24 months
17078 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Master’s programme in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence from 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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How do socialisation contexts influence the development of children and adolescents?

From the day a child is born, his family and the culture in which he’s raised have a huge impact on his socio-emotional development and psychological adjustment. As he grows up, his school and networks of friends and peers become more and more influential in his development. The Master’s programme in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence from Utrecht University  gives you the theoretical and methodological background to analyse this development. 

High Quality

The programme is recognised as a high quality programme and has been awarded high ratings in the past years by established rankings in the Netherlands. 

International Focus

All courses and communications are in English. The programme is designed to allow you to practice advanced English communication skills while gaining an international perspective on topics related to development and socialisation. Some of the lecturers are from abroad (US, Belgium and Croatia) or hold positions abroad (UK), and the programme attracts a number of international students. You will also have the opportunity to visit English-speaking conferences held in the Netherlands that are organised by the participating research groups.

Normal and Abnormal Socio-Emotional Development

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 programme 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 included:

  • 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
  • Introduction in Multilevel and Structural Equation Modelling for Dasca

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

* If you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for scholarships, you should submit your application before February 1.




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

The Admissions Committee strives to admit around 20 suitable applicants per year. This Master’s programme has the following entry requirements:

  • An academic Bachelor's degree in Social or Behavioural Sciences (for instance Psychology, Pedagogical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Social Science, Sociology, or Cultural Anthropology).
  • A minimum average grade of 7.5 in the Dutch system or an international equivalent (please consult this document for more information per country).
  • 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

  • International

    17078 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17078 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Bright Minds Fellowships
  • Holland Scholarship
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship - for Chinese students only
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships - for outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Student grant and loan system
  • Tuition fee loan
  • Erasmus+ Master loans
  • Canadian student loans
  • US Federal Loans

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence
Utrecht University