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Child Development and Education (research MSc)

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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The 2-year Research Master in Child Development and Education trains students to design, conduct, and report research in the field of child development and education.

The two-year Research Master's programme trains students to do research into the nature, development and explanation of children's attributes. While topics vary, they share the bioecological model as a common theoretical framework. Students conduct two projects to apply the knowledge and technical skills that they will acquire throughout the programme. After the programme, students are qualified for research positions in fundamental or applied research.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam has a strong tradition in empirical research and in connecting the teaching with the practice of research. In learning to develop their research skills, students will benefit from the department's extensive experimental research facilities, among which video-monitored observation rooms, a baby lab and an ERP research lab equipped with facilities for taking electro-physiological measurements. Students may also participate in observational and interventional research in families or classrooms, in large-scale skills-testing research on children and adults, or in conducting educational surveys using questionnaires for different target groups.


2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar


The following additional criteria apply:
* Good writing skills, as indicated by written academic work.
* Sufficient active and passive proficiency in English.
* An active interest in research.
* The ambition to become a researcher.


This Research Master's programme combines the disciplines pedagogical and educational sciences. Students can make their own personal study programme and choose courses within the programme in topics like Developmental and parenting problems, Micro processes in school and learning or Childhood education, family support and development. Dutch students can also follow the clinical route. The clinical route is meant for students who want to work as a clinical researcher or 'science-practitioner'.


It's a two-year Master's programme. Students choose from disciplinary courses on child development, parenting or education. In addition, students take an introductory course on bioecological models, courses in methods and statistics, and a supporting course in writing and presentation skills. Each student carries out two research projects. Dutch students can also follow the clinical route. The clinical route is meant for students who want to work as a clinical researcher or 'science-practitione

instruction modes

The courses are organised in small groups, allowing for intensive interaction between staff members and students. Presentation is not only done by the staff members, but also by students who are invited to present and comment upon topics of interest. In the methodological/statistical courses, advanced designs and techniques are presented and illustrated with applications in the Educational Sciences. Furthermore, the students practice relevant skills.


- Students get intensive guidance during the two year programme.
* The instituition offers housing for international students. Margreet Bijlmer is the international coordinator in the department of Child Development and Education, international.office@fmg.uva.nl.

job perspective

Following successful completion of the programme, students are qualified to apply for an existing PhD project or to create their own PhD project by submitting a PhD project proposal and applying for a research grant. Students can also apply for a position in applied research, such as the SCO-Kohnstamm Institute or UvAminds. Such positions often lead to a PhD degree. Students may also find research jobs elsewhere, such as in the public or private sector.


The Research Master's programme in Child Development and Education integrates pedagogical research and educational research. Both disciplines are characterised by empirical research into learning and development processes in various settings, that is carried out with advanced quantitative and qualitative techniques.

study abroad

Students will be informed and supported about possibilities to go abroad, to study, to do research or for an internship.

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 24 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 120