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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Communication and Deafblindness at University of Groningen

Would you like to analyse and improve the communication possibilities of deafblind people? Then this is the programme for you.

The Master's degree in Communication and Deafblindness is aunique programme during which you acquire theoretical andmethodological skills. These skills will enable you to analysecommunication in situations that are specific to the field ofdeafblindness. You will learn to apply this knowledge in thecontexts of research and intervention. The programme is especiallyinteresting for those who are already working as professionals andwho would like to expand their basic knowledge and researchskills.
The programme starts with the course Introduction to Communicationwith people with Deafblindness. In this course, you will learnabout fundamental communicative processes, including topics likeearly symbolic communication and narratives and the role ofgestures in communication and thinking.
After the introductory course, students receive coaching inmethodology. You will also perform a practical training and write alearner's report. In addition, you will carry out research andwrite a Master's thesis.

Would you like to analyse and improve the communication possibilities of deafblind people? Then this is the programme for you.

The Master's degree in Communication and Deafblindness is aunique programme during which you acquire theoretical andmethodological skills. These skills will enable you to analysecommunication in situations that are specific to the field ofdeafblindness. You will learn to apply this knowledge in thecontexts of research and intervention. The programme is especiallyinteresting for those who are already working as professionals andwho would like to expand their basic knowledge and researchskills.
The programme starts with the course Introduction to Communicationwith people with Deafblindness. In this course, you will learnabout fundamental communicative processes, including topics likeearly symbolic communication and narratives and the role ofgestures in communication and thinking.
After the introductory course, students receive coaching inmethodology. You will also perform a practical training and write alearner's report. In addition, you will carry out research andwrite a Master's thesis.

After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation, you have the knowledge and skills needed towork in the field of education related to deafblindness. Thisprogramme gives you a good basis for consultancy work in educationand for further research.

After graduation, you have the knowledge and skills needed towork in the field of education related to deafblindness. Thisprogramme gives you a good basis for consultancy work in educationand for further research.

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Pedagogical SciencesUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Pedagogical SciencesAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
All Research universities

Via a pre-master

Additional requirements:
  • written request

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics andResearch Methodology then we offer the possibility to takepre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if youwould qualify for this. For more information have a look at the SPOsite about this premaster: http://spo-groningen.nl/(...)esearch-methodology/

language test

The official language of the programme is English. Non-nativeEnglish speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results forone of the following standard tests: TOEFL: ≥ 580 paper-basedtest, ≥ 237 computer-based test; ≥ 92 internet-based;IELTS (Academic): ≥ Band 6.5 Official test results must besupplied. Please note, we do not accept Institutional TOEFL resultsas evidence of English proficiency.

math testNo further information
previous education

Bachelor Pedagogical Sciences, Educational Sciences, SocialSciences or a similar relevant Bachelor's degree (e.g. YouthStudies, Special Needs Education etc.) and sufficient knowledge ofmethodology.

reference letter

Candidates must supply two references/letters of recommendationfrom academic referees who have detailed knowledge of theiracademic record.

written request

Please register through StudieLink. After you have submittedyour details in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with theinformation necessary to activate your user account for OAS (theOnline Application System). See the following website for someguidance in OAS: http://www.rug.nl/(...)plication-procedure/

Please upload the following documents in OAS:

  • a certified copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis ofwhich you ask admission to our programme (both original languageand translated in English)
  • a certified copy of your transcript of records (both originallanguage and translated in English)
  • a certified copy of your results for one of the mentionedEnglish tests (exc. for native speakers)
  • a copy of your passport or ID card
  • a letter of motivation
  • two references

If you have any doubts about your application, please contact usat: bss.msc.admission@rug.nl.

Write (type) a letter (no larger than one A4 sheet) explainingyour motivation to follow this programme. You should consider atleast the following topics:

  • Your motivation to study at a Master's level;
  • Relevant study and/or work experience;
  • Areas of particular interest in this Master's programme;
  • Career perspectives and in what way completing this Master'sprogramme would contribute to accomplish them.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics andResearch Methodology then we offer the possibility to takepre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if youwould qualify for this.For more information have a look at the SPOsite about this premaster: http://spo-groningen.nl/(...)esearch-methodology/

previous education
  • A bachelor's degree programme in special needs, education oranother relevant bachelor's degree programme and sufficientknowledge of methodology.
  • A non relevant bachelor's degree and a completed SPOpremaster.
written request

Admission depends on the courses taken in the bachelor'sprogram. A pre-master may be necessary (seewww.spo-groningen.nl).Students with a completed pre-master areimmediately admissable.

other admission requirements

For more information about the admission procedure please contact the admissions comittee: toelatingscommissie.pedok@rug.nl.For more information about the tracks, please contact the studyadvisor: studieadvies.pedok@rug.nl

Registration procedure

Please register through StudieLink. After you have submittedyour details in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with theinformation necessary to activate your user account for OAS (theOnline Application System).

Please upload the following documents in OAS:
* a certified copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of whichyou ask admission to our programme (both original language andtranslated in English)
* a certified copy of your transcript of records (both originallanguage and translated in English)
* a certified copy of your results for one of the mentioned Englishtests (exc. for native speakers)
* a copy of your passport or ID card
* a letter of motivation
* two references
If you have any doubts about your application, please contact usat: bss.msc.admission@rug.nl.

For more information about the tracks, please contact thestudy advisor: studieadvies.pedok@rug.nl

For the registration procedure please have a look at http://www.rug.nl/(...)n/inschrijven/masteror contact admission@rug.nl.

For more information about the tracks, please contact thestudy advisor: studieadvies.pedok@rug.nl.


Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based240
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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