M.Sc. On Campus

Youth, Education and Society

12 months
17500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Youth, Education and Society programme at Utrecht University is the only Master’s programme in the Netherlands that specifically focuses on innovating pedagogical policy and practice, both nationally and internationally.


Innovation In Pedagogic Services

If you want to make a contribution to these contemporary social challenges involving the relationship between children and youth and their guardians and educators, this might be the Master's for you.

In this programme you will learn how to research issues surrounding children and youth, and contribute to the drafting of new policies that can improve their position, welfare and development. 

The Youth, Education and Society programme at Utrecht University will teach you about:

  • the quality of pedagogical and educational services, such as childcare, youth care, schools and sports clubs;
  • how to look at pedagogy that addresses societal issues such as cultural diversity, inclusion, and social justice;
  • how to use academic pedagogical knowledge in intercultural, interdisciplinary, and international collaboration;
  • professional practice in relation to initiatives undertaken by civil society and youth themselves.

Developing An International Vision

We will also be looking beyond our borders. After all, global developments (such as globalisation, poverty and migration) have had a major impact on the quality of life for children and youth. And we will also be analysing pedagogical services through an international lens:
  • What frameworks are used in setting up youth care in the Netherlands compared to countries outside of Europe?
  • How can the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child be given shape in youth policy worldwide?

Career Prospects

This programme leads to the Master of Science (MSc) diploma and the NVO registration as Educationalist (basis pedagoog). After receiving your diploma, you can work in various types of jobs.

Academic Career

Past experience has shown that students who have completed this programme are well prepared for a job as a junior researcher or PhD candidate.

Transition To The Labour Market

The Master’s programme in Youth, Education and Society prepares you for professions 
  •  that involve the development of pedagogical policy;
  •  that put pedagogical support and advice centre stage;
  • that research pedagogical themes;
  • that analyse and use pedagogical knowledge in conjunction with other disciplines.


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Youth, Education And Society 01: Paradigms & Global Perspectives
  • Youth, Education And Society 05: Academic Professional
  • Youth, Education And Society 03: Prevention 3.0: Perspectives & Design
  • Youth, Education And Society 08: Practical
  • Youth, Education And Society 05: Academic Professional

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Please note that the application deadline for students with an EU/EEA or Swiss nationality may be extended to 1 June.




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An academic Bachelor’s degree. Our International Students Admission’s office will verify whether a non-Dutch academic degree is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch research university. All international Bachelor’s degrees are evaluated based on standards set by the NUFFIC. 
  • If your degree is assessed as less than equivalent to a 3-year Dutch research University degree, or as a bachelor from a university of applied sciences, you are most likely not eligible for admission. 
  • Sufficient command of the English Language
  • Motivation that fits the aim of this programme.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    17500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17500 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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