Ethics of Education - Philosophy, History and Law, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
In the Mastertrack Ethics of Education you learn to analyze moral issues and discussions in order to design policies and procedures and to take decisions. The Ethics of Education - Philosophy, History and Law programme is offered by the University of Groningen.


The Ethics of Education - Philosophy, History and Law programme is offered by the University of Groningen. In education there are a number of different interests to be considered:

the interests of the children, their parents, the groups to which they belong (e.g. religious or ethnic minorities), and the interests of society.

These interests are often difficult to define and they can often be at odds with each other. How do we establish what is the best practice or policy? How do we assess and attune conflicting interests or claims? How do we decide in the case of strong differences of opinion and perception?

Educational professionals need to have the competences to analyse and discuss moral,  legal and policy-related issues. Some of them need to be extra-proficient in this area in order to be able to advise other professionals, managers, policy makers, politicians, and governments. The Ethics of Education Master's course provides the right learning environment to enable you to develop this extra expertise. You will acquire the relevant competences and learn to apply these in the professional contexts of research, policy making and consultancy.


The Master Ethics of Education prepares students for positions within organisations, authorities and media in the fields of education, vocational education, child care, child protection services and suchlike. This might include roles involving advice, supervision, policy-development, further education, life long learning communication and research.

During the Master students become familiar with the field of work and follow workshops aimed at developing and practicing professional skills. In the workshops, students are introduced to teaching in HBO institutions (Higher Vocational Education) and to the training of professionals (Teaching & Training) and to formulating advice for practice and policy (Policy & Consultancy). The Master's programme also includes a short training placement comprising of 5 ECTS.

Programme Structure

The subjects of the three thematic courses are the following:

In the best interest of the child: the guiding principle in decision making concerning children and in discussions on child rearing, child and youth care and education, is that the best interest of the child should take priority. 

Citizenship development and education: a core function of child rearing and education is citizenship education. There is much controversy regarding the nature of good citizenship and on how child rearing and education might contribute to its development. 

Professionalization: scientification and professionalization influence work practices in education, child and youth care and how children and young people are perceived and treated. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor Pedagogical Sciences, Educational Sciences, Social Sciences or a similar relevant Bachelor's degree (e.g. Youth Studies, Special Needs Education etc.) and sufficient knowledge of methodology.
  • Candidates must supply two references/letters of recommendation from academic referees who have detailed knowledge of their academic record.
  • Write (type) a letter (no larger than one A4 sheet) explaining your motivation to follow this programme. 
  • Other admission requirements: a completed University Bachelor's degree in Educational Sciences. A completed (related) degree from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO) plus a completed one year transition programme (SPO). 

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      14200 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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      2060 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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    Living costs for Groningen

    • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
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