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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.

The Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DaSCA) programme focuses on general processes of socialisation and child rearing and on normative developmental pathways. Considerable attention is given to the risk factors involved in the development of children and adolescents with a view to developing treatment strategies and preventive systematic intervention programmes. The programme courses focus on theory and research in development and socialisation in childhood and adolescence, methodology and statistics, and basic academic skills. In the second year students will complete an internship and write their thesis in the form of a draft research article for international publication. Until now about 70% of DaSCA graduates obtained a PhD position within 4 months of graduation, whereas the the other graduates obtained research jobs outside university. Looking for more information? On you will find more information on the study programme, on where our alumni start their professional careers and much more.

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
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

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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

No work experience is required.

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