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What will I learn?

This one-year, intensive programme will teach you about:

  • the quality of pedagogical and educational services, such as childcare, youth care, schools and sports clubs;
  • how to look at pedagogy from a social perspective;
  • the role of cultural diversity in the transfer of pedagogical knowledge;
  • professional practice in relation to initiatives undertaken by civil society and youth themselves.

Objective of the programme

This Master’s will enable you to develop yourself into an academic professional. You will learn to analyse, evaluate and solve practical problems in a theoretical and empirical way.


This programme somewhat overlaps the Master’s programme in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies (Dutch: Orthopedagogiek) but is distinguished by a broader, more socially-oriented interdisciplinary view on pedagogy. You will graduate as an educationalist and acquire the NVO registration as a general educationalist. Unlike the programme in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies, you will not focus on clinical issues, diagnostics or deviant behaviour from a need-based perspective but on pedagogy as a broader field oriented to society. This Master’s is also distinguished from the Master’s in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies due to its so-called community approach. Alongside a focus on the role of professionals and policy, the programme centers on the role of society in childrearing and education. Critical analysis of the societal debate also typifies this Master’s programme.

Within this programme you can choose between three tracks:

  • Youth Policy, Education and Prevention (YEP)
  • Pedagogy and International Development (PID)
  • Education for Inclusive Societies (EFIS)


Past experience has shown that students who have completed this programme are well prepared for a job as a junior researcher or PhD candidate.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€17,078.00 (13,95,261) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,


3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

MSc Track: Knowledge/ competence in the field of European law and a bachelor degree in Economics or sufficient knowledge of economics including knowledge/competence in the fields of: Microeconomics; Mathematics; Industrial organization and Competition Policy; Corporate Finance; Econometrics or Advanced Statistics. English language requirements: IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 7.0 overall band, at least 6.0 for all components. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 96, at least 23 for writing and 20 for the other sections. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

Specifically, graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogical Sciences from Utrecht University can be admitted. Any other Bachelor’s degrees with similar orientations will be assessed by the Board of Admissions.

Background in social sciences

You have knowledge and insight into theories and perspectives from the social sciences.

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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