MSc Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence

Utrecht University

Program Description

MSc Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence

Utrecht University

How do socialisation contexts influence the development of children and adolescents?

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 he’s 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 Master’s 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 focusses on both normal and abnormal development processes. Explicit attention is given to the study of interventions and risk factors in children’s and adolescent’s cognitive and social-emotional development and adjustment. Through the course topics, you’ll 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 Master’s programme combines advanced coursework with the development of hands-on skills.

International focus

All courses and communications are in English and the programme is designed to allow you to practice advanced English communication skills while gaining an international perspective on topics related to development and socialisation. Some of the lecturers are from abroad (US, Belgium, Croatia, and Finland) or hold positions abroad (UK), and the programme attracts a number of international students. You will also have the opportunity to visit English-speaking conferences in the Netherlands organised by the participating research groups.

Programme Objective

The Master’s programme in Development and Socialisation is designed as preparation for PhD research. By starting the programme with the foundation of a Bachelor’s degree in (developmental) psychology, pedagogy, or interdisciplinary social sciences, you’ll develop into a qualified researcher with excellent job perspectives. The programme is strongly driven by research, and your lecturers and supervisors will be members of the four research groups in the research priority area Child and Adolescent Studies (CAS).

Do you wish to pursue a professional career as a researcher outside of a university environment? This programme provides training for that as well, and it also offers you the possibility of obtaining a clinical starting qualification.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 25, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
2,006 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Utrecht
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 2,006 EUR
Statutory fee - fulltime 2017-2018: € 2,006 (NL/EU); Institutional fee 2017-2018: € 15,167 (non EU/EEA)