12 months
17500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


In the Educational Sciences programme at Utrecht University, you will learn to develop, evaluate and improve learning processes and learning environments from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

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Improving Learning, Education And Training

You will learn by means of state-of-the-art methods and approaches in several different contexts; from a classroom setting to the non-profit and commercial sectors, and with a focus on people in all phases of life. 

This means that the person doing the learning may be a pupil, student or employee, but also a lecturer, educator or trainer, depending on the context. During the study programme, you will learn to optimise learning environments so that they meet the needs of the learners themselves and of society as a whole.

During the Educational Sciences  programme at Utrecht University  you will master an academic educational scientific and systematic approach. You will acquire and further develop theoretical knowledge of:

  • instruction design, including
  • e-learning
  • educational psychology
  • assessment and evaluation
  • change management in organisations
  • professional development and Human Resource Development (HRD)
  • research methods and skills

What can you expect?

  • Focus on learning and learning environments
  • Training on how to conduct research
  • Strong link between theory and practice
  • Multidisciplinary, international orientation
  • Ties to societal issues and involvement from professional practice
  • Specialisation through electives

Career Prospects

Your chances of finding a job as an education scientist are extremely good. On average, our graduates only spend three months looking for a job, and more than 90% are employed (Studiegids 123), almost all of whom are employed at the higher professional education level or higher.

Education scientists work everywhere that people learn, and they occupy a variety of positions, such as:

  • Teaching resources developer
  • E-learning developer
  • Trainer in the non-profit and commercial sectors
  • Change management consultant
  • Education innovation policy assistant
  • Educational science researcher


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Instructional Design and Evaluation

  • Learning in Organizations: Professional Learning

  • Academic Professional Educational Sciences

  • Educational Design & Consultancy

  • Research Plan Master's Thesis

  • 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

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.

Dutch and other EU/EEA students part-time fee: €1,963

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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