MSc in Pedagogical Sciences: Youth 0-21, Society and Policy

General

Program Description

Our aim is to increase the quality of upbringing, care and education by improving policies and interventions for young people and their social and learning contexts.

Do you want to...

  • Explore how interventions can improve the well-being of young people, their families, schools, and communities?
  • Learn how to successfully implement interventions in child and youth care and education?
  • Discuss the role of research in improving interventions and youth policy?

Then this Master's program might be just ideal for you! Completing this program equips you with...

  • State-of-the-art knowledge of youth research, practices, and policy, how they are linked and how they can improve each other
  • The skills to design, carry out and evaluate youth policy and interventions using interdisciplinary and international insights
  • A reflexive, critical attitude towards youth policies, practices, and innovations

Why study this program in Groningen?

Students actively shape their learning in collaborative learning communities and gain valuable work experience during an internship. Strong connections between our department and the practical field help to prepare you for a variety of professional roles. The unique spectrum of research topics and expertise in different methods ensure that the content of the program reflects the state-of-the-art in youth research.

Program

Year 1

Courses

  • Conceptions, Policies and Youth Participation (5 EC)
  • Contemporary youth issues (5 EC)
  • Decision making in child protection (5 EC)
  • Writing a research proposal (5 EC)
  • Internship (the Netherlands or abroad) (10 EC)
  • DMCP: using Research to Improve Policy and Practice (5 EC)
  • Master's thesis (20 EC)
  • Innovations and Transformations in Youth Care and Education (5 EC)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Knowledge minimum

Als er sprake is van onvoldoende kennis op het gebied van Statistics and Research Methodology is het mogelijk premaster cursussen te volgen. De toelatingscommissie kan aangeven of je hiervoor in aanmerking komt.

Written request

Studenten met

  • een niet verwant universitair diploma
  • een bachelordiploma Pedagogische Wetenschappen behaald aan een andere universiteit dan de RUG

dienen een toelatingsverzoek (met CV en gewaarmerkte kopie van diploma en cijferlijsten).

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Knowledge minimum If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics and Research Methodology then we offer the possibility to take pre-master courses. The Admissions Board will inform you if you would qualify for this.
Previous education Bachelor in Pedagogical Sciences, Educational Sciences, Social Sciences with compulsory modules on children and adolescents or similarly relevant degrees (e.g., Youth Studies, Special Needs Education), Pre-Master SPO graduates.
Reference letter

Candidates must supply two references/letters of recommendation from academic referees who have detailed knowledge of their academic records.

Written request

Write (type) a letter (no larger than one A4 sheet) explaining your motivation to follow this program. You should consider at least the following topics:

  • Your motivation to study at a Master's level;
  • Relevant study and/or work experience;
  • Areas of particular interest in this Master's program;
  • Career perspectives and in what way completing this Master's program would contribute to accomplish them.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 92

Registration procedure

To apply for this program, first, go to Studielink. After you have submitted your details in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with the information necessary to activate your user account for OAS (the Online Application System).

Then, please upload the following documents in OAS:

  • A copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of which you ask admission to our program (both original language and translated in English);
  • A copy of your transcript of records (both original language and translated in English);
  • A copy of your results for one of the mentioned English tests (except for native speakers);
  • A copy of your passport or ID card;
  • A letter of motivation.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 December 2019

01 June 2020

01 December 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

EU/EEA students

01 December 2019

01 June 2020

01 December 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

01 December 2019

01 May 2020

01 December 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 14650 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-202 € 15000 full-time

Job prospects

After completing this Master's program, you will be able to apply for positions in the practical field or in research. Some of your options are:

  • Team coordinator in a child and youth organization where you are responsible for quality assurance and improvement of the work of practitioners by supervising, coordinating, offering support and/or leadership
  • Quality commissioner of a child and youth organization where you interact with other organizations and researchers to bridge sources of knowledge of the good practice
  • In an Agency for Quality Improvement, where you work with researchers, team coordinators and quality employees of child and youth organizations to monitor and improve the quality of professional practice
  • Child & youth officer where you work as a member of a team of civil servants with policymakers, child & youth organizations, and agencies for quality improvement
  • Scientist practitioner where you work with children and their families, and offer support to teachers and other adults who are partners in parenting and initiate and support activities that stimulate civil society and inclusive education
  • If working on the thesis inspires you to do more research, you can apply for Ph.D. positions, write your own Ph.D. proposal, or explore possibilities in governmental and non-governmental research agencies.

Research

Multiple research perspectives and approaches

Many of the teachers in this program are internationally renowned researchers. We are involved in national and international research consortia and organize symposia and workshops such as the International Seminar Series. Our methodological expertise covers qualitative and quantitative techniques including longitudinal studies but also active participatory approaches. Increasingly, these approaches are combined in mixed methods studies to benefits from a plurality of perspectives.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astr ... Read More

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
Groningen , Leeuwarden + 1 More Less