Educational Sciences

Do you have a strong interest in models and techniques to design effective learning environments? Do you want to broaden your insight into the management of educational institutions?Do you pursue leading or advising roles in educational offices from the government, NGO, company, institutions for higher education …? Do you want to study in an international environment?Are you excited to use online facilities to support your learning process?Are you attracted by the advantages of a blended learning approach? Are you working in education and do you want to broaden and deepen your knowledge?

Innovation through research-based education

Applying scientific research methods

Innovative approaches to education are stressed through research-based education. Within the programme, students are encouraged and trained to apply scientific research methods to engage in educational innovations, including innovative teaching and assessment, blended learning, professional support and use of digital technologies to support education... Innovative thinking is not only needed for educating the current and future generations, it’s crucial for the development of our society. In this programme we address critical issues and our students are prepared with both theoretical and professional knowledge, gaining the skills to contribute to society’s educational and social innovations. In this, the uniqueness of our international student population is an asset: we’re able to conduct research in an international perspective, thus enhancing our students competences in a multi-cultural environment.

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Educational sciences

The two-year Master in Educational Sciences aims to prepare students for academic and professional interventions in the field of educational innovation. It prepares students for research into the nature, development and features of educational actors, institutions, related policies, and processes in educational development and educational practices.

Study credits

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System): 1 credit represents 25-30 hours of study activity.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes describe the intended knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes that you must master after completing your studies.

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After graduation

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.


If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is a promoter, research subject and sufficient funding. Are you up for this challenge?

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Prof. dr. Nadine Engels

”The nice thing of research based education is that students can experience the interaction between theory and reality. If I can show them how we experiment with new approaches to professional development and what the results are, if they can try out how to guide and support educational practitioners based on the newest counseling methods, if one of our researchers involves them in their research practice, ... students get more interested and learning becomes fascinating.”


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Language requirements

Prospective students can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria: 


Direct admission

  • Direct admission is granted if you obtained a Belgian Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Sciences, Pedagogical Sciences, and Adult Education Sciences. 
  • Direct admission is also granted if you obtained a Belgian Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology or Social Sciences. In this case, enrolling in two optional educational courses “Diversity and inclusion in educational settings” and “Facilitation of learning and coaching” is strongly recommended.

Application based admission

  • If you obtained a non-Belgian Bachelor’s degree in Educational Sciences, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences or Academic Teacher Education, your file will be evaluated by the Admission Board. The Board will take into account your educational expertise and academic proficiency. Depending on your background, the Board might recommend you to register for optional courses, such as Statistics, “Diversity and inclusion in educational settings” and “Facilitation of learning and coaching”. Therefore, the department advises you to demonstrate your academic writing competence (cf. formal writing, APA guidelines) in your motivation letter and to make your educational background knowledge (cf. obtained credits or work experience) explicit. 
  • If you obtained any other degree, your file will be screened thoroughly by the Admission Board. Evidence of educational expertise, academic proficiency and background in social sciences will substantiate the decision of acceptance. Therefore, the department advises you to demonstrate your academic writing competence (cf. formal writing, APA guidelines) in your motivation letter and to make your educational background knowledge (cf. obtained credits or work experience) explicit. If accepted, you will be required to substitute your optional courses by courses, such as Statistics, “Diversity and inclusion in educational settings” and “Facilitation of learning and coaching”.

Specific requirements

A good knowledge of Statistics and an Educational background is required. Students with insufficient background will be required to follow the necessary courses during the first year of the Master programme.

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Although at the moment there is still a lot of uncertainty about what the world will look like in the near future, we already guarantee that this programme will be organised next academic year anyway. Next to regular face-to-face teaching activities on campus, blended and fully online teaching alternatives are also in operation for next academic year. Looking forward to see you in our programme soon.

If you have any questions, please contact koen.lombaerts@vub.be (for content of programme and courses) or facpe@vub.be (for administrative procedures).

Study abroad

Students can study abroad for a semester. Among the many places in which you can study, there are Finland and Sweden, two countries known for their innovative approaches in education. Next to courses, you can also do an internship or thesis research at home or abroad.

Application deadline

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications can only be submitted through our website

  • Application deadlines:
    • before April 1st for non-EEA citizens.
    • before September 1st for EEA citizens / non-EEA citizens living in Belgium with a valid residence permit.
  • Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline.

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Tuition fees

All Flemish universities in Belgium are subsidised by the government, which results in relatively low tuition fees. The general tuition fee for our master programmes is €3.245,2/year. Some master programmes have an increased tuition fee for students with a non EU/EEA nationality. A detailed overview of the tuition fees can be found here.