The University of Twente’s Educational Science and Technology (EST) programme is a one-year Master’s degree programme worth 60 ECTS credits. It has two possible dates of enrolment (September and February). The programme is taught entirely in English and leads to a Master of Science (MSc) degree. The programme emphasizes problem analysis and the design of solutions in education and training, with a focus on design and research skills and putting theory into practice. It culminates in an individual graduation project. 

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What is Educational Science and Technology?

The main focus of the Master’s programme in Educational Science and Technology (EST) is on the design and evaluation of learning scenarios in schools and organizations. The scope is wide: from educating primary school children and young people in secondary and vocational education to in-service or on-the-job training for adult employees such as nurses, civil servants, managers and schoolteachers. You will learn all about theories of learning and assessment, learning technologies (e.g. serious games), effective training approaches and learning interventions. You will also discover how to design and evaluate different learning scenarios, progressing to producing recommendations and solutions for practical problems. Find out why you should opt for Educational Science and Technology at Twente.

The profiles 

The EST programme has two profiles:

Systematic, design-oriented and evaluation-based approach

EST graduates are academically trained educational professionals: experts with the ability and insight to bridge the gaps between scientific research, educational design and professional practice. Their expertise is based on finding effective solutions for learning problems taken from practical contexts (in both schools and organizations), using a systematic approach that often incorporates technology. The result of this approach is a design (or a set of designs), tested in the context of the problem to see whether it contributes to improvement or innovation. This systematic, technological, design-oriented and evaluation-based approach characterizes the University of Twente’s EST programme and sets it apart from other education-related degree programmes in the Netherlands. Find out more about the programme structure.


The Master's programme is taught in English. 


You can start in September or February. More information about admission and application deadlines

Full-time or part-time

The EST Master’s can be taken as a one-year full-time programme or as a part-time programme with a duration of 1.5 to 2 years. The latter option is ideal for students who wish to combine their studies with a professional career. Students usually complete all coursework in the first year, primarily devoting the second year to their final project. Find out more about the courses on the full-time and part-time programme.


Please get in touch with our Study Information Centre if you have any questions. For more specific questions you can contact the programme staff. 

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