Master in Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction


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Program Description


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)
  • Artifacts (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.

High-Quality Program

Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction is recognized as a high-quality program and has been awarded several high ratings by different ranking-organizations in the Netherlands. The renowned Keuzegids Masters 2018 labeled Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction as a Top Rated Program, meaning this Master's scored exceptionally high across judging categories.


This program is offered by the Department of Education and Pedagogy, which is part of Utrecht University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The program is based in the research priority area of Education and Learning, which is embedded in local, national, and international research networks.

Internationally oriented

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

Program Objective

As a graduate of this Master's program, 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 program prepares you equally well for a career as a Ph.D. candidate or as an applied researcher outside academia.

Career Prospects

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.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less