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Deafblindness

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 Deafblindness (formerly: Communication and Deafblindness) is a unique programme during which you acquire theoretical and methodological skills. These skills will enable you to analyse communication in situations that are specific to the field of deafblindness. You will learn to apply this knowledge in the contexts of research and intervention. The programme is especially interesting for those who are already working as professionals and who would like to expand their basic knowledge and research skills.

The programme starts with the course Introduction to Communication with people with Deafblindness. In this course, you will learn about fundamental communicative processes, including topics like early symbolic communication and narratives and the role of gestures in communication and thinking.

After the introductory course, students receive coaching in methodology. You will also perform a practical training and write a learner's report. In addition, you will carry out research and write a Master's thesis.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Pedagogical Sciences
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
66607
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Behavioural and Social Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?
Programme
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Introduction to Deafblindness (5 EC)

theoretical and clinical skills enabling them to analyse communication in complex situations with regard to congenital deafblind persons and their educators. (lectures and practical exercises) read more: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/gmw/vak/show?module=89109

Masterproject and thesis (50 EC)

consists of 3 parts: Coaching and support in methodology, practical training and learners report, research and thesis. To complete the programme the students have to link their master project to overall theories and models.(lectures, netbased supervision, practical training), read more: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/gmw/vak/show?module=89111

Theories and Models (5 EC)

reflections on special needs education and youth care – Bridging theory and practice (self-study) (essay) read more: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/gmw/vak/show?module=89110

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

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/

previous education
  • A bachelor's degree programme in special needs, education or another relevant bachelor's degree programme and sufficient knowledge of methodology.
  • A non relevant bachelor's degree and a completed SPO premaster.
other admission requirements

For more information about the admission procedure please contact the admissions committee: toelatingscommissie.pedok rug.nl. For more information about the tracks, please contact the study advisor: studieadvies.pedok rug.nl

Registration procedure

For the registration procedure please have a look at http://www.rug.nl/education/nederlandse-studenten/inschrijven/master or contact admission rug.nl.

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


Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Research universities

Via a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC

Additional requirements:
  • written request
Academic training primary school teacherAll Research universitiesAdditional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Pedagogical SciencesUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

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/

language test

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

math testNo further information
previous education

Bachelor Pedagogical Sciences, Educational Sciences, Social Sciences or a similar relevant Bachelor's degree (e.g. Youth Studies, Special Needs Education etc.) and sufficient knowledge of methodology.

reference letter

Candidates must supply two references/letters of recommendation from academic referees who have detailed knowledge of their academic record.

written request

Please register through StudieLink. After you have submitted your details in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with the information necessary to activate your user account for OAS (the Online Application System). See the following website for some guidance in OAS: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/

Please upload the following documents in OAS:

  • a certified copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of which you ask admission to our programme (both original language and translated in English)
  • a certified copy of your transcript of records (both original language and translated in English)
  • a certified copy of your results for one of the mentioned English tests (exemption for native speakers)
  • a copy of your passport or ID card
  • a letter of motivation

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

Write (type) a letter (no larger than one A4 sheet) explaining your motivation to follow this programme. You should consider at least 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's programme would contribute to accomplish them.

Language requirements

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

Registration procedure

To apply for this programme, first go to Studielink. After you have submitted your details in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with the information necessary to activate your user account for OAS (the Online Application System).
See the application procedure for some guidance in OAS.

Then, please upload the following documents in OAS:

* a certified copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of which you ask admission to our programme (both original language and translated in English)
* a certified copy of your transcript of records (both original language and translated in English)
* a certified copy of your results for one of the mentioned English 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 us at: bss.msc.admission rug.nl.

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

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 June 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 June 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 15000full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

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

Research

Research Centre on Profound and Multiple Disabilities

The Master programme Deafblindness is linked to the Research Centre on Profound and Multiple Disabilities.


Field of research

  • domains for research are concentrated on the topic of communication with people with deafblindness
  • research is also conducted in the field of people who are deafblind and have additional disabilities, or in the field of people with sensory and multiple disabilities
  • research lines are: meaning-creation, tactile communication, assessment, communication and transition to a cultural language



Research Centre on Profound and Multiple Disabilities.

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						Testimonial of Student Joao Canossa

    Joao Canossa - Director of Rehabilliation Services at ARCIL, Portugal / Language Therapist

    – Student Joao Canossa
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    I am the Director of Rehabilitation Services at ARCIL, Portugal. At this same organization, I also work as a Speech and Language Therapist, mostly with children with developmental disorders and/or disability at the Early Intervention level. As a Speech and Language Therapist, I mostly work with individuals with complex communication support needs, in many cases due to disability.

    Having experience with children and young people with multiple disability, autism spectrum disorder and severe intellectual disability amongst others, I started searching for training that would enhance my skills in this field. I intended to specialize in communication and in providing the appropriate support for individuals with more complex communication support needs.

    When I studied at the RUG I continued to work as a Speech and Language therapist and the expertise gained in the Master Communication and Deafblindness turned out to be very helpful. As a director, the knowledge, attitudes and skills related to Education and Social Sciences are also useful, enhancing my ability to analyze and reflect my options.

    The research component of the Master was very interesting and useful, especially because it motivates us to use Qualitative Methods and study a specific subject in depth. This way, I became more critical and demanding with quality in research and capable of developing good research projects, academically and in my work place. I am also more aware of diverse methodologies for research and how to use them in my daily work.

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						Testimonial of Student Caroline Lindstrom

    You learn how to analyse communication in complex situations and how to stimulate progress.

    – Student Caroline Lindstrom
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    My name is Caroline Lindstrom. I am from Sweden and I work in special education for a Swedish organization that provides services for people with congenital deafblindness. Some of my Nordic colleagues completed the Master's programme in Communication and Deafblindness in Groningen. This is how I heard about the programme. It is the only programme in the world which focuses on deafblindness, and is a truly international programme with lecturers and students from all over the world.

    I stayed in the Netherlands for only a month, and subsequently followed the programme from a distance. After a month-long intensive study programme, the students leave Groningen and write their reports and theses from their home countries. You have regular contact with your supervisor and classmates online. Every year in March you meet with supervisors and fellow students again. I believe this set-up works very well and is beneficial to international students, since they are able to return to their daily activities quickly. Many of the students combine work and studies, and that means that you have to be strict in order to stay focused on the programme. I recommend setting a schedule which gives you time both to write the thesis and to focus on your profession.

    I was very happy to find that there is a Master’s track wholly focused on communication and deafblindness. What I value most is the strong link between the practical field on the one hand and the literature and theory on the other. Most of the students have practical experience. This results in an interesting mix of perspectives which enrich the learning environment. The programme improved my understanding of methodological skills and different interventions which aim to improve communication.

    The programme is interesting and useful for everyone interested in communication. You learn how to analyse communication in complex situations and how to stimulate progress. The programme is especially interesting for people who are already professionals.

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Study associations

ODIOM

ODIOM is the study association for Pedagogy and Educational Sciences, Academic Teacher-Training for Primary Education and the SPO switching program.
ODIOM has over 700 members. The activities of ODIOM include: lectures, excursions to (ortho-) pedagogical institutions, foreign travel, the introduction camp for freshmen, sporting and social activities and drinks and parties. Members receive the ODIOM magazine and a discount on all study books.
https://www.odiom.nl/
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