Evidence-Based Education

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Research can transform education. Education can transform lives. Are you are interested in closing the gap between educational research and educational daily practice? Join us.

The Master's track 'Evidence-Based Education' aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of how educational research can contribute to the development of effective educational innovations and to the improvement of the quality of education. We strive for education that promotes the academic, meta-cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioural outcomes of all students, regardless of their background characteristics and learning abilities. Stable educational improvement can only occur if there is a solid knowledge base to feed educational practice, from macro (e.g., policy), meso (e.g., school organization) to micro levels (e.g., classroom processes).

If you want to help bridge the gap between research and educational practice you have to be able to understand, assess and generate solid evidence, and translate these insights into educational initiatives that are fully responsive to the societal issues and contexts in which they are embedded. Our Master track prepares you for these tasks.

*Current master tracks Educational Sciences will be replaced by renewed tracks in 2019.

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diplomaMSc Onderwijswetenschappen
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

  • Focus on what works in education, why and under what circumstances.
  • Profile of applied educational researcher.
  • Solid methodology toolbox for evidence-based practice.
  • Close tutoring and supervision of research projects.
  • Research projects fully integrated in current research of staff members.

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Masterweek Groningen
Van 19 t/m 23 november organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen mastervoorlichting op locatie. Ontmoet de docenten en studenten van de Groningse masteropleidingen. En proef de sfeer in de facultaire gebouwen, collegezalen en laboratoria en natuurlijk in de stad Groningen.
Master's week faculty BSS Groningen
Presentations and information fair


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opbouwIn the course catalog, click a course name for course details and description.
Evidence-Based Education
5 EC
Methods and techniques for evaluation-research
5 EC
Theory of learning and instruction keuzevak
5 EC
Learning problems keuzevak
5 EC
Capita Selecta: Systematic review
5 EC
5 EC
Advanced research methods
5 EC
Internship stage
5 EC
Master thesis afstuderen
20 EC
Organizational management keuzevak
5 EC
Design of learning environments keuzevak
5 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
There are possibilities to conduct parts of the programme abroad. For information, please contact the study advisor.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14350
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics and Research Methodology then we offer the possibility to take pre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if you would qualify for this.For more information have a look at the SPO site about this premaster: http://spo-groningen.nl/premaster-statistics-and-research-methodology/

Related higher professional education (hbo): ALO, PABO of PA, hbo-pedagogiek, HKP, HPO, HSAO, 4-jarige tweedegraads lerarenopleidingen en hbo-psychologie.

For unrelated HBO / university degree you need to submit an admission request (with CV and copy of diploma and grade lists) to: admission committee.pedok@rug.nl
Information about the pre-master: www.spo-groningen.nl

Students with a

  • Bachelor's degree in Pedagogical Sciences from a university other than the University of Groningen
  • Bachelor's degree in Educational Sciences from a university other than the University of Groningen
  • Unrelated higher education (hbo) or university degree

must submit an application for admission (with CV and copy of diploma and grade lists) via https://www.rug.nl/gmw/pedagogy-and-educational-sciences/education/master/aanvraag-toelating-master-pedok

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


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28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

alumnus Elene Romelashvili
I still teach at the international school and I work for the government, for a department at the Ministry of Justice that works on the development and improvement of public services in Georgia.

I did my Bachelor's in Applied Math in Georgia, my home country. For my Master's, also in Applied Math, I went to the US. During this Master's I had my first teaching experience. I taught undergraduate students as a Teaching Assistant. That was when I discovered that I liked teaching.

After my Master's, I returned to Georgia and became a teacher at a British international school in Tbilisi, where I taught mathematics and economics. I enjoyed teaching but I wanted to learn more about education, for example about student motivation, learning methods and educational effectiveness...
My master's thesis was about teacher effectiveness, and I found working on it a great experience. Amongst the courses I took, I found the course about learning problems very useful, because inclusive education in Georgia is not well developed.

Education in the Netherlands is quite different from education in Georgia. In the Netherlands all universities are leading research universities, so all professors are also leading researchers. In Georgia, the government does not fund research, so the universities are only oriented on teaching. Since professors do not conduct research, they are less aware of major developments in their field, which I think is important, especially in the social sciences.
I now live in Tbilisi, where I have two jobs. I still teach at the international school and I work for the government, for a department at the Ministry of Justice that works on the development and
improvement of public services in Georgia. I use the research and writing skills that I developed in Groningen a lot.

I would recommend this Master's programme to anyone interested in educational research. It is very intensive since it is only one year and there are a lot of courses you need to take and a lot of deadlines you have to meet, but it gives you the opportunity to accomplish a lot in a short period of time. Studying in Groningen is really great. It is a fantastic city. Even the weather was not as bad as advertised, at least not in the year I was there.

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student Yohei Kato
Evidence-Based Education is a relatively small programme, but as a result I can effectively communicate with the other students and the professors at a deeper level.

My name is Yohei Kato, and I am originally from Japan. I have a Japanese Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. After graduation, I worked as an international tax consultant for Deloitte for two years. My daily work was full of numbers and tax laws, and one day I realized that my passion was a little bit different. I have always been intrigued by how the human mind develops so I decided to quit my job and move to the US to do a Master's degree in Developmental Psychology.

Next I worked as a maths teacher for two years in New York and Los Angeles...
I was determined to switch my career from teacher to scientist, so I applied for a Master’s programme at the UG. I gained my second Master’s in Talent Development and Creativity last year and I am currently on my third Master’s programme, Evidence-Based Education.
When I lived in the US, I visited a developmental psychologist at Harvard whom I greatly respected. He introduced me to his collaborator at the UG and I decided to continue my studies here. I was not very familiar with the Netherlands or Dutch culture, but I feel that this is the right place for me. Dutch culture is very rich, and what strikes me the most is the difference in sense of time. Everything in Japan happens really quickly, especially in Tokyo; people are always pressed for time. The Dutch are more easy-going.
I really love the Evidence-Based Education programme. Every professor is very knowledgeable, and all the lectures are insightful and scientifically rigorous. They provide me with plenty of theories and skills regarding educational research. Evidence-Based Education is a relatively small programme, but as a result I can effectively communicate with the other students and the professors at a deeper level.
After this programme, I would like to find a PhD position. It is my ambition to become a scientist and a professor.
Yohei Kato, age 31, MA student in Evidence-Based Education

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alumnus Ning Ding
lecturer business research methods & statistics at Hanze University of Applied Sciences

I started my 'International Master in Education' degree programme (now called 'Evidence Based Education') in 2003. I had already received my bachelor's degree in 'History Education in China' and studied 'Adult Education' in Germany. But before I started my Master's at the University of Groningen, I had only learned how to be a qualified teacher.

During the master's programme, I learned how to conduct educational research. I enjoyed that so much that I decided to stay at the RUG for a PhD, and I followed a very interesting course about how to use computers in teaching...
I investigated how to use computers to facilitate students' communication and collaboration. After my PhD, I continued as a post-doc researcher, also in the context of educational technology.
Upon my arrival in Groningen, I assumed the lectures would be the same as in Germany, where I only had lectures, no seminars, and where there wasn't much communication between the teacher and the student. To my surprise, I found out that it was quite different here, and that the Dutch teachers are actually very communicative and friendly. I enjoyed going to class. The master courses have definitely laid a solid basis for my career as a researcher and university lecturer. The research methods I learned from this programme are also still very useful.

I now work at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, where I teach business research methods and statistics. I really enjoy it because I can teach a lot more than during my post-doc, where I only taught a few classes and I didn't have much contact with my students. Also, when I published research articles I tended to think: who will read them? Now, at the Hanze I can directly apply my research findings into my teaching and share my findings with my colleagues.

In 2014, I was the instructional designer of the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) of the Hanze University. It was the first MOOC of a Dutch HBO Institute about economics. Till now, we've ran this MOOC four times, and we have reached students all over the world. This is a good example of something that I used to do research on and which I now apply in practice.

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We have the strong belief that education has the power to transform lives

lecturer/coordinator Mayra Mascareno
Mayra Mascareno – Assistant Professor in the field of Education and Educational Research

I am the coordinator of the Evidence-Based Education Master's track. I am also a researcher and a lecturer on the same programme. I teach two course units for the Master's in Educational Sciences and the Evidence-Based Education track. One of them is 'Methods and techniques for evaluation research', which focuses on examining educational interventions, with a particular emphasis on how to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of programmes.

I also teach a course unit in systematic literature reviews...
There is a lot of research out there, but the findings won’t necessarily reach educational settings. This has several reasons, such as researchers being too focused on their own agendas and practitioners not being able to fully understand what is actually being communicated. This is known as a ‘translation’ problem. This track is designed to help our graduates master that translation. 
My areas of expertise are early childhood education, learning and instruction, and learning opportunities in the classroom. There is a whole combination of factors that make these areas interesting. What I am mainly interested in is how interactions among people help us learn. These interactions are shaped by many different factors. These could be teacher’s characteristics, their personal ideas about teaching, and of course, the students’ characteristics. Everything shapes our interactions and in the end interactions are key to learning.
This track is interesting for students who are interested in improving education, students who are already embedded in educational settings and feel the need to improve this context, and students who want to think critically about educational change, what it is based on and how it is implemented.
After this track there are many job opportunities for educational scientists. Our graduates can become educational consultants, policymakers, educational programme developers, school principals. There is a wide range of career opportunities: from the micro level of the educational system, focused on the improvement of everyday classroom practice, to macro levels of the system focusing on orienting future educational policies. The core is the same, though: a critical, informed and rigorous approach to educational innovation.

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1/3 Rijksuniversiteit
Evidence-Based Education
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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100% Engelstalig
2/3 Rijksuniversiteit
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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70% Nederlandstalig
30% Engelstalig
3/3 Radboud Universiteit
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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90% Nederlandstalig
10% Engelstalig
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

  • Careers in educational policy and counselling, research and practice at a senior level
  • Careers in all sectors of public and private education and training
  • Ideal for research-oriented educational professionals who would like to expand their knowledge base and research skills
current job market

Potentiële beroepen

  • beleidsmedewerker onderwijs
  • directeur basisschool
  • docent onderwijskunde
  • hoofd afdeling welzijn, onderwijs en burgerzaken
  • hoogleraar pedagogiek
  • onderwijsinspecteur
  • onderwijskundige
  • rector school voor voortgezet onderwijs
  • schoolbegeleider
  • universitair (hoofd)docent pedagogiek
bron: UWV


Coby Evers

Academic advisor

E: studyadvice.peduc@rug.nl
T: +31 (0)50 363 6480
W: Coby Evers
Dr. Mayra Mascareño

Programme coordinator

Admission Office
Meer informatie?
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