Would you like to analyze and improve the communication possibilities of deafblind people? Then this is the program for you.
The Master's degree in Deafblindness (formerly: Communication and Deafblindness) is a unique program during which you acquire theoretical and methodological skills. These skills will enable you to analyze communication in situations that are specific to the field of deafblindness. You will learn to apply this knowledge in the contexts of research and intervention. The program is especially interesting for those who are already working as professionals and who would like to expand their basic knowledge and research skills.
The program starts with the course Introduction to Communication with people with Deafblindness. In this course, you will learn about fundamental communicative processes, including topics like early symbolic communication and narratives and the role of gestures in communication and thinking.
After the introductory course, students receive coaching in methodology. You will also perform a practical training and write a learner's report. In addition, you will carry out research and write a Master's thesis.
Why study this program in Groningen?
- The only program in the world focussing on communication with people who are deafblind
- Aims at providing deafblind and hearing sighted persons with tools that help them communicate
- Tools acquired in this program are also applicable to other people with disabilities
- students from certain countries are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme grant
- Introduction to Deafblindness (5 EC)
- Master project and thesis (50 EC)
- Theories and Models (5 EC)
- Study abroad is optional
- Maximum of 30 EC
If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics and Research Methodology then we offer the possibility to take pre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if you would qualify for this.
A bachelor's degree program in special needs, education or another relevant bachelor's degree program and sufficient knowledge of methodology.
A non-relevant bachelor's degree and a completed SPO premaster.
||If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics and Research Methodology then we offer the possibility to take pre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if you would qualify for this.
||The official language of the program is English. Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the following standard tests: TOEFL: ≥ 580 paper-based test, ≥ 237 computer-based test; ≥ 92 internet-based; IELTS (Academic): ≥ Band 6.5 Official test results must be supplied. Please note, we do not accept Institutional TOEFL results as evidence of English proficiency.
||Bachelor Pedagogical Sciences, Educational Sciences, Social Sciences or a similar relevant Bachelor's degree (for example Youth Studies, Special Needs Education) and sufficient knowledge of methodology.
||Candidates must supply two references/letters of recommendation from academic referees who have detailed knowledge of their academic records.
Please register through StudieLink. After you have submitted your details in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with the information necessary to activate your user account for OAS (the Online Application System).
Please upload the following documents in OAS:
- A certified copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of which you ask admission to our program (both original language and translated in English)
- A certified copy of your transcript of records (both original language and translated in English)
- A certified copy of your results for one of the mentioned English tests (exemption for native speakers)
- A copy of your passport or ID card
- A letter of motivation
Write (type) a letter (no larger than one A4 sheet) explaining your motivation to follow this program. You should consider at least the following topics:
- Your motivation to study at a Master's level;
- Relevant study and/or work experience;
- Areas of particular interest in this Master's program;
- Career perspectives and in what way completing this Master's program would contribute to accomplish them.
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To apply for this program, first, go to Studielink. After you have submitted your details in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with the information necessary to activate your user account for OAS (the Online Application System).
Then, please upload the following documents in OAS:
- A certified copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of which you ask admission to our program (both original language and translated in English);
- A certified copy of your transcript of records (both original language and translated in English);
- A certified copy of your results for one of the mentioned English tests (except for native speakers);
- A copy of your passport or ID card;
- A letter of motivation;
- Two references.
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After graduation, you have the knowledge and skills needed to work in the field of education related to deafblindness. This program gives you a good basis for consultancy work in education and for further research.
Research Center on Profound and Multiple Disabilities
The Master program Deafblindness is linked to the Research Centre on Profound and Multiple Disabilities.
Field of research
- Domains for research are concentrated on the topic of communication with people with deafblindness;
- Research is also conducted in the field of people who are deafblind and have additional disabilities, or in the field of people with sensory and multiple disabilities;
- Research lines are meaning-creation, tactile communication, assessment, communication and transition to a cultural language.