Utrecht University

Youth Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
Do you want to contribute to the knowledge regarding youth issues, improve the quality of youth welfare and come up with ways to prevent or solve problems that youngsters have? The Master’s programme Youth Studies at Utrecht University will enable you to see beyond the limits of individual fields of study.


You will learn to observe specific issues by combining different social scientific discplines (psychology, pedagogy, sociology, antropology) in an interdisciplinary approach. 

Besides that, you will gain more knowledge about policies and interventions regarding youth issues and develop skills to do research in the field of youth.

This one-year Master's Youth Studies programme at Utrecht University relates to youth themes such as:

  • substance abuse and risky behaviour
  • psychosocial problems
  • radicalization, rightward shifting, intolerance
  • accessibility of health care
  • social media and the social environment of youngsters
  • anti-social and pro-social behaviour
  • youth culture, pop music and social networks
  • sexual development
  • changes in youth welfare and youth policy

Education on the basis of leading research

The faculty does a lot of research into youth issues, changes in youth welfare and youth policy. The researchers who are involved in these themes contribute to the further education of this Master’s programme. A big number of these researchers have excellent international reputations, e.g. Prof Wilma Vollebergh, Prof Maykel Verkuyten, Prof Catrin Finkenauer, Regina van den Eijnden, Prof Tom ter Bogt, Prof Trudie Knijn and since May 2016 Prof John de Wit, Visiting Professor of Social Psychology of Health and Sexuality from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia.

Develop yourself

Within this Master's programme, you can choose from multiple themes, perspectives and methodical approaches. It is also possible to personally design an important part of your Master's research. This freedom of choice stimulates your personal development.

The programme's objective

This Master’s programme will let you develop yourself into an academic professional, ready to function in the big field of youth welfare. This can be in education or therapy, but youth policy or social policy are possible as well.


 Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

Programme Structure


Blocks 1 and 2 provide you with the basic knowledge of interventions and policies by means of, among other things, guest lectures by academics from the field. During 'Youth Studies: an interdisciplinary approach', you will train yourself to read, analyse, interpret and report on scientific research into youth issues. In 'Youth Studies: a Thematic Expansion of Insight', you will do a literature study on your own. You will report on this in a scientifically justifiable way and do a research proposal into the gaps in the literature. Your Master's research will connect to this. The course you choose by yourself will help you to further develop your expertise and graduation profile. During the faculty-organised year-round module 'Academic Professional', you will further expand your professional skills.


During your internship, you will do work that is comparable to the work of a beginning junior in the professional field. You will do this under the supervision of an academic. Your work can be related to the research themes in your Master's thesis, but it does not have to be.


You can choose how you want to do your Master's research:

  • you carry out your own research and report about it in your Master's thesis.
  • you use big data sets that are provided by the ongoing research programmes of the ISS groups. You will analyse them from a theoretically justifiable presentation of a research question and report about it in your thesis.

Going abroad?

There are possibilities to carry out your internship and research abroad. For instance, you can contribute to research of the Youth Programme of the Ministry of General Affairs of Curaçao.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    For non-EU applicants only: if you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for scholarships, you should submit your application before February 1.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.

You have a Bachelor's degree from a non-Dutch university in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS), Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology, Educational Sciences or Sociology,

You possess demonstrable knowledge of youth issues within any of these fields (such as having followed the minor Youth Studies, either in its entirety or in part, within the ISS Bachelor’s programme).

You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

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