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Education and Child Studies (Research)

Education and Child Studies (Research)

Welcome to the Master’s Degree Programme Education and Child Studies (Research). The programme takes two years. Upon completion graduates will possess the knowledge, skills and attitude listed below under Achievement levels. In each course description you will find which achievement levels are trained.

Achievement levels

Graduates of the programme have attained the following learning outcomes, listed according to the Dublin descriptors:

1. Knowledge and understanding

A graduate of the Research Master’s programme has profound, state of the art knowledge and understanding of:

1.1 the fundamentals of designing research;

1.2 research methodology;

1.3 the fundamentals of project management;

1.4 ethics of social and behavioural research;

1.5 the various theories, concepts, and methods which are commonly used in one or more of the research programmes that are central to this research master;

1.6 the practice of prevention, intervention, diagnostics, and/or treatment in the field of Education and Child Studies, based on practical experience;

1.7 the role and social relevance of parenting, education and learning for children’s and adolescents' development and social participation;

1.8 the relation between the academic and professional field.

2. Applying knowledge and understanding

A graduate of the Research Master’s programme has:

2.1 the ability to, with minimal guidance, formulate, perform and assess scientific research at a level suitable for scientific publication;

2.2 the ability to describe ethical considerations when designing research;

2.3 the capacity to translate scientific knowledge and insights into evidence-based interventions in clinical and non-clinical contexts;

2.4 the capacity to apply various theoretical frameworks in conducting research in the field of Education and Child Studies;

2.5 the ability to critically select, study and analyse literature relevant to issues and problems presented in the curriculum and the connected research programmes.

3. Judgement

A graduate of the Research Master’s programme

3.1 has the capacity to identify a theoretical framework suitable for addressing relevant problems and issues related to Education and Child Studies;

3.2 is trained in professional conduct according to the NVO- (Association of Educationalists in the Netherlands) professional code;

3.3 has the capacity to discuss ethical implications of social research;

3.4 has the capacity to distinguish between fundamental and applied scientific research.

4. Communication

A graduate of the Research Master’s programme has:

4.1 the capacity to report independently about research;

4.2 the ability to present research results in English, both in written and in oral form;

4.3 the ability to engage in the international academic debate;

4.4 the capacity to communicate about the social relevance of research;

4.5 the ability to participate in teamwork, with a constructive and responsible attitude, and reflecting on personal functioning in the team.

5. Learning Skills

A graduate of the Research Master’s programme:

5.1 has the capacity to independently acquire new knowledge and skills relevant in a professional context or PhD- programme;

5.2 has the capacity to reflect on his/her own learning process;

5.3 (if eligible for professional registration based on previous education) can opt for the NVO registration Basis Orthopedagoog or Basis Pedagoog.

Please refer to our website for the complete Course and Examination Regulations 2023-2024 and for the Rules and Regulations 2023-2024

Registration for courses and exams


Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register via My Studymap up to 5 days prior to the start of the course.


It is mandatory for all students to register for each exam and to confirm registration for each exam in My Studymap. This is possible up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the examination. You cannot take an exam without a valid pre-registration and confirmation in My Studymap.

NB If the exam concerns a paper or a practical assignment, you do not need to register in My Studymap.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.


For the timetable of all courses please refer to MyTimetable

Year 1

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Conducting and evaluating empirical research 5
Presenting research and academic writing 5
Methods and instruments in cognitive and affective neuroscience 5
Designing research for science and society 5
Profiles Master Education and Child Studies (Research) (year 1 & 2)
Recent issues and advances in Education and Child Studies 5
Small sample size approaches in relational and intervention designs 5
Applied multivariate data analysis (spring) 5
Research Master Thesis 25
Test theory and scale development 5

Year 2

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Applied multivariate data analysis (fall) 5
Research colloquia 5
Research Master Thesis 25
Research Master Internship 20
Profiles Master Education and Child Studies (Research) (year 1 & 2)

Career Perspective

In addition to offering you a solid academic education, Leiden University also aims to prepare you for the labour market, and in doing so contribute to the development of your employability. In this way, it will become easier for you to make the transition to the labour market.

'Employability' consists of the following aspects:

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and skills
Knowledge and skills specific to your study programme.

2. Transferable skills
These are skills relevant to every student and that you can use in all kinds of jobs irrespective of your study programme, for example: scientific research, analysing, project-based working, generating solutions, digital skills, collaborating, oral communication, written communication, presenting, societal awareness, independent learning, resilience.

But also think of job application skills: preparing a CV, formulating a cover letter, compiling a LinkedIn profile, networking, practising job interviews, preparing and holding a pitch.

3. Self-reflection
This involves reflecting on your own (study) career (choices), reflecting on your own profile and your personal and professional development. Gaining insight into, among other things, your competences and personality, your (work) values and motives. what can you do with your knowledge and skills on the labour market?
Who are you, what can you do well, what do you find interesting, what suits you, what do you find important, what do you want to do?

4. Practical experience
Gaining practical experience through practical and social internships and work placements, external research internships and projects, practical assignments, which are integrated into an elective, minor or graduation assignment, business challenges etc.

5. Labour market orientation
Gaining insight into the labour market, fields of work, jobs and career paths through, for example, guest speakers from the work field, alumni presentations and experiences, career events within the study programme, the use of the alumni mentor network, interviewing people from the work field, and shadowing/visiting companies in the context of a particular subject.

Employability in the Master's programme Education and Child Studies (Research)

After completing the Master's programme Education and Child Studies (Research), you will enter the labour market.

Activities to prepare for the labour market outside the curriculum of the Master's programme Education and Child Studies (Research)

Every year, various activities take place, within, alongside and outside of your study programme, which contribute to your preparation for the labour market, especially where it concerns orientation towards the work field/the labour market, (career) skills and self-reflection. These may be information meetings on choices within your programme, but also career workshops and events organised by your own programme, the Faculty Career Service or your study association.
For example:

Career Service, LU Career Zone and career workshops calendar

Faculty Career Service
The Career Service of your faculty offers information and advice on study (re)orientation and Master's choice, (study) career planning, orientation on the labour market and job applications.

Leiden University Career Zone Leiden University Career Zone is the website for students and alumni of Leiden University to support their (study) career. You can find advice, information, (career) tests and tools in the area of (study) career planning, career possibilities with your study, job market orientation, job applications, the Alumni Mentor network, job portal, workshops and events and career services.

Workshops and events
On the course calendar you will find an overview of career and application workshops, organised by the Career services.