Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies (research) (MSc)
The research master’s programme Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies consists of the following components:
The compulsory part of the programme consists of courses with a clear research focus. These courses cover all aspects of scientific research, from designing a project through doing analyses, to writing reports and presenting your research to others. In total, the compulsory programme contains nine courses:
- Conducting and evaluating empirical research
- Presenting research and academic writing
- Methods and instruments in cognitive and affective neuroscience
- Designing research for science and society
- Applied multivariate data analysis
- Recent advances in education and child studies
- Small sample size approaches in relational and intervention designs
- Test theory and scale development
- Research colloquia
These courses are all unique to the research master, so you follow them with a relatively small group of students.
Besides the research-focused courses, you will get to choose one out of six substantive profiles. These profiles provide a strong connection to the practice of education and child studies. Each profile consists of five courses (of 5 EC each) that allow you to obtain theoretical knowledge of, and practical experience with a particular part of that field.
Three of the profiles are clinically orientated. If you would like to obtain a Dutch professional registration as Basis Orthopedagoog (NVO) you need to choose one of these profiles. Note that proficiency in Dutch is required to follow these profiles. You can choose from:
A. Forensische Gezinspedagogiek
The other three profiles are not connected to a Dutch professional registration and do not require proficiency in Dutch. You can choose from:
D. Educational Science
E. Parenting and Child Development
F. Applied Neuroscience in Human Development
Within each profile, three courses are mandatory; these courses are substantively connected, so that you will get a more in-depth view of a specific part of the field. In addition, you can choose two courses from a list. Your study advisor and mentor can help you choose a profile that fits your personal goals.
During the second year of the programme, you will do an internship at an organisation outside of university, where you will perform tasks fitting the daily practice of a scientifically educated pedagoog. The internship is in an area that fits your substantive profile. For instance, if you have chosen a non-clinical profile, your internship may be at a school, an organisation for school or family research, or a (non-clinical) organisation for family support or foster care.
If you have chosen a clinical profile, your internship will be at a clinical facility. In any case, the organisation where you do your internship will have connections to or experience with scientific research. A suitable internship position is found in consultation with your mentor and the Internship Bureau.
The main goal of the Research Master’s project is that you will be able to practice working as a researcher within the context of an extensive scientific research project. The project starts halfway through the first year and runs through the entire second year of the programme. In this project, you will collaborate with more experienced researchers within the Institute of Education and Child Studies, in accordance with the master-apprentice model. You will experience what it is like to be part of a research team and explore your own role in such a team.
Your master’s project will result in a research thesis. This thesis is written as an article which, in terms of its level, would be ready for submission to a refereed international scientific journal.