M.Sc. Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence

Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
The Master's in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence focuses on general processes of socialisation and child rearing and offers insight into the development of young people.
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Description of Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence

Why is it that young males in particular tend to get involved in crime? Is it because they have the "wrong" friends? Were they not socialised properly? Is it due to dispositional factors? Are there hereditary factors at work?

From the day a child is born, his family and the culture in which heís raised have a huge impact on his socioemotional development and psychological adjustment. As he grows up, his school and networks of friends and peers become more and more influential on his development. The two-year Masterís programme in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DaSCA) gives you the theoretical and methodological background to analyse this development.

Normal and abnormal socioemotional development

The programme focuses on both normal and abnormal development processes. Explicit attention is given to the study of interventions and risk factors in childrenís and adolescentís cognitive and social-emotional development and adjustment. Through the course topics, youíll address questions such as:

  • What are the early markers of development going awry?
  • How can we improve the way negative outcomes in children and adolescents' are prevented or treated?

This Masterís programme combines advanced coursework with the development of hands-on skills.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15330 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.
  • The percentage of foreign students: 20%
  • The percentage of foreign teachers: 0%

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence

For this programme a numerus fixus of 20 applies.

Grade average: Students with a GPA of 3.4 (or the Dutch equivalent of 7.5) or higher are eligible. Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.4 (Dutch equivalent: 7 or better) may be eligible and will have a chance of being selected if their previous studies fit well with the Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolesence programme, according to the programme's Admissions Committee.

Knowledge minimum: This programme has a statistical entry requirement, which entails the following: 1. a basic course in introductory statistics including topics such: univariate descriptive statistics, correlation, univariate regression, one-way analysis of variance (both descriptive and inferential) and a basic course in the methodology of behavioural and/or social science research (experimentation, surveys, observational studies); 2. knowledge of multivariate analysis tools such as factor analysis, reliability, multiple regression, analysis of variance, dummy variables; 3. hands on experience with the tools just mentioned (for example, experience with SPSS). In total, it is expected that studentes have followed courses totalling approximately 20 EC. If either (2) or (3) is (partly) lacking, this can be remedied in a course of multivariate analysis offered by the Summer School of Utrecht University.

Written request: We ask for a motivational letter including curriculum vitae, and two reference letters

Grade list: We ask for a GPA of 3.4. Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.4 may be eligible and will have a chance of being selected if their previous studies fit well within the programme, according to the programme's admissions committee.

Work Experience for Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence

No work experience is required.

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Utrecht University, Netherlands

Netherlands Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned in the top 15 in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings. The university is located in the city of Utrecht, one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Northern Europe. Joining Utrecht University as a masterís student on one of our 86 English-language Masterís programmes will make you part of an innovative and internationally oriented academic community engaged in cutting-edge and multidisciplinary teaching and research.

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