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Master of Science in Pedagogical Sciences - Specialisation in Gifted Education




What will I learn?

The Master’s programme in Pedagogical Sciences has two English and six Dutch specialisations, each aimed at a certain development domain. Your programme will consist of a few general subjects and two courses that are specifically geared to your specialisation of choice. Coaching is an important part of the programme. The coaching skills you learn can be used in a profession where the role of remedial educationalists is becoming more and more important.

This Master's specialisation looks beyond the accepted views and protocols on giftedness. Giftedness is more than IQ. Physical, musical, social and creative abilities are also involved.


Diversities in Youth Care is a specialisation of the Master's programme in Pedagogical Sciences. The other specialisations are:

Diversities in Youth Care
Angst- en Stemmingsstoornissen (Dutch)
Beperkingen en Handicaps (Dutch)
Forensische Pedagogiek (Dutch)
Pedagogische Ethiek (Dutch)
Risicogedrag (Dutch)
Speciale leerbehoeften (Dutch)

What will you learn?

In this specialisation you will study how personal characteristics – like motivation and performance anxiety – abilities, and surroundings influence each other. You will learn how to identify the needs of a gifted pupil. You will test your gut feeling with research results. You will be critical of both your field and your own talents and talent development. You will investigate the conflict between stimulating talent and being fearful of doing so.

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in Gifted Education

Fitting educational programmes is the new standard: there are less special needs programmes and mainstream schools must accommodate students with learning disabilities themselves. This also includes gifted pupils. This means that schools are judged on what they do with these kids. Schools need help from experts. Upon completion of your studies, you will be that expert!

Awareness is growing that we need to deal with giftedness differently. Smart children will not simply make it on their own. They need special support. Just as remedial educationalists are needed for dyslexic children, they are also needed for gifted children, to make sure these pupils get the help and support they need in the classroom. And to make sure that their talents aren’t wasted.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€16,500.00 (US$ 17,572) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Law equivalent to the Dutch educational level*. For the specialisation European Law and Global Affairs: Students with a degree in Politics, Governance, International Relations, Liberal Arts or equivalent, with a substantial number of courses in Law, are also eligible for admission to this specialisation. These students should provide proof of their knowledge of the basic concepts of Law. A proficiency in English: In order to take part in this programme, you need to have an adequate knowledge of English. Non-native speakers of English** need to provide evidence of their proficiency by submitting one of the following tests: A TOEFL certificate with a minimum score of 90 overall (internet-based, with a minimum of 23 for writing) or 575 (paper-based). The institutional TOEFL code for Radboud University is 3387; or An IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum score of 6.0 minimum for the components listening, reading and speaking and a 6.5 minimum for writing); or A Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with grade C or higher or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with grade C or higher.

For international students

In order to get direct admission to this Master's you will need knowledge of relevant domains in the field of Pedagogical Sciences (16 ECTS or more). You have completed courses on subjects like:

(Special) education and learning
Developmental psychology
Youth care
Ethics and philosophy

Proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to be proficient in both written and spoken English. Students without a Bachelor's degree wherein the language of instruction was English, need to have obtained one of the following certificates before the enrolment deadline (you will not be needing these certificates when you apply at Radboud University):

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 90, subscores ≥ 22
IELTS Academic: ≥ 6.5 overall, subscores ≥ 6.0, writing subscore ≥ 6.5
Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency: C or higher

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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