Education can sometimes be dull and ineffective. We can change that by 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)
Artefacts (the environment around us, books, computers, etc.)
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.
Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction is recognised as a high-quality programme and has been awarded several high ratings by different ranking-organisations in the Netherlands. The renowned Keuzegids Masters 2018 labelled Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction as a Top Rated Programme, meaning this Master's scored exceptionally high across judging categories.
This programme is offered by the Department of Education and Pedagogy, which is part of Utrecht University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The programme is based on the research priority area of Education and Learning, which is embedded in local, national, and international research networks.
The presence of students from multiple countries provides you with opportunities to explore issues in education and learning within a broader international perspective. In addition, researchers and scholars from abroad are 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 synthesise 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, pedagogy, 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 a 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 programme prepares you for a position as a researcher in a university context, such as a PhD candidate, and it also prepares you for high-level academic positions in the educational practice and policy field.
PhD candidate at a university
The programme also prepares you for a career as an applied researcher in educational institutions and services, such as:
Education and educational research departments at universities, colleges, and professional colleges/polytechnics
Teacher education colleges and universities
University-related research centres, educational service agencies, and knowledge centres
School and child advisory services
Governmental educational departments and inspectorates
Non-profit, private, and/or commercial educational research institutes and knowledge centres.