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.
Upon successful completion of the programme, the student will receive a Master's degree in Educational Sciences and the title Master of Science (MSc).
Students can tailor the programme to meet their specific interests by choosing disciplinary courses, and specific topics for their research projects. For example, students can specialise in pedagogical research, school research, clinical research, etc.
The clinical track (orthopedagogiek)
The programme's clinical track includes clinical practice and clinical cases. It enables students to qualify for certified advanced courses and training for clinical professions, including the NVO's Orthopedagogist (Orthopedagoog Generalist) programme, or the statutory Health Care Psychologist (GZ Psycholoog) training programmes. Graduates will eventually be able to work as science-practitioners in clinical research.
Students complete two research projects and write two theses. The topic of the first research project (21 credits) is chosen halfway through the first year of study. Preparations for the more extensive second project (32 credits) may begin as early as the start of the second year. In the first project, students participate in one of the department's research groups, where they contribute to ongoing research. In the second project, students work more autonomously and write a research proposal first. Both projects are concluded with a thesis.
Research projects are ideally suited to being combined with internships, which can be found, for example, within the department's Research Institute, elsewhere at the UvA, or at other universities, including foreign ones. For students in the Research Master's clinical track, an internship at UvA/Virenze is particularly attractive, as it allows them to combine research practice with clinical practice.
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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