Master in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence

General

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Program Description

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 socio-emotional development and psychological adjustment. As he grows up, his school and networks of friends and peers become more and more influential in 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 Socio-emotional Development

The programme focuses 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. Working through the course topics, you’ll address questions such as:

  • What are the early markers of development that has gone 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.

High Quality

The programme is recognised as a high-quality programme and has been awarded high ratings in the past years by established rankings in the Netherlands.

International Focus

All courses and communications are in English. 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, and Croatia) 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 held in the Netherlands that are organised by the participating research groups.

Programme Objective

The Master’s programme in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence is designed as preparation for a PhD position. 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 interdisciplinary research groups in the research priority 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.

Clinical Work

For students who are, in addition to research, also interested in clinical work, there is a possibility to follow a clinical track within DaSCA. As an important part of the clinical track involves a clinical internship, this track is only open for the students with a suitable BA programme (i.e., containing courses on psychopathology, diagnostic assessment, interventions, and clinical skills). After following the clinical track, Dutch students can obtain the Dutch clinical starting qualification: registration as ‘basis orthopedagoog’, basic entry psychodiagnostics (BAPD) and entry requirements for further education as Health psychologist (GZ psycholoog).

International students should be aware that for a large majority of the clinical internship places, command of the Dutch language is required. We are willing to work together with you on a creative solution (such as a clinical internship in your own or in an English speaking country, Dutch international school etc.), but at this moment we cannot offer any guarantees that suitable places and qualified supervision for such clinical internships can be found.

Career Prospects

The connection between this Master’s programme and the job market is excellent. DaSCA alumni from previous years have generally been very successful in finding a job after their studies.

The programme is designed as preparation for PhD studies. However, it also provides training for students who wish to pursue a professional career as a researcher outside of a university setting.

Academic Careers

Of our graduates, 65% entered a PhD programme. They are working in PhD positions in universities such as:

Utrecht University; Radboud University; University of Amsterdam; VU University Amsterdam; University of Groningen; Leiden University; University of Nottingham (UK), Colombia University (US), Leuven University (Belgium), University of Reading (UK), University of Roehampton (UK).

What does your job involve?

As a PhD student, you will conduct four years of research at a university in the Netherlands or abroad, writing scientific publications and working as a teacher for Bachelor’s and Master’s students. After you obtain your degree, you can apply for a research function.

Professional Careers

Other alumni (35%) pursued careers outside of academia. They are working in positions such as:

  • Researcher (Office for National Statistics, UK; Department of Methods and Statistics, Utrecht University; TNO; Zorgverzekeraars Nederland)
  • Clinician (Opdidakt, Altrecht, Trajectum)
  • Software developer
  • Teacher
  • Senior policymaker (Dutch Knowledge Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

What does your job involve?

  • Researcher in social education issues: You will perform research at institutions and organisations in the field of child welfare or education.
  • Teacher/trainer in pedagogical skills: You will give pedagogical explanations about problems and teach professionals how to practice therapeutic conversation.
  • Special education generalist/remedial educationalist: You will perform diagnostic studies, suggest treatment plans, and execute these plans in settings such as welfare or special education schools.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less