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Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies (Research)

Research Master Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies

Welcome to the Master’s Degree Programme (Research) in Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies. 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

The following achievement levels apply with regard to the programme:
1. A profound awareness of the role of education and learning for children’s and adolescents’ development and social participation;
2. A thorough understanding of the various theories and methodological approaches (data analysis techniques included) which are commonly used in the research programmes that are central to this research master;
3. The capacity to identify a theoretical framework suitable for addressing relevant problems and issues related to education and learning;
4. The capacity to apply various theoretical frameworks in conducting independently basic research in education and learning;
5. The ability of critically selecting, studying and analyzing literature relevant to the issues and problems presented by the curriculum and the connected research programmes;
6. The capacity to report independently about relevant research which is carried out according to current academic standards;
7. The ability to independently formulate, perform and assess scientific research at a level suitable to preparing scientific publications;
8. The ability to write scientific reports in English;
9. Advanced, up to date knowledge of quantitative en qualitative research methodology;
10. Profound knowledge of philosophy and ethics of social research;
11. The ability to engage in the international academic debate;
12. The fundamentals of research project management.

Graduates will also have given proof of professional conduct.

  1. In the context of diagnosis and treatment and in academic research situations, professional conduct will be assessed in the obligatory components of all Master’s degree specialisations in which relevant aspects of professional conduct can be observed, discussed and assessed.Professional conduct will be assessed on the basis of the student’s observable behaviour and reflection on this behaviour, with regard to the student’s future professional practice as an educationalist and to the NVO (Association of Educationalists in the Netherlands) professional code. This involves the following aspects: handling tasks/work, relating to others, relating to oneself, and the student’s reflection on these aspects. The assessment method is regulated by the Board of Examiners of the Institute of Education and Child Studies, and laid down in the Rules and Regulations.

Please refer to our website for the complete Course and Examination Regulations and for the Rules and Regulations 2013-2014.

Timetable

You will find the complete timetable of the Master’s programme on our website. For the timetable per course please refer to the individual course descriptions.

Eerste Jaar

In the first year of the Research Master the student must choose Electives (20.0 ECTS).
In the second year of the Research Master the student must also choose Electives (10.0 ECTS).

Courses totalling a study load of 20.0 ECTS must be chosen from the Master’s courses on offer in the Master’s programme in Education and Child Studies (Leiden University). Free choice (to a maximum of 10.0 ECTS) from Mastercourses (level 500 or 600) on offer in Leiden University or in other universities (to be decided after consultation with the supervisor and upon approval of the curriculum director and the board of examiners.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Conducting and evaluating empirical research 5
Elective Research Master 20

Research Master's electives offered by the Institute for Education and Child Studies

Clinical assessment and treatment: general introduction 5
Clinical skills (Clinical assessment and treatment) 5
Learning problems and impairments: State of the Art 5
Child Abuse and Neglect: Neurobiological Aspects and Intervention 5
Learning and Instruction 5
Family functioning and developmental psychopathology across childhood and adolescence 5
Learning, cognition and the brain 5
Methods and instruments in cognitive and affective neuroscience 5
Attachment and developmental psychopathology: theory, research, and clinical applications 5
Recent advances in developmental psychopathology 5
Test theory and scale development 5
Applied Multivariate Data Analysis (Spring) 5
Neurodevelopmental assessment and treatment 5

Tweede Jaar

In the first year of the Research Master the student must choose Electives (20.0 ECTS).
In the second year of the Research Master the student must also choose Electives (10.0 ECTS).

Courses totalling a study load of 20.0 ECTS must be chosen from the Master’s courses on offer in the Master’s programme in Education and Child Studies (Leiden University). Free choice (to a maximum of 10.0 ECTS) from Mastercourses (level 500 or 600) on offer in Leiden University or in other universities (to be decided after consultation with the supervisor and upon approval of the curriculum director and the board of examiners.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Applied Multivariate Data Analysis (Fall) 5
Research internship and tutorials on writing a master thesis 45
Elective Research Master 20

Research Master's electives offered by the Institute for Education and Child Studies

Clinical assessment and treatment: general introduction 5
Clinical skills (Clinical assessment and treatment) 5
Learning problems and impairments: State of the Art 5
Learning and Instruction 5
Child Abuse and Neglect: Neurobiological Aspects and Intervention 5
Family functioning and developmental psychopathology across childhood and adolescence 5