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Educational Studies

Course Description

The Master of Educational Studies offers an academically-oriented programme providing broad expertise related to the field of education. This entails:

- a thorough understanding of educational approaches and methodologies related to educational issues;
- the necessary competencies and skills to conduct educational research, design instruments, develop training modules and curricula, guide and evaluate innovation processes;
- insight into instructional psychology, school development, professional and continuing education and educational policies.

The programme primarily aims to provide in-depth knowledge in one or more sub-domains of educational studies (basic educational topics, instructional science, educational policy, and adult education), but also offers advanced knowledge of educational processes, policy, innovation, and research. Through individualised assignments and research seminars, our experienced teaching staff will provide you with an overview of basic theories and recent developments in the field of educational studies. Beyond fine-tuning your theoretical insights, you'll come to grips with macro-, meso- and micro-processes, as well as methodological skills. Your research-based master's thesis will help you develop your aptitude for - and contribute to - scholarship in the field. After graduation, you will be equipped to begin an exciting career as an educational advisor or manager - or perhaps even embark on a PhD project.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.


The main objective of the program is to encourage a profound knowledge and a deep understanding based on scientific educational research for those people who have already obtained a professional or academic degree and strive for a career in the field of education. The program offers a thorough understanding of educational models and insights in methodology, pedagogy and education to define educational issues and create learning environments to support and optimize the educational development of people (from early years to adulthood).

The Master of Science of Educational Studies embodies a scientific-professional and critical-reflective attitude and has attention for contemporary and societal developments and for the growing complexity in educational processes. The master is systematically and profoundly trained, is competent in translating research results to educational practices and is trained to approach educational issues in the practice of the classroom and the school in a scientific way and to give a justification for his/her approach. .
The master demonstrates concern and an engagement towards the education of young children and adults and a loving care and attention for the learning abilities of each person.

[[Career paths]]

Graduates go on to pursue careers as educational advisors, coordinators or managers in schools or in other educational settings. They are also qualified to play a role in the design and implementation of educational policies, in labour organisations and organisations concerned with vocational and professional education, and in community education and lifelong learning. Graduates holding a previously-acquired teaching degree who choose to take up teaching (again) will have gained skill-perfecting expertise. Successful graduates are also equipped to participate in research projects in Belgium and abroad and may go on to undertake a PhD before embarking on an international career.

Entry Requirements


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