Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Educational Sciences: Curriculum Design and Innovation, M.Sc.


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.

This Educational Sciences: Curriculum Design and Innovation programme is offered by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Lifelong learning

Lifelong learning is a hot issue not only in Europe, but in the entire world. Education is often used as a strategy for many purposes. Education doesn’t stop when leaving school. Education is everywhere: in the media, in the private sector, in our spare time… Not only locally, but globally and internationally too the importance of education is highlighted. An international Master in Educational Sciences will therefore be an added value on your curriculum vitae.

Because of the specific characteristics and advantages of a blended learning approach, both international students and/or students with a job are addressed. Other students with a special interest in this International Master Programme are of course allowed to apply as well.


  • NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization) accredited programme

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Approaches to Teaching and Assessment
  • Selected Chapters in Education and Training
  • Professional Development Support
  • Research Seminar for Educational Sciences
  • Management for Educational Change
  • Modern Educational Systems
  • Electronic Learning Environments and E-learning Design
  • Management and Innovation for the Social and Non-profit
  • Curriculum Development
  • Internship Educational Sciences
  • Master Thesis Educational Sciences
  • Case Studies Curriculum design and Innovation
  • Social and Cultural Transition Strategies for Sustainability and Development
  • Lifespan Education
  • Approaches to Language Teaching and Learning for Multilingual Education

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    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 (Grade B): 193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 80

    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

Direct access is granted for students with a Belgian Bachelor’s degree in
  • educational sciences
  • pedagogical sciences
  • psychology
  • adult education sciences

Application based admission

Students holding a Bachelor’s degree in other related social sciences can apply as well. An Admission Board will evaluate the applications on an individual basis. The degrees must have been achieved in an officially recognized institution.

Candidates without direct access to the master programme of educational sciences, but who are meeting all the other requirements and showing great potential may, at the discretion of the Board, be granted an admission or a conditional admission.

Candidates with a conditional admission must follow an additional programme to provide the missing credits. The courses for this programme will be determined by the Admissions Board and must be successfully completed during the first master year as a prerequisite for being considered in the end-of-year deliberation. Students will not graduate or receive credits for the master curriculum until they have passed all of the courses in this additional programme.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 2950 International
  • EUR 890 EU/EEA
  • EEA: €230 (fixed) + €11 (per ECTS)
  • Non EEA: €1450 (fixed) + €25 (per ECTS)



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