Academic and professional knowledge and skills

This programme provides you with:

  • Thorough training in general academic, research, and learning skills.
  • Comprehensive, state-of-the-art knowledge of education and learning research.
  • Skills to critically evaluate and synthesize research findings.
  • A strong commitment to societal issues and ethical standards.

As a graduate, you will have a solid foundation for pursuing a career either as a researcher or as a high-level academic professional who can contribute to evidence-based practice and policymaking in the field of education at both the national and international (European) levels.

Prepared for PhD studies

The Master’s programme in Educational Sciences primarily prepares you for a position as a researcher in a university context (as a PhD candidate). Research seminars that are part of the PhD programme are open to our Master’s students. A joint seminar on scientific integrity is organised annually. Furthermore, for research assignments, research internships, and Master’s theses, our Master’s students closely collaborate with PhD students and postdocs.

During my Master’s, I did a research internship at the Institute of Education at the University of Zürich. The people there were very impressed with my knowledge of research techniques, they thought I was already at PhD level.
Oana Costache

Prepared for a professional career outside academia

It is also possible to start a career at an institution for applied research or at another high-level academic position in the educational practice and policy field. The curriculum covers the main topics of international education and learning research. It makes you familiar with a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods and teaches state-of-the-art statistical skills used in this field.

Explore your job opportunities during the courses

Through the elective courses, you’ll have the option to explore potential job opportunities in practice or policy contexts.

Career-planning and work-field orientation
FSW What's Next

What's Next?!

Every year, the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences organises What's Next?! to prepare you for the world of further studies, internships and job-hunting. Over the course of two weeks, you can attend all kinds of free workshops intended to help you plan your future and acquire new skills which will come in handy after your studies. Keep an eye on the What's Next?! web page for more information about the upcoming edition of this event.

Career Services

In addition to the activities organised by the programme and the faculty, Utrecht University offers several university-wide services to familiarise you with the labour market.

Career Services offers training related to career orientation and job application skills; examples include writing an job application letter and a resume or how to conduct a job interview. Every faculty has its own Career Officer who can help you discover your talents and interests and help you orientate on future career prospects.

Careers Day

Careers Day

Once a year Utrecht University organises the Careers Day, which brings students and companies together. The Careers Day offers you the opportunity to sign up for workshops and trainings, and to meet recruiters at the Career Fair. For example, you can attend a job application training or have your resume checked.