12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Educational Sciences MSc programme at Leiden University offers students cutting-edge insights into the learning and developing child in education. Furthermore, students practice translating the implications of this knowledge to educational practices including instruction, social interaction, and assessment. 


Because learning and education are not ‘one-size-fits-all’ phenomena, individual differences between children receive ample attention.

Educational Sciences is one of the nine specialisations of the master’s programme in Education and Child Studies that you can choose at Leiden University.

This specialization offers a unique multidisciplinary approach: you will study children’s learning processes from a cognitive-psychological, social-emotional, and neurodevelopmental perspective. In addition to this multidisciplinary focus on the learning and developing child, the programme addresses the impact that the social and educational environment have. 

At the core of the programme as a whole is the idea that the Master’s  student develops a critical attitude towards research and practices in the field of learning and education, as well as the skills needed to bridge the gap between theory, research, and educational practice.

This Educational Sciences MSc programme at Leiden University is designed for you if you who wish to become an expert in the field of learning processes and development in educational settings. Key to the programme is its multidisciplinary approach: you will study the learning processes of children and adolescents from a cognitive-psychological, social-emotional, and neuroscientific perspective.

Career prospects

  • Once you have completed the specialisation Educational Science, you will be an expert in the field of child development in a school context. 
  • You will be up to date on the newest scientific insights into learning, language and arithmetic skills, brain development, application to teaching, and so on.

Programme Structure

These courses are devoted to the following subjects: 
  • Cognitive and neuropsychological mechanisms of learning
  • Psychological perspectives on education and their implications for instruction and assessment
  • Ongoing evaluation of learning for special needs children, and designing effective individualized programs
  • Backgrounds, meanings, and consequences of current educational innovations and interventions.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

Holders of one of the following degrees may be admitted to one of the specialisations of the programme:

  • a Bachelor’s degree Pedagogische Wetenschappen from Leiden University;
  • a research (i.e. not a professional) Bachelor’s degree programme in the field of Education and Child Studies, provided this programme contains (1) at least 20 ec in research methods and statistics of social and behavioral sciences and the use of data analyse software, and (2) at least 60 ec in Education and Child or Education and Child Studies relevant subjects.
  • Also admitted may be those who have successfully completed the Pre-master’s programme Pedagogische Wetenschappen (taught in Dutch) from Leiden University.
  • the Board of Admissions of the Institute of Education and Child Studies may, on request, admit persons to the Master’s programme who do not meet the requirements specified above, but who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board of Admissions that they possess the same level of knowledge, understanding and skills as holders of a degree specified above, and possibly under further conditions.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 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.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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