Radboud University

Gifted Education, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
The Master's specialisation in Gifted Education will challenge you to look beyond the accepted views on giftedness, beyond protocols and beyond the Netherlands. You will become a scientist practitioner able to work as a remedial educationalist, educational advisor, policy maker, or researcher at schools, school advisory services, (governmental) organisations and research centres.


For a long time we believed that smart children would make it on their own. But that’s a misconception. They can rapidly adapt to expectations and their peers, covering up their giftedness. And as a result, their talent is lost and a learning or behavioural disability could even arise. Therefore, there’s plenty for remedial educationalists to do!

Giftedness is more than IQ. Physical, musical, social and creative abilities are also involved. You will study how personal characteristics – like motivation and performance anxiety – abilities, and surroundings influence each other. You will learn how to identify the needs of a gifted pupil. You will test your gut feeling with research results. You will be critical of both your field and your own talents and talent development. You will investigate the conflict between stimulating talent and being fearful of doing so. Do we want people to excel? Do we dare to want it?

Unique focus

The Master’s specialisation in Gifted Education at Radboud University is the only Master’s specialisation in the Netherlands that focuses on giftedness.

The programme works closely with the Centre for the Study of Giftedness (CBO), the only academic research institute that focuses on giftedness. Lianne Hoogeveen, head of the institute and developmental psychologist, is one of the lecturers within this specialisation. She regularly has contact with clients and uses real-life experiences as examples in her lectures.

Experience and expertise

The expertise of the research group ensures there is a good relationship with schools, organisations and, for example, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. For you, this offers interesting internships, real-life case studies, relevant thesis subjects and invaluable contacts in and outside the Netherlands.

International perspective

Giftedness affects a relatively small group of children and it’s therefore important to see what’s happening outside of the Netherlands. An international programme as this one is ideally suited for this. Since this programme is partially or completely (depending on the chosen track) in English, you will finish with proof that you have a thorough command of English suitable for working in the field in many countries around the world.

Programme Structure

In this Master’s specialisation you will take general Pedagogical Sciences courses and two courses specifically geared to the subject of Gifted Education, once of which will be taken abroad. You will do an internship and write a thesis, the later of which you can also do abroad.

Courses Gifted Education
  • Educating the Gifted (4 EC)You will study theories and models about giftedness and will gain knowledge on intervention methods. You will learn how to recognise and describe giftedness and how to contribute to solving problems regarding giftedness.
  • Elective abroad (4 EC)
General courses Pedagogical Sciences
  • Juvenile law, policy and ethics (4 EC)You will study the different way policies, law and ethics are interconnected in the fields of upbringing, education and youth and family care.
  • Complex Systems (4 EC)You will gain insight in the complex systems that play a part in behaviour and therefore also upbringing, education and youth care. You will study the different components that play a role in complex systems as families, classes, schools but also in humans, the brain and even cells.
  • Diagnostiek (5 EC) only in clinical programme (only in Dutch)Je leer teen diagnostisch proces uit te voeren in de praktijk volgens de Diagnotische Cyclus. Aan de hand van een casus uit de stage-instelling bestudeer je de overeenkomsten en verschillen tussen de werkwijze in de praktijk en de werkwijze volgens de Diagnostische Cyclus.
  • Coaching (4 EC)You will learn to coach and support other professions in a team. You will gain knowledge about different coaching methods. Most of these assignments will preformed during your internship.
Practical and research
  • Internship (20 EC)
  • Master’s thesis (15 EC)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

1. A Bachelor's degree in Pedagogical Science or a related discipline.

  • Knowledge of relevant domains in the field of Pedagogical Sciences
  • Proficiency in academic writing and critical reflection
  • Proficiency in empirical research practice
  • Proficiency in maintaining a professional attitude

2. English proficiency

  • Are a citizen of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA, or South Africa; or
  • Have a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma.
  • A TOEFL score of >=550 (paper based) or >=80 (internet based)
  • A IELTS score of >=6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    9879 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9879 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Nijmegen

  • 880 - 1400 EUR/month
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There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Russia and China.Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Radboud Scholarship Programme

Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

Holland Scholarship Programme

Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.

Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)

Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.

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