Educational Science and Technology

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Educational Science

If you are not eligible for direct and unconditional enrolment in the Educational Science master's programme, you must first complete all or part of our 30-credit pre-master’s programme. 

The entire pre-master’s programme must be completed before you will be admitted to the master’s programme. 


The pre-master’s programme has two terms of enrolment, September and February.

Pre-Master’s programme contents and structure

The pre-master’s programme consists of general academic and domain-specific courses that will prepare you for acquiring the applied, design or evaluation-oriented, scientific reasoning and research skills needed during your EST programme.  

You can take the pre-master’s after completing of your bachelor’s degree or during your bachelor's studies as a transferminor. In that case you can use your minorspace to complete the pre-master's programme, thereby accelerating your ability to transfer to the master's programme.

Full-time programme

The full-time pre-master’s programme covers one semester and includes these courses:

Part-time programme

The part-time pre-master’s programme covers two semesters.

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The pre-master’s programme is taught in English. 


If you will be eligible for admission to the pre-master's programme in Educational Science and Technology depends on your previous education. More information on admission.


In order to find out whether you are well-equipped and motivated to complete this pre-Master’s programme successfully, you can complete a self-study package prior to the actual pre-Master’s trajectory. The self-study package that we offer includes relevant textbooks and other materials, plus a diagnostic test that indicates your level of the desired prior knowledge in Educational Science. In case you are interested in this package, please contact the programme staff.

Rules of the pre-Master's

The pre-master’s is designed not only to address any deficiencies in your prior knowledge, but it is also an efficient way to find out whether studying at a research university in the field of Educational Science and Technology is right for you. To this end, a couple of rules apply:We ask you to fulfil the requirements of the pre-master’s programme within one year. Since 30 credits is equivalent to half a year of full-time study, this should not pose a problem. You must also earn sufficient marks with a maximum of one re-sit per course. This means you need to take the pre-master’s seriously. You cannot expect to be successful in the pre-master’s if you approach it half-heartedly: it is meant as a half-year, full-time programme of study. That said, in practice almost all motivated students complete the programme in the allotted time.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Nelissen (programme coordinator).

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