The Master's thesis is a final project, an individual proof of the student's academic competence with regard to research and theory formulation which contributes to the development of science in the educational domain.

The assessment of the thesis covers both the research plan (which, for the Master's programme in Educational Sciences, is a separate course) and the actual thesis.

Participation in a closing conference is compulsory to conclude the Master's thesis.

Theme groups

You work on your theses in small groups supervised by a researcher who obtained their doctorate. The groups are organized in research themes, based on which plenary meetings are scheduled.
Before starting their Master's thesis, the students choose between one of these themes (note: themes are updated yearly):

  • Cognition, learning and instructional design
  • ICT in education and training
  • Learning in organisations
  • Classroom processes

Working in small groups encourages community building. This in turn contributes to: group support, learning from one another (peer feedback, exchange), structure and commitment.


The thesis is presented during a conference attended, among others, by lecturers in the programme and educationalists in the field.


Ethical review

From 1 September 2020, all Bachelor's and (research) Master's students must have their thesis project ethically reviewed by the FERB through the online tool UU-SER. More information about the procedure and associated protocols can be found on the Student Ethics Review & Registration Site (UU-SER) website.