In the master programme in Education and Child Studies students can choose a specialisation in one of the sub-disciplines of Education and Child Studies. All specialisations prioritize the students’ academic education.

The master programme in Education and Child Studies is an academic programme that focuses on the link between theory, research and practice. Students are taught to seek evidence-based solutions to problems occurring in child rearing and education. Students choose a specialisation from the start. All specialisations have one course in common, a course on the practice of empirical research. The rest of the year you will spend deepening your scientific knowledge in the field of your choice. You will fulfil an internship and complete your master's project in which you will undertake your own research and prepare a written report of this research project.

You can choose from the following specialisations:

  1. Applied Neuroscience in Human Development
    For those interested in the relation between neuro-cognitive and biological factors, and learning, behaviour and emotions.
  2. Child and Family Science
    For those wishing to specialise in the development of children within their family and day-care facilities.
  3. Clinical Child and Adolescents Studies / Orthopedagogiek
    This master’s specialisation focuses on severe developmental and behavioural problems in children and adolescents.
  4. Digital Media in Human Development
    This new master’s specialisation is devoted to the opportunities and challenges of digital media in child rearing and education.
  5. Educational Science
    This specialisation is dedicated to the factors that influence the process of learning, reading, and arithmetic in school pupils.
  6. Forensic Family Science / Forensische Gezinspedagogiek
    With this master’s at Leiden University, you’ll be an expert in child care, (criminal)law, prevention and treatment
  7. Learning Problems and Impairments
    In this specialisation, you will learn to recognise and treat many common learning problems.
  8. Special Needs Children in Education / Kinderen met leer- en gedragsproblemen in het Onderwijs
    In this master’s you learn how to use research to identify and diagnose children with behavioural, developmental and learning problems.

Admission and Application

Do you want to apply for this master’s programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step-by-step guide below:

Program taught in:
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Last updated November 2, 2018
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