MAster in Educational Sciences

Utrecht University

Program Description

MAster in Educational Sciences

Utrecht University


Better education and training for all are of the utmost importance when it comes to developing our society. In this Master’s program, you will learn to develop, evaluate and improve learning processes and learning environments from a variety of theoretical perspectives. 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 study program, you will learn to optimize learning environments so that they meet the needs of the learners themselves and of society as a whole.

During the program, 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 organizations
  • professional development and Human Resource Development (HRD)
  • research methods and skills

What can you expect?

  1. Focus on learning and learning environments
  2. Training on how to conduct research
  3. Strong link between theory and practice
  4. Multidisciplinary, international orientation
  5. Ties to societal issues and involvement from professional practice
  6. Specialization through electives.


This Master’s program is offered in a full-time variant (average of 40 hours of study per week) or a part-time variant (average of 20 hours of study per week).

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.

Towards the Job Market

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

The organizations where our graduates end up are extremely diverse, and include, for instance: NCOI, CapGemini, Rabobank and CITO, as well as the Dutch Education Inspectorate, the police, vocational schools, and universities of applied sciences.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 28, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 year
Part time
Full time
2,083 EUR
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 15,575, 2019-20: € 16,600
Netherlands - Utrecht, Utrecht
Start date : Sept. 2019
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