Learning in Interaction

How do students learn in schools? What role do individual differences play in learning? How can you improve learning environments to optimally help students learn and develop?

Common to all processes referred to in the questions above, is that they take place while and because we interact. Interaction is the motor of learning and development, and therefore key to improving education.

While we all can recognize these interactions, in this master’s track you will learn to take a scientific, evidence-based approach to better examine these day-to-day interactions. This master zooms in on the complex processes through which we learn academic subjects, develop cognitive and meta-cognitive skills, and acquire social competencies.

Different theoretical perspectives and didactic approaches come together in this master’s track. You will understand learning processes in context, and be capable to examine the challenges that arise in optimizing learning environments to learners' needs.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • revolves around learning processes
  • Current research meets education and practice
  • Close collaboration with staff in their research project
  • One-year internationally oriented master


Year 1

The track is designed to provide you with a blend of skills, theoretical background and practical experience required to understand learning processes and to (re)design learning environments.

Courses cover diverse evidence-based perspectives on learning processes and key characteristics of learners and context. This will enable you to apply design principles for optimal learning environments. In your research project (research proposal and thesis) you will work in small groups, guided by a staff member. Your research will be embedded in the research currently conducted by our researchers, so you can profit from our updated expertise and academic experience.

Connecting your academic training to practice is the focus on the internship. Here you will work within an organization (a school, university, publisher of educational materials, etc.) in trying to address a real issue where your expertise as an educational scientist is needed.


  • *Methods and Techniques for Evaluation Research
  • Learning in Human Interaction
  • *Master thesis
  • Learning in Interaction with Artefacts
  • *Internship
  • (If 5 EC Internship is chosen): Educational Organization & Management
  • Student Diversity in the (Inclusive) Classroom
  • Reflection in & on Learning


Courses marked * are general courses

Study abroad

Study abroad is optional

Consult about the possibilities with the program coordinator.

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
assessment interview Applicants might be invited to hold a (Skype/FaceTime) interview with the Admission Board as part of the application procedure.
previous education BA - or BSc in the Educational Sciences or in one of the other Social Sciences

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer based 237
TOEFL internet based 92

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 14650 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 September 2019 01 September 2019
01 September 2020 01 September 2020
EU/EEA students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020

After your studies

Job examples

  • Educational consultant
    • in all sectors of public and private education, as well as in public and private training.
  • The eveloper of educational materials
    • for any level of education, from primary- to higher education.
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Last updated July 10, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Sep 1, 2020
12 months
2,083 EUR
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Sep 1, 2019
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May 1, 2020
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