At the start of this programme, you will choose a specialisation. All specialisations have one course in common, in which you will learn about the practice of empirical research.
The rest of the year you will spend deepening your scientific knowledge in the field of your choice. You will fulfil an internship and complete your master's project in which you will undertake your own research and prepare a written report of this research project.
The master programme in Education and Child Studies is an academic programme that focuses on the link between theory, research and practice. Students are taught to seek evidence based solutions to problems occurring in child rearing and education. Students choose a specialisation from the start. All specialisations begin with a course on the practice of empirical research. The rest of the year is spent deepening the students' scientific knowledge, doing a research internship and writing a thesis.
You can choose from the following specialisations:
- Applied Neuroscience in Human Development
For those interested in the relation between neuro-cognitive and biological factors, and learning, behaviour and emotions.
- Parenting and Child Development
For those wishing to specialise in the development of children within their family and day-care facilities.
- Digital Media in Human Development
This new master’s specialisation is devoted to the opportunities and challenges of digital media in child rearing and education.
- Educational Science
This specialisation is dedicated to the factors that influence the process of learning, reading, and arithmetic in school pupils.
- Learning Problems and Impairments (international track)
In this specialisation, you will learn to recognise and treat many common learning problems.
- Leerproblemen (Dutch)
- Orthopedagogiek (Dutch)
- Forensische Gezinspedagogiek (Dutch)
- Kinderen met leer- en gedragsproblemen in het Onderwijs (Dutch)
Admission and Application
Do you want to apply for this master’s programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step-by-step guide below: