Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence, M.Sc. | Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
24 months
18332 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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The Master’s programme in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence at Utrecht University focuses on both normal and abnormal development processes. Explicit attention is given to the study of interventions and risk factors in children’s and adolescent’s cognitive and social-emotional development and adjustment. 

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Working through the course topics, you’ll address questions such as:

  • What are the early markers of development that has gone awry?
  • How can we improve the way negative outcomes in children and adolescents' are prevented or treated?

This Master’s programme combines advanced coursework with the development of hands-on skills.

Career Prospects

The Master’s programme in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence at Utrecht University is designed as preparation for PhD studies. However, it also provides training for students who wish to pursue a professional career as a researcher outside of a university setting.

Of our graduates, 65% entered a PhD programme. They are working in PhD positions in universities such as:

Utrecht University; Radboud University; University of Amsterdam; VU University Amsterdam; University of Groningen; Leiden University; University of Nottingham (UK), Colombia University (US), Leuven University (Belgium), University of Reading (UK), University of Roehampton (UK).

Other alumni (35%) pursued careers outside of academia. They are working in positions such as:

  • Researcher (Office for National Statistics, UK; Department of Methods and Statistics, Utrecht University; TNO; Zorgverzekeraars Nederland)
  • Clinician (Opdidakt, Altrecht, Trajectum)
  • Software developer
  • Teacher
  • Senior policymaker (Dutch Knowledge Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Development and Developmental Psychopathology
  • Context of Psychosocial Development: Family Processes, Peer Relationships and Culture
  • Multivariate Statistics in Practice for Dasca
  • Research Practicum
  • Relationships, Personality and Adjustment in Adolescence
  • Social and Cultural Dynamics of Development and Socialization

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An academic Bachelor's degree in Social or Behavioural Sciences (for instance Psychology, Pedagogical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Social Science or Sociology)
  • A minimum average grade of 7.5 in the Dutch system or an international equivalent
  • Sufficient academic knowledge and skills in methods and statistics
  • Sufficient command of the English Language
  • Motivation that fits the aim of this programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18332 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18332 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 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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