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17280 EUR/year
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The Educational Sciences - Learning in Interaction programme at Utrecht University is recognised as a high quality programme and has been awarded several high ratings by different ranking-organisations in the Netherlands.

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Explore The Complexity Of Cognitive And Social Learning Processes

Do you want to disentangle and understand the complex interaction of development, education, and learning? Are you curious about how processes in educational contexts relate to the cognitive and social development of children, youth, and adults? 

The Master’s programme in Educational Sciences - Learning in Interaction  at Utrecht University  invites you to tackle these topics and more.

Education can sometimes be dull and ineffective. We can change that through recognising and developing the concept that we never learn alone. We always learn by interacting with someone or something, such as:

  • People who are more knowledgeable than us  (teachers or more advanced fellow students)
  • People who are equally knowledgeable as us (peers or in teams)
  • Artefacts (the environment around us, books, computers, etc.)

If you’re interested in learning about and carrying out high-quality research into these interactions, you can make a real difference in learning, teaching, and instruction.


This programme is designed to prepare you for a career in research: inside academia (as a PhD candidate), or as a researcher in another institution in the field of education. Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction is offered by the Department of Education and Pedagogy, which in turn is part of Utrecht University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.


This multidisciplinary two-year programme allows you to synthesize insights from education, psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics. Our lecturers represent different disciplinary backgrounds, such as developmental psychology, educational sciences, experimental psychology, human movement science, linguistics, pedagogy, natural sciences, and sociology. This broad range of perspectives will help you develop a comprehensive outlook on issues in educational sciences.

Career Prospects

This programme prepares you for a position as a researcher in a university context, such as a PhD candidate, and it also prepares you for high-level academic positions in the educational practice and policy field.

Professional Career

The programme also prepares you for a career as an applied researcher in educational institutions and services, such as:

  • Education and educational research departments at universities, colleges, and professional colleges/polytechnics
  • Teacher education colleges and universities
  • University-related research centres, educational service agencies, and knowledge centres
  • School and child advisory services
  • Governmental educational departments and inspectorates
  • Non-profit, private, and/or commercial educational research institutes and knowledge centres.


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories in Learning
  • Educational Neuroscience
  • Advanced Statistics: Multivariate Statistics in Practice
  • Integrative Practical 
  • Theories on Teachers and Teaching
  • Individual Differences in Learning, Educational Outcomes and Special Needs Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An academic Bachelor's degree in Social or Behavioural Sciences, in an area that is relevant for the programme such as educational sciences, pedagogical sciences, educational or cognitive psychology, learning sciences, knowledge engineering, or in a specific discipline with interest in pedagogical content knowledge or pedagogy.
  • A minimum average grade of 7.5 in the Dutch system or an international equivalent
  • Sufficient academic knowledge and skills in methods and statistics
  • Sufficient command of the English language
  • Motivation that fits the aim of this programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17280 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 17280 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.

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.


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