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.
Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands
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:
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.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
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Assessment interview: For each applicant, the Admissions Committee studies the application file and, if appropriate, interviews the candidate, and decides on the admission. The decision is based on our selection criteria.
Grade list: Excellent study results, with marks in the top segment of the graduating class. Special importance is attached to the study results of research methods and statistics, research practicums, and theses.
Knowledge minimum: Basic knowledge of research methods and applied statistics in social and behavioural science research. Basic knowledge of child psychology (pedagogical sciences) or educational sciences.
Previous education: The programme is meant for students with a Bachelor's degree in Pedagogical Sciences or in Educational Sciences, but the programme is also accessible for students with an Bachelor's degree in an adjacent study (e.g., in Psychology, Sociology) who want to specialise in pedagogical or educational research.
Written request: Applications must submit an application file as early as possible, but no later than 1 May.
Language test: Foreign students who are non-native English speakers should include English test results (of either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the Cambridge International Examination)
Additional language requirements:
The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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