• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

The Master of Science in Educational Studies offers a research-based and research-oriented programme providing broad expertise in the field of education. You will gain:

  • a thorough understanding of several theoretical approaches and methodologies to study, evaluate and discuss educational issues;
  • the necessary competencies and skills to conduct educational research, design instruments, develop training modules and curricula, guide and evaluate innovation processes and engage with the historical and global aspects of education
  • insight into instructional psychology, intercultural education, school development, professional and continuing education and educational policies.

Through lectures, assignments and research seminars, the experienced teaching staff will provide you with an overview of basic theories and recent developments in the field of educational studies. In your master’s thesis you are given the opportunity to work with KU Leuven professors on their research, helping you to both develop your aptitude for scholarship in the field and to contribute to the field’s body of knowledge at the same time.

Objectives

The main objective of the program is to encourage a profound knowledge and a deep understanding based on scientific educational research for those people who have already obtained a professional or academic degree and strive for a career in the field of education. The program offers a thorough understanding of educational models and insights in methodology, pedagogy and education to define educational issues and create learning environments to support and optimize the educational development of people (from early years to adulthood).

The Master of Science of Educational Studies embodies a scientific-professional and critical-reflective attitude and has attention for contemporary and societal developments and for the growing complexity in educational processes. The master is systematically and profoundly trained, is competent in translating research results to educational practices and is trained to approach educational issues in the practice of the classroom and the school in a scientific way and to give a justification for his/her approach. .

The master demonstrates concern and an engagement towards the education of young children and adults and a loving care and attention for the learning abilities of each person.

Career perspectives

Master of Science in Educational Studies graduates go on to pursue careers as educational advisors, coordinators or managers in schools or in other educational settings. They are also qualified to play a role in the design and implementation of educational policies, in labour organisations and organisations concerned with vocational and professional education, as well as in community education and lifelong learning.

Successful graduates are also equipped to participate in research projects in Belgium and abroad and may go on to undertake a PhD before embarking on an international career.

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Programme Structure

Compulsory Courses

  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Psychology
  • History of Modern Educational Systems
  • Educational Effectiveness
  • Migration and Transcultural Relationships in Educational Practices
  • Issues in Teacher and School Development

Master's Thesis

Optional Courses

  • Philosophy of Mind and Artificial Intelligence
  • Development Cooperation
  • Psychology of Individual Judgment and Decision Making
  • Anthropology, Communication and Diversity
  • Intercultural Interaction: Concepts, Approaches, Practices
  • Education Economics
  • Interdisciplinary Project
  • Mondial Education
  • Organizational Decision Making and Change

Audience

  • You want to develop a research-based understanding of educational processes, taking into account the various factors that play a role at the level of day-to-day practice, organisation, educational policy and society.
  • You have a sound methodological competence, knowledge of theoretical frameworks and insights in the historical, philosophical ... embeddedness of educational processes and dynamics.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Eligible for direct access to the Master’s programme:

  • Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Sciences.
Eligible to apply for the Preparatory Programme:
  • Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences, any other Bachelor’s degree in combination with a teacher qualification or any Master’s or Doctoral degree.

All candidates need proof of English proficiency and Chinese students need an APS certificate. 

For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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