Utrecht University

Youth, Education and Society, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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  • English


In our overscheduled society is there still enough time for childrearing? How is childrearing changing through the use of social media? How are young people (de)radicalised? What leads to game addiction and inactivity in our society? What do children need to find their own solutions to bullying at school? How does childrearing support fit into non-Western communities? How should suitable education be organised? How should the new frameworks for youth care in the Netherlands be structured? What can we learn from foreign approaches to education and youth services?

Innovation In Pedagogic Services

Do you want to make a contribution to contemporary social challenges involving the relationship between children and youth and their guardians/educators? Do you want to help draft new policies that can improve the position, welfare and development of children, youth and their parents? Are you interested in making international comparisons? Youth, Education and Society (Dutch: Maatschappelijke opvoedingsvraagstukken) is the only Master’s programme in the Netherlands that specifically focuses on innovating pedagogical policy and practice, both nationally and internationally.

This one-year, intensive programme will teach you about:

  • the quality of pedagogical and educational services, such as childcare, youth care, schools and sports clubs;
  • how to look at pedagogy from a social perspective;
  • the role of cultural diversity in the transfer of pedagogical knowledge;
  • professional practice in relation to initiatives undertaken by civil society and youth themselves.
Developing An International Vision

We will also be looking beyond our borders. After all, global developments (such as globalisation, poverty and migration) have had a major impact on the quality of life for children and youth. And we will also be analysing pedagogical services through an international lens:

  • What frameworks are used in setting up youth care in the Netherlands compared to countries outside of Europe?
  • How can the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child be given shape in youth policy worldwide?

This programme also devotes attention to international humanitarian cooperation.

Education Driven By Research And The Work Field

This Master’s programme in Youth, Education and Society from Utrecht University will be led by the professors of Pedagogy, Dr. Mariëtte de Haan, Dr. Micha de Winter and Dr. Paul Leseman. Together with a team of lecturers representing a variety of expertise in the area of pedagogy, they will teach classes and guide students during their internship and research. Contacts with the field constitute an important seedbed for the programme.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Youth, Education And Society 01: Paradigms & Practices
  • Youth, Education And Society 02: Global Perspectives And Cultural Diversity
  • Youth, Education And Society 05: Academic Professional
  • Youth, Education And Society 03: Prevention 3.0: Perspectives & Design
  • Youth, Education And Society 04: Digital Media And Youth
  • Youth, Education And Society 05: Academic Professional
  • Youth, Education And Society 06: Internship
  • Youth, Education And Society 07: Thesis
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You have a Pedagogy (or other specialty) degree from a non-Dutch university and can demonstratethe following knowledge, insight, and skills:
  • You have a background in social sciences
  • You have knowledge and insight in the areas of childrearing and development theory, important pedagogical issues in society, and the fields of operation for pedagogy.
  • You have knowledge of methods and strategies concerning practical development, innovation and policy processes, including the structure of the pedagogical and educational fields.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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