MSc in Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction


Program Description

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.


Year 1

The first semester is largely reserved for methodological and theoretical deepening. The second half of the first semester also includes an internship or professional orientation, in which the student explores the later professional field on the basis of a concrete question.

The second semester, in addition to following a few courses, is largely devoted to working on the master's thesis, under the supervision of a research project supervisor. A forum is the completion of this part. The student gives an oral presentation with a debate about the research project.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

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Previous education

Toelichting op de tabel "Doorstroommogelijkheden". Verwante HBO-opleidingen zijn: ALO/CALO, PABO (of PA), HBO-pedagogiek, HKP, HPO, HSAO, vierjarige tweedegraads lerarenopleidingen en HBO-psychologie.

Written request

Studenten met een

  • Ander bachelordiploma aan de RUG
  • Bachelordiploma aan een andere universiteit dan RUG
  • Niet verwant hbo- of universitair diploma
  • Bachelordiploma Pedagogische Wetenschappen of Onderwijskunde/Onderwetenschappen behaald aan een andere universiteit dan de RUG
Other admission requirements

Voor de toelatingseisen toegespitst op de tracks zie de pagina van Onderwijsinnovatie en Learning in Interaction.Vragen? Contactpersonen voor vragen over toelating, de inhoud van de opleiding en meer vind je onder de knop Contact lager op deze pagina.

International diploma

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Other admission requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Education or a Bachelor's degree in a subject related to education
  • Good knowledge of research methodology and related statistics (a diagnostic test is available on the website)* good knowledge of educational psychology
  • Advanced analytics and synthetic cognitive skills
  • English language requirement: TOEFL 580 or IELTS 6.5
  • All applications are subject to an academic assessment by the Admission Board

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) C2
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS listening 6
IELTS reading 6
IELTS writing 6
IELTS speaking 6
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 92

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 June 2021

01 September 2021

EU/EEA students

01 June 2021

01 September 2021

non-EU/EEA students

01 June 2021

01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 15000 full-time

Job prospects

The Master of Educational Sciences prepares you for policy and advisory positions. You can advise pupils and teachers, but also school teams, boards, and policymakers. You will deal with learning and organizational problems, such as the introduction of educational innovations. You can also work within the government on educational policy and the development of new forms and methods of education.

Areas of activity for educationalists:

  • Policy advisor, educational developer, staff member, quality care employee, study advisor, school dean or career counselor at large educational institutions such as universities, teacher training courses, intermediate or higher vocational education, or adult education.
  • Education policy officer with the municipal, provincial or national government
  • For educational guidance services as school, teacher or pupil counselor/coach
  • The employee at educational support services
  • Policy officer at the umbrella organizations of education or associations
  • School supervisor / educational manager/coordinator within an educational institution
  • (Deputy) Director/management
  • Scientific research: Governments, companies, research bureaus, educational institutions, university - Ph.D.: scholarships for a.o. the learning teacher or Research Master (as side entrant)
  • Teacher at intermediate or higher vocational education (HBO/MBO)
  • The media (radio, television, press) as educational journalists


GION: Gronings instituut voor onderzoek van onderwijs

GION (Groningen Institute for Research and Education) makes a concrete contribution to better education through scientific research. Education is better if it has more favorable consequences for the cognitive and affective development of pupils. The aim of the research institute is to increase knowledge about education and to improve educational practice. GION, therefore, conducts both fundamental research and commissioned research.

Research themes

GION's research focuses on four research themes:

  • Learner, teacher, and instruction

Research on what happens in the classroom. How do students learn? What do teachers do in the classroom? In what ways can we improve student learning?

  • School boards and educational policy

Research conducted at the level of the school (organization). How are schools managed? How do employees and management work together? In which ways can we improve educational policy?

  • Society, culture, and politics

Sometimes research questions exceed the level of the class or school. These studies are broad, diverse and focus on the social, cultural and/or political side of education. For example, GION has conducted education/research surveys into the national level of pupils in the field of language and movement education.

  • Educational research methodologies

Some of our researchers focus on theoretical and fundamental aspects of scientific research. For example, on the way in which research is carried out within the educational field and on which methods are used.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astr ... Read More

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
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