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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 quantitative and qualitative 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 2022-2023 and for the Rules and Regulations 2022-2023

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