Utrecht University

Educational Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
Better education and training for all are of the utmost importance when it comes to developing our society. In this Educational Sciences Master’s programme offered by Utrecht University, you will learn to develop, evaluate and improve learning processes and learning environments from a variety of theoretical perspectives. 


At this Utrecht University's programme in Educational Sciences you will do so 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 Educational Sciences 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 programme 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
  • professtional 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 social issues and involvement from professional practice
  • Specialisation through electives


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 Included

  • Instructional Design and Evaluation
  • Learning in Organizations: Professional Learning
  • Academic Professional Educational Sciences
  • Educational Design & Consultancy
  • Research Plan Master's Thesis Educational Sciences
  • Elective Course
  • Master's Thesis Educational Sciences
  • Stage Master Onderwijswetenschappen
For more information, please check the programme website.

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • More details:

            For non-EU applicants only: if you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for scholarships, you should submit your application before February 1.

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

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          Academic Requirements

          Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.

          You have an expansive and deep knowledge of social sciences research methods and statistics: 

          • You are able to set up, conduct, statistically analyse and report on a scientific research project;
          • You have insight and knowledge of the development of education and commercial training programmes based on principles of teaching theory and design models;
          • You are able to guide innovations and change processes in organisations;
          • You are able to develop theoretically sound assessments;
          • You have an academic knowledge of educational psychology.
          Requested previous education

          • you'll need a foreign university Bachelor’s degree in Education Studies that is comparable in level, orientation and scale to a Dutch degree. 

          You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            15575 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            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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          For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

          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.


          Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

          • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
          • Holland Scholarships
          • Orange Tulip Scholarships
          • Canadian student loans
          • Fulbright / NAF
          • US Federal Loans
          • Erasmus+ Master loans

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