M.Sc. On Campus

Child Development and Education

24 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Child Development and Education programme of the University of Amsterdam trains students to conceive, design, conduct and report high-quality research in the field of child development and education.


The Child Development and Education programme of the University of Amsterdam has been developed for excellent students who are motivated to conduct research. Students acquire in-depth disciplinary knowledge, familiarity with relevant research methodology and practical experience in carrying out research.

Study programme

  • You will follow courses in the field of child development and/or education, while at the same time improving your statistical skills and acquiring research practice.
  • You will study in a highly interactive setting, with lots of personal attention and feedback.
  • You can design your own personal programme, following your research interests.
  • In learning to develop your research, you may benefit from the department's extensive experimental research facilities.


After completion of the programme, you can apply for a PhD position or create your own PhD project by submitting a PhD project grant proposal. You can also apply for a position in applied research, work as a data scientist or as policy adviser in the field of child development and education.

Where do our graduates work?

  • As PhD candidates at the University of Amsterdam, other Dutch universities, or abroad
  • As researchers in organisations for applied research, such as the Kohnstamm Institute
  • As clinical researchers, for example at UvAminds or De Bascule 
  • As data scientists
  • As policy advisers in the public sector and educational organisations
  • And in many other work places.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Intervention Research
  • Criminal behaviour of juveniles
  • Critical debates on children and education in a comparative perspective
  • Developmental and parenting problems
  • Educational innovation: improving the quality of teaching and learning
  • Family systems

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 bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in pedagogical sciences, educational sciences,
  • developmental psychology, or a related field (e.g., psychology, sociology)
  • Basic knowledge of research methods and applied statistics in social and behavioural science research
  • Excellent study results, with marks in the top segment of graduation. Special importance is attached to the study results for research methods and statistics, research practicals and theses
  • Good writing skills, as indicated by written academic work (e.g., a paper or thesis).
  • Sufficient active and passive proficiency in English, as indicated by a letter of motivation and the application interview. Non-native English speakers are required to take a test
  • An active interest in research, as indicated by earlier study results, a letter of motivation and the application interview
  • The ambition to become a researcher, as indicated by a letter of motivation and the application interview

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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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