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Research Master
Child Development and Education
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What is this programme about?
Find out what the Research master's Child development and education is about in this video with student Sara Iyi and programme manager Annette van Maanen.
Meet & Ask
Meet a student and a lecturer during a live online session. After a short presentation you can ask them everything you would like to know about the programme. Meet & Ask sessions are scheduled on Thursday 11 February from 4.30-5.30pm (CET) and on Monday 15 February from 4-5pm (CET).
Online consultation study advisers
Do you have questions about admission with regards to your prior education or do you wish advice about your options or personal circumstances? Please, feel free to make an online appointment with one of the study advisers.
Campus tour
Roeterseiland Campus (REC) is one of the four open city campuses of the University of Amsterdam. Most lectures of the research master's programme Child Development and Education are scheduled at REC. Watch the video on the right to get an impression!
Mini lecture Iatrogenic intervention effects
In this mini lecture Prof. Dr. Geertjan Overbeek tells us more about iatrogenic intervention effects in research.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why would I follow a research master’s programme, rather than a regular master’s programme?

    If you have an active interest in research, are looking for a challenge, value an international and highly interactive programme, are motivated to learn more about how to conduct research in the field of child development and education and have the ambition to become a researcher, possibly combining it with other (clinical) tasks, the research master is the right programme for you

  • Is the clinical route in the research master also accessible for international students?

    The clinical route is only open to Dutch-speaking students, as this route qualifies for the continuation courses for clinical professions in the Netherlands and prepares you to work in the Dutch clinical practice. The clinical route therefore also consists of some courses in Dutch (the diagnostics and treatment practicals). Also, the clinical route is not very relevant to international students, as in other countries other requirements apply for working in clinical                 practice. However, international students can still follow the clinical research master courses ‘Developmental and parenting problems’, ‘Learning and social-emotional disorders in educational contexts’, and ‘Criminal behaviour of juveniles’, and can choose clinical subjects for their thesis work.

  • What research topics are covered in the research master programme?

    In the research master, topics in the broad field of child development and education are addressed. Some examples of research lines with regard to child development are: child development and parenting in traditional and non-traditional families, the role of the father, the relation between temperament and parenting, the quality of professional child care, aetiology of abnormal child development (including anxiety, deficits in moral development, and juvenile delinquency), preventive and curative interventions targeting child-rearing problems and psychopathology.

    Examples of research lines related to education are: social outcomes of education, instruction, learning processes and learning disorders, domain-specific learning (e.g. literacy, history, arts, mathematics, science), innovation in education, motivation and learning, philosophy of education, school segregation, student-teacher relationships, vocational education, educational policy.

    Dependent on the courses you choose, these are topics you may encounter in the research master and you can choose these (or related) topics for your research internship and thesis.

  • How do I choose a topic for my research internship and thesis?

    In the introductory meeting of the Research Internship that will take place in September, researchers from the department will present their research lines and possible topics you can choose for your research internship or thesis. In addition, it is also possible to come up with your own topic if you already have a specific idea about what you would like to research. In that case, the thesis coordinator will help you to find a supervisor who has expertise on this topic.

  • Do I necessarily have to apply for a PhD position after finishing the research master, or are there also other job opportunities?

    After finishing the research master, you are indeed qualitied to apply for a PhD position and to conduct PhD research. In fact, many of our alumni indeed become PhD researchers either at the University of Amsterdam, another university in the Netherlands, or abroad, but it is also possible to work in a research position outside the university. However, you are also in a good position to apply for other vacancies, such as for policy adviser, data scientist or any other positions related to the field of child development and education.

    For students who have followed the clinical track, many alumni choose for positions in clinical practice, often in combination with doing research, and work as a science practitioner.

A day in the life of CDE student Isabelle
In this vlog Isabelle Krüter takes you along on her day and tells you how she experiences the Research master's Child development and education (CDE), studying and student life.

Questions? Ask one of our students

If you would like to learn more the research master's programme Child Development and Education and studying at the University of Amsterdam, feel free to contact one of our current students to hear about her experiences. 

Copyright: Child Development and Education
Hi, I am Xiaoqi! International students are welcome to contact me. Xiaoqi, student research master Child Development and Education Contact Xiaoqi
Copyright: Emma vermeulen
Dutch students are invited to contact Emma via Instagram. Emma Vermeulen , student research master Child Development and Education Contact Emma

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