Master of Science in Pedagogical Sciences: Youth at Risk

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Master of Science in Pedagogical Sciences: Youth at Risk

University of Amsterdam

Are you interested in how social contexts affect the development of children, adolescents and young adults? Do you want to make a difference in the well-being of young people? The Master’s track Youth at Risk prepares you to become a scientist-practitioner in the field of preventive youth care, parenting and education, to enhance the development of youth at risk.

Key topics In this Master’s track

  • individual susceptibility to risk (genes, neurobiology, personality and cognitive ability)
  • oppositional, defiant, and antisocial or delinquent behaviour in youths
  • psychosocial problems, (social) anxiety and depressive moods
  • child abuse, and foster and adoption family constellations
  • learning disabilities, truancy, dropout, and school and teacher support factors
  • intervention (induced) effects, effective elements, and implementation practices

A Master about social contexts and youth development

Students will develop advanced insight into the typical development of children and adolescents, and into the multiple and complex ways in which major social contexts―parents, peers, school, ―influence this development. Students will also learn about youth who are at risk for problems in their social-emotional and academic development, and for mental health problems, and will learn about preventions to counter developmental risks.

In this Master's track students will:

  • discuss and evaluate scientific theories and research on resilience and risk factors in social-emotional and cognitive development across childhood and adolescence
  • learn about the important role of culture and diversity in child development, and identify the specific populations of young people that are most in need of preventive treatment
  • learn to translate scientific evidence into effective prevention and intervention programs and into educational and youth care policies that positively impact parenting and family functioning, peer networks, and educational settings

Accreditation and degree

The quality of this Master's degree has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally recognised Master of Science (MSc) degree in Pedagogical Sciences, with the specialisation Youth at Risk.

Career prospects

In the Master's track Youth at Risk students are trained to become leaders in the field of youth care.

After completion of the Master's track Youth At Risk, you have the knowledge and skills to become professionally active in working with youth at risk in different professional areas: policy, practice, and research and development of prevention and intervention programmes. You will receive the title of “Master of Science” (MSc.).

Typically, students who graduate from this Master's track will be working as:

  • a coordinator of preventive health teams, overseeing the work of professional teams in preventive youth care or education;
  • a trainer or developer of evidence-based preventive interventions;
  • as a policymaker—on municipal, state, or national level—in youth care or educational contexts.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 11, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
12 months
Full time
2,060 EUR
EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €14,740 per year.
Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
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