Childrearing in a broad sense
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What distinguishes the Utrecht Master’s programme in Youth, Education and Society from similar programmes?

A broad, interdisciplinary view on pedagogy with a focus on societal issues

While other programmes are geared towards the provision of individual care, the Utrecht pedagogy programme is not. The programme at Utrecht covers the full range of domains and facilities in which children are reared, the link to contemporary social issues and the international perspective.

Connecting pedagogical knowledge to related disciplines

This programme addresses pedagogy in conjunction with perspectives from sociology, psychology, education and anthropology.

Showcase yourself through a track

The Master’s programme has three tracks and two course completion profiles. The tracksYouth Policy: Education and Prevention (YEP), Pedagogy and International Development (PID), and Education for Inclusive Societies (EFIS). The YEP and PID tracks follow the same course completion profile, while the EFIS track follows a partly different one.

In addition, each year a few students focus their study on the sports (policy) theme, in a national or international context. You use these tracks to showcase yourself through:

  • the internship/thesis (national or international)
  • the content of the Academic Professional module
  • the specific details of assignments from the core subjects
  • the electives
  • the group challenge in your Practical module
During my Master’s, I got the opportunity to do an internship at Save the Children
Marjolein Weidema

A chance to go abroad

Another unique feature: at Utrecht you can specialise in pedagogical issues in the context of international humanitarian cooperation. This means your study can include an internship and research abroad at an organisation active in the arena of development issues. This content specialisation, combined with an internship abroad, is unique in the Netherlands.

Student opinions

From various surveys in recent years we have learnt that our students value this Master's programme due to:

  • the integration of national and international perspectives;
  • the strong connection between the programme and the professional field;
  • the strong emphasis on (a contribution to) innovation;
  • the attention to cultural diversity issues;
  • the focus on creating a vision on contemporary policy issues and the societal debate on these issues. 
A unique aspect of this Master’s programme is the pioneering spirit among lecturers and students alike. It takes courage to do something out of the ordinary. We take the road less travelled and seek new pedagogical perspectives. It’s enjoyable to work with students in a new field of study.
World-class university
Utrecht University
Academy Building Utrecht University

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Masters' programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates: G. ‘t Hooft, M.J.G. Veltman, P.J. Crutzen, N. Bloembergen, T.C. Koopmans, L.S. Ruzicka, P. Debye, C. Eijkman, R.Magnus, W. Einthoven, W.C. Röntgen and J.H. van ‘t Hoff.

A lively, bustling student city
Utrecht's canals by night
Utrecht's canals by night

Utrecht is a city of unparalleled vitality in the middle of the Netherlands. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot, yet large enough to host world-class festivals, fashionable shops, modern architecture and fascinating museums. You will find lots of friendly outdoor cafés and restaurants. It is only thirty minutes from Schiphol airport and all of the Netherlands is just a short journey away.

Lonely Planet ranks Utrecht in their top-10 of the world's unsung places!

CNN lists Utrecht as one of the world's best cycling cities.

The Guardian tips Utrecht as "the laidback alternative to Amsterdam".