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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

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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

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

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