Degree from a Dutch research university
This page outlines the step-by-step process for completing your application to a Master's programme at Utrecht University. Please read this information thoroughly before starting your application.
To be accepted to this Master’s programme you need:
An academic Bachelor’s degree with specific academic knowledge and skills. You can find these requirements in this document.
Sufficient command of the English Language.
As a graduate from a Dutch research university you have fulfilled this language requirement.
Motivation that fits the aim of this programme.
With the Bachelor’s degrees listed below you meet the required knowledge and skills as listed under entry requirement 1. Any other Bachelor’s degrees with similar orientations will be assessed by the Admissions Committee on the basis of the requested academic knowledge and skills.
- Pedagogical Sciences
Academic Teacher Training Programme for Primary Education (ALPO).
Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in Pedagogical Sciences or Educational Sciences at UCU
Sociology, Interdisciplinary Social Science and Psychology, including two courses in the field of Pedagogy and experience in the work field. Examples of such courses at UU are:
- Pedagogische systemen in de baby- en kindertijd (201700101)
- Pedagogische systemen in de kindertijd en adolescentie (201700102)
- Cultural Diversity (201700105)
- Opvoeding en maatschappij (200600051)
- Development, learning and behavior (201700107
Please note that you might also meet the required knowledge and skills in pedagogical theories with other UU courses. This will be assessed by the Admissions Committee.
Other Dutch research universities:
Pedagogical Sciences. Students with a degree in Pedagogical Sciences from Erasmus University need to have written a Bachelor's thesis based on empirical research.
Sociology, Interdisciplinary Social Science and Psychology, including courses worth 15 EC in the field of Pedagogy and experience in the work field.
Unsure if you qualify for admission?
In order to properly assess whether you qualify for admission, it is important that we have the right information. It is therefore necessary that you apply through the regular admission procedure and submit the required documents. The Admissions Committee will then evaluate your eligibility and you will be informed of their decision by means of a letter of (non-, conditional or unconditional) acceptance.
If you have a Bachelor's degree from a Dutch research university and do not fully meet the entry requirements, you may be able to acquire missing knowledge and/or skills via a tailor-made pre-Master’s programme. This is for the Admissions Committee to decide.
Please always apply for the Master’s programme first. If the Admissions Committee determines that you do not meet all entry requirements, they will decide if you are eligible for a pre-Master’s and, if so, what your pre-Master’s programme will look like.
Depending on your previously acquired knowledge and/or skills, you may be asked to take one or more of the following courses:
- Opvoeding en maatschappij
- Basis van onderzoeksmethoden en statistiek
- Pedagogische systemen in de kindertijd en adolescentie
- Verdieping in onderzoeksmethoden en statistiek voor interdisciplinair sociaal wetenschappers (VOS ISW)
- Cultural Diversity
- Pedagogische praktijkontwikkeling, onderzoek en beleid
Please note: a pre-Master's programme is only available for students with a Dutch educational background who do not need housing, and who do not have or require a residence permit for study purposes. In addition, the language of instruction is Dutch.
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*Please note that the application deadline for students with an EU/EEA or Swiss nationality may be extended to 1 June. This extension is by no means guaranteed; therefore, we advise all students to finish their application before 1 April. Any new information regarding the application deadline will be published on this website no later than 2 April.
Complete your application in time
All deadlines expire at 23:59 [CET/CEST] on the specified date. Your application is complete when you have (1) fully submitted your Studielink ánd OSIRIS application, (2) uploaded all required documents in Osiris Online Application. After the deadline has passed, incomplete applications will be cancelled.
The following documents must be uploaded before the deadline:
Diploma or DUO extract (if graduated)
Transcript from OSIRIS (for Utrecht University students) or certified transcript (for students from other Dutch research universities).
A certified transcript must include courses, grades and a stamp/signature of the institute.
An overview of courses yet to be completed (when you have not yet obtained your diploma)
Motivation statement (in English)
Curriculum vitae / resume (in English)
- Checklist Entry Requirements and syllabi of all the courses you list on this Checklist. Not required for all. Please check the form for details.
A copy of your Bachelor's thesis or similar research report.
When you have not yet completed your thesis, submit your research design including a research question, short theoretical framework and methods of research. Not required for Bachelor’s students in Educational Sciences, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Social Science or Cultural Anthropology at a Dutch research university. Exception: students in Pedagogical Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam are required to upload their thesis or research design.
After submitting your application to Studielink, you will receive an email with login details for OSIRIS Online Application. Here you can upload all required documents, check the status of your application and enter contact details of your referee(s).
After you upload all documents in OSIRIS, the Graduate School will evaluate them. We strive to inform you of our decision within 20 working days.