Master in Youth Studies


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Program Description

Examine Youth Issues from Different Disciplinary Perspectives

Adolescence is a period of major developmental changes. Under which conditions do young people grow up to be confident, social, well-integrated, healthy and happy adults? How do problems emerge? You will learn to observe and examine youth issues by combining input from different social scientific disciplines (psychology, pedagogy, sociology, anthropology) in an interdisciplinary approach.

The one-year Master's programme in Interdisciplinary Social Science: Youth Studies relates to topics and challenges which are relevant and/or unique to youth such as:

  • Social inequalities and mental and physical health
  • Marginalisation, radicalisation and exclusion
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Antisocial and criminal behaviour
  • Youth culture and popular music
  • Social media and internet use and misuse
  • Interventions and policies to enhance the position of young people

As a Youth Studies student, you will contribute to knowledge regarding youth issues. You will learn to improve the quality of youth welfare and develop ways to prevent or solve problems associated with adolescence and young adulthood. By integrating knowledge from different disciplines you will be able to understand youth issues and to address youth problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research. Additionally, you will gain knowledge about policies and interventions regarding youth issues, and develop academic skills to conduct research in the field of youth.

Education on the Basis of Leading Research

We have a strong research team, conducting investigations on a broad range of youth issues, changes in youth welfare and youth policy. The programme’s instructional staff consists of researchers with excellent national and international reputation, including Prof Catrin Finkenauer, Prof Wilma Vollebergh, Prof Tom ter Bogt, Prof John de Wit, Dr Regina van den Eijnden, Dr Gonneke Stevens, Dr Ina Koning, Dr Margreet de Looze, and Dr Margot Peeters.

Develop Yourself

Through an innovative approach in interdisciplinary science, the Master’s programme will prepare you for the challenges associated with today’s increasingly global and diverse workforce in academic institutes, policy organisations, and NGOs. It offers you an exciting choice of themes, perspectives and methodological approaches and provides you with the opportunity to personally design an important part of your Master's research. You will also participate in an internship in an organization in the professional field of youth studies. This freedom of choice stimulates your personal development and optimally prepares you for a career in research or advisory positions.

Programme Objectives

This Master’s programme will prepare you for a career in the field of youth research, youth welfare and youth policy. By acquiring in-depth knowledge on youth issues, academic skills and competencies you will develop into a highly-qualified science practitioner. You will receive structured and systematic training in theoretically and methodologically advanced research that will equip you to help solve social problems in the field of youth either within or outside of academia.

After your Master

Your prospects after this Master's program are good. Youth welfare has gained significant momentum. This Master's program greatly emphasizes current social themes, which allows it to connect excellently to current developments. The program also takes advantage of the growing demand for evidence-based actions regarding prevention and treatment of youth problems.

Possible Career Paths

This Master’s program will make you a social-scientifically schooled university graduate fit for a variety of jobs in the wide scope of youth welfare.

Professional Career

Some examples of jobs are:

  • Staff employee
  • Policy consultant
  • Youth-welfare researcher
  • Academic employee
  • Intervention specialist
  • Prevention employee
  • Manager

Where will you be working?

  • At the national, provincial or municipal government
  • In youth welfare or youth health care
  • In the education sector
  • At institutes focused on research, knowledge development, knowledge application and implementation of scientific knowledge regarding youth issues. Think along the lines of the Trimbos Institute, the Netherlands Youth Institute, the Netherlands Institute for Social Research, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and the World Health Organisation.

Academic Career

What will your job be?

  • Researcher (PhD candidate/PhD)

Where will you be working?

  • At a university or (with a lectureship) at a Dutch university of applied sciences

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