EdSci gives you an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills you need to improve education, based upon high-level educational research. To be able to do that you need insights into what makes curricula and teaching motivating and effective.

EdSci concentrates on the theory, use and effects of innovative teaching and learning arrangements through the application of different theories, paradigms and media. Research projects use both experimental and design-based approaches, and combine qualitative and quantitative analyses of interaction processes and learning products in different teaching and learning environments.

Please see the menu for information on courses, timetables and career opportunities within this programme.

The structure of the programme is identical for all students. Students of a cohort enter the programme together in September and follow all courses of the first year and the non-individual courses of the second year together.

Within courses you have a choice of topics and you can choose the topic of your internship and Master's thesis. Optionally, students have the possibility to specialise in clinical research skills focusing on learning and behaviour problems.

The programme stimulates a lot of interaction and cooperation between your peers and yourself. You will learn not only from teachers and supervisors but also from each other. This process is stimulated by the fact that no more than 15-20 students are admitted per programme per year. Selection is based on a strict selection procedure.

All teachers involved in the research master programme possess high-level teaching and research skills. They are members of Research Schools that have been (re-)accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) or take part in national Research Networks in which researchers from this Faculty cooperate with colleagues from other Dutch universities.

This ensures a combination of excellent teaching and research in an intellectually stimulating environment.

After having successfully completed one of the research Master's programmes you:

  • have an overview of important theoretical and methodological issues in your field of study. You have expertise and experience in the elaboration of a research project with a clearly formulated research problem that is innovative while building on the state of the art in the field and being well grounded in the literature in this field;
  • have an overview of different research designs and methods of data collection. You have acquired the expertise and experience in the elaboration of research designs and methods of data collection that are adequate for answering an underlying research question. You are capable of choosing and applying them in your research;
  • will be trained in the research methods that are appropriate in your field of study. You have gained experience in the full process of social or behavioural research and in reporting the results of research in a special field of study. These qualifications are reflected in a master’s thesis, which has the form of a publishable research paper;
  • have acquired clinical research skills in the field of learning and behaviour problems as they occur in education settings (optional);
  • are capable, based upon a research proposal, of independently carrying out research towards acquiring a PhD;
  • are able to formulate policy implications of scientific research in your own field. You are trained in academic writing, in presenting for various audiences, and in data documentation and archiving;
  • have acquired a general work orientation that is required for membership in a research team and in a research network in your own research domain.