and Training Technologies (TEF)


This course adopts a two-fold epistemic and praxeologial approach to provide students with training in/through Humanities and Social Sciences (SHS) / Learning Sciences (SE) research and is based on a variety of fields that are transferable to many different workplaces: schools (primary and secondary), adult education, social work, arts, health, industry, higher education, lifelong learning, Open Distance Learning (ODL), e-learning, associative networks, NGOs.

Target characteristics:

  • Strong local footing (scientific, professional, community).

  • Networking of stakeholders involved in and associated with the training (researchers and practitioners).

  • Continuity guaranteed between the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

  • Open to practitioners with support provided for adults returning to education.

  • Student, research unit and institutional participation in the training.

  • Focus on personal project (scientifically or vocationally oriented).


  • Understanding how learning and training institutions work and be able to act appropriately on the basis of valid knowledge.

  • Developing the ability to conduct objective investigations to document professional, expert and research questions.

  • Developing the capacity for distancing, reflexivity, cooperation, argumentative dialogue, formalization and deliberation guided by deontological and ethical principles.

  • Ability to integrate into an academic and professional environment and understand its culture and constraints in order to act in an informed manner.

  • Specific skills are developed in each pathway.

Course Content

Each year includes:

Modules, divided into:

  • Core syllabus on the notions, concepts, theoretical and methodological foundations common to all pathways (M1: 150 hours / M2: 42 hours).

  • Core modules for the SIFA & TEF pathways: 122 hours (M1: 82 hours / M2: 60 hours).

  • Specific modules for each pathway: E&F pathway: 540 hours (M1: 237 hours / M2: 303 hours); SIFA pathway: 294 hours (M1: 72 hours / M2: 222 hours); TEF pathway: 312 hours (M1: 72 hours / M2: 240 hours)

Note: Some E&F pathway hours are shared and run in partnership with the Learning Sciences Masters’ Degrees of the Universities of Nantes, Brest and Le Mans. 131 hours (M1: 60 hours / M2: 71 hours).


All students undertake a professional internship, guaranteeing their future professional integration, career development or progress of their research study. The internship involves:

  • 50 hours (M1), 75 hours (M2) per semester for students on the E&F pathway;

  • 300 hours per semester for students on the SIFA and TEF pathways (for participants who do not have a regular professional activity in the field of vocational training).