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Child Development and Education (Research MSc)

Course Description

The two-year Research Master in Child Development and Education trains students for research into the nature, development and explanation of children's attributes. While research topics vary, they share the bioecological model as a common theoretical framework. In this model, child attributes (biology, cognition, emotions, behaviour) are interrelated as well as affected by proximal and distal processes (such as in family, daycare, school, culture, society). Students conduct two research projects in order to learn to apply the knowledge and technical skills that they will acquire through the programme's disciplinary courses and courses in methods and statistics. After completion of the programme, students are qualified to apply for research positions in fundamental or applied research.

Studying Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam has a strong tradition in empirical research and in connecting the teaching with the practice of research. In learning to develop their research skills at the Department of Child Development and Education, students will benefit from the department's extensive experimental research facilities, among which video-monitored observation rooms, a baby lab and an ERP research lab equipped with facilities for taking electro-physiological measurements.

Students may also participate in observational and interventional research in families or classrooms, in large-scale skills-testing research on children and adults, or in conducting educational surveys using questionnaires for different target groups.

The Research Master is a full-time, two-year programme. It cannot be completed part-time. Students from other programmes may submit requests to be admitted to individual courses, but are only admitted if they meet the entry requirements set by the lecturers of the courses concerned.
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 Educational Sciences.

Entry Requirements

* a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in Pedagogical Sciences, Educational Sciences, Developmental Psychology or a related field * basic knowledge of research methods and applied statistics in social and behavioural science research; * an excellent academic record, with marks in the top of the class at graduation; * good writing skills, as reflected in written academic work; * sufficient active and passive proficiency in English, as reflected in a letter of motivation and the application interview; * an active interest in research; * the ambition to become a researcher, as reflected in a letter of motivation and the application interview.

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