Are you interested in themes such as adolescents' substance use and addiction problems, antisocial and criminal behavior, marginalization and exclusion, excessive use of social media, and social inequalities and mental and physical health? Would you like to know why Dutch youngsters are among the happiest in Europe?

The Master’s program Youth Studies will enable you to look beyond the limits of individual fields of study. You will learn to observe and examine specific issues by combining different social scientific disciplines (psychology, pedagogy, sociology, anthropology) in an interdisciplinary approach.

By integrating knowledge from different disciplines you will be able to advance the fundamental understanding of 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.

This one-year Master's program relates to topics and challenges relevant and, often, unique to youth such as:

  • substance use, addiction, and risky behavior
  • psychosocial problems
  • social inequalities and wellbeing
  • radicalization, discrimination, intolerance
  • accessibility of health care
  • social media and the digital environment of youngsters
  • antisocial and prosocial behavior
  • youth culture, pop music and cultural lifestyle
  • friendship, social networks and the social environment of adolescents
  • sexual development and behavior
  • changes in youth welfare and youth policy


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


Through an innovative approach in interdisciplinary science, the Master’s program will prepare you for the challenges associated with today’s increasingly global and diverse workforce in academic institutes, policy organizations, 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.


This Master’s program 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 a 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.


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.


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 lectorship) at a Dutch university of applied sciences

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated August 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
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2,083 EUR
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 15,575, 2019-20: € 16,600
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Master in Youth Studies