M.Sc. On Campus

Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies (research)

24 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The aim of the Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies (research) MSc programme from Leiden University is to promote the scientific development of young academics on the path to becoming independent researchers within education and child studies and related disciplines.


Graduates are able to design, conduct and evaluate applied scientific research, and in doing this can make the link between (clinical) practice and science.

The Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies (research) MSc programme from Leiden University is designed in such a way that it can explicitly serve as preparatory training for a PhD position. The programme also offers the opportunity to specialise in the field of social work and youth care, which meets society’s need for academics who are trained in evidence based clinical assessment and treatment for children and families with psychological problems

The research master is a small scale programme, with an average of fifteen students each year. This guarantees intensive interaction between students and staff.

Career prospects

  • Where do our master’s graduates continue their careers? More than a third of them obtain a PhD position, while a quarter of them work as lecturers and/or researchers in higher education. About 30% are appointed as educationalists or remedial educationalists in positions where they apply their acquired scientific knowledge and analytical skills in (clinical) practice, in the area of either prevention or intervention.
  • As researcher in the field of Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies , you can contribute to the scientific knowledge of the neurocognitive and biological correlates of emotions, learning and behaviour, both in non clinical parents and children and in case of problematic development.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Learning, Cognition and the Brain
  • Attachment and Developmental Psychopathology: theory, research, and clinical applications
  • Developmental Clinical Neuroscience
  • Recent Advances in Developmental Psychopathology
  • Conducting and Evaluating Empirical Research
  • Methods and Instruments in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a research (i.e. not a professional) Bachelor’s degree programme in the field of Education and Child Studies or a relevant degree, provided (1) this programme contains at least 20 ec in research methods and statistics of social and behavioral sciences and the use of data analysis software and in addition at least 60 ec in Education and Child subjects or Education and Child Studies relevant subjects; (2) the candidate has demonstrable affinity with an area of research in the Research Master’s programme, as evidenced by a BA-thesis relating to that area (please, send a copy together with your application); (3) a high grade for the BA-thesis (7,5 or higher). Also required are a motivation letter, a CV and two letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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