MSc Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction

Utrecht University

Program Description

MSc Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction

Utrecht University

We never learn alone. We always learn by interacting with someone or something.

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 invites you to tackle these topics and more.

Education can sometimes be dull and ineffective. We can change that through recognizing 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); or
  • artefacts (the environment around us, books, or computers).

There are more and more opportunities to use multimedia in the classroom. But is it always effective? It is crucial that the source of learning connects with the way our memory operates. Only then children can find their way through the material.

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 offered by the Department of Child, Family, and Education Studies is a part of Utrecht University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. It is based in the research priority area Education and Learning, which is embedded in local, national, and international research networks.


The presence of students from multiple countries offers you opportunities to explore issues in education and learning within a broader international perspective. Researchers and scholars from abroad are also invited for guest lectures and research seminars. We encourage all students to participate in international research seminars or to complete an internship abroad.


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, pedagogics, natural sciences, and sociology. This broad range of perspectives will help you develop a comprehensive outlook on issues in educational sciences.


As a graduate of this Master's programme, you’ll be a well-qualified practitioner in educational and learning sciences. You’ll have thorough knowledge of current developmental, learning, and teaching theories as well as the neurobiological basis of education and learning. In addition, you’ll have the tools and expertise to conduct high-quality research in education. The programme prepares you equally well for a career as a PhD candidate or as an applied researcher outside academia.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 12, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
1,951 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Utrecht
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Duration 2 years
Price 1,951 EUR
Statutory fee. Institutional fee: € 15,150 (2014-2015) € 15,330 (2015-2016)