Child Development and Education (Research MSc)
The programme takes two years to complete.
In order to graduate, students must attain 120 ECTS credits.
A distinction is made in the curriculum between:
- disciplinary courses
- courses in methods and statistics
- writing and presentation skills
- internship and research projects
For an overview of the programme and course descriptions, please download the information brochure.
Within the research master programme, students can follow two separate routes: a 'regular route' or a 'clinical route'
The regular route is open to all research master students. In the regular route, students take the introductory course, three courses in methods and statistics, and a supporting course, and they choose five disciplinary courses. The disciplinary courses can be chosen in such a way that an ‘education’ or a ‘child development’ direction can be followed. In addition, students conduct a research internship in the first year, and a thesis in the second year.
The clinical route is only open to Dutch students, because it is meant for students who want to work as a clinical researcher or “science-practitioner” in the Dutch practice and want to be registered as a clinical diagnostician (in Dutch: “Orthopedagoog Generalist” or “Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog”). To qualify for the official continuation courses and training for clinical professions in the Netherlands, students must (1) have a bachelor’s degree in pedagogy or psychology with a study programme that meets the requirements described elsewhere (see study guide master programme “Orthopedagogiek or Forensische orthopedagogiek Registraties voor klinisch orthopedagoog en GZ-opleiding"), and (2) follow the clinical route within the research master programme.
Students in the clinical route can choose either the ‘Orthopedagogiek’ direction, or the ‘Forensische Orthopedagogiek’ direction. All students in the clinical route take the introductory course, three courses in methods and statistics, a supporting course, and the clinical course ‘From diagnostics to treatment’. Students following the ‘Orthopedagogiek’ direction take the disciplinary courses ‘Developmental and parenting problems’ and ‘Learning and social-emotional disorders in educational contexts’, and one additional disciplinary course. Students following the ‘Forensische Orthopedagogiek’ direction take the course ‘Criminal behaviour of juveniles’, and at least one of the other two clinical courses (‘Developmental and parenting problems’ or ‘Learning and social-emotional disorders in educational contexts’). In addition, they choose one additional disciplinary course. Students in the clinical route conduct a clinical internship in the second year, and already start with their thesis in the first year.
Please note that the clinical route is only relevant for Dutch students, as this route qualifies for the continuation courses for clinical professions in the Netherlands. In other countries other requirements apply. However, international students can of course follow the clinical research master courses Developmental and parenting problems, Learning and social-emotional disorders in educational contexts, and Criminal behaviour of juveniles, and choose clinical subjects for their thesis work.