Applied Neuroscience in Human Development (MSc)
The master’s degree programme Education and Child Studies is an academic, not a vocational programme. It offers research-based knowledge about education and child development.
General diploma requirements
Holders of one of the following degrees may be admitted to one of the specialisations of the programme:
- a Bachelor’s degree Pedagogische Wetenschappen from Leiden University;
- a research (i.e. not a professional) Bachelor’s degree programme in the field of Education and Child Studies, provided this programme contains (1) at least 20 ec in research methods and statistics of social and behavioral sciences and the use of data analyse software, and (2) at least 60 ec in Education and Child or Education and Child Studies relevant subjects.
- Also admitted may be those who have successfully completed the Pre-master’s programme Pedagogische Wetenschappen (taught in Dutch) from Leiden University.
- the Board of Admissions of the Institute of Education and Child Studies may, on request, admit persons to the Master’s programme who do not meet the requirements specified above, but who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board of Admissions that they possess the same level of knowledge, understanding and skills as holders of a degree specified above, and possibly under further conditions.
In accordance with the Code of Conduct on the Language of Instruction and Examination the languages of instruction and examination in the Master’s degree programme are:
- English (for the specialisations Applied Neuroscience in Human Development; Parenting and Child Development; Educational Science; Digital Media in Human Development and Learning Problems and Impairments-international track);
- Dutch (for the specialisations Orthopedagogiek; Forensische Gezinspedagogiek; Leerproblemen en Kinderen met Leer- en Gedragsproblemen in het Onderwijs).
Master specialisations in English
An applicant who wishes to be admitted to the English-taught specialisations of the Master’s programme Education and Child Studies (i.e. Applied Neuroscience in Human Development, Parenting and Child Development, Digital Media in Human Development, Educational Science and Learning Problems and Impairments: international track) must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply*:
- IELTS 7.0;
- TOEFL (Internet-based) 100/CPE or CAE 185.
Detailed information about English language proficiency
For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.
*Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an English-taught International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or a English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.
Master specialisations in Dutch
An applicant who is not a native Dutch speaker and who wishes to be admitted to the Dutch-taught specialisations of the Master’s programme Education and Child Studies (i.e. Forensische Gezinspedagogiek, Kinderen met Leer- en Gedragsproblemen in het Onderwijs, Leerproblemen en Orthopedagogiek) must have passed TUL-halfgevorderd (equivalent to state examination NT2-II) or TUL-gevorderd.
Admission requirements Pre-master
Students in possession of a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a Dutch institute of higher professional education must pass an entrance examination to be admitted to the Pre-master’s programme in Education and Child Studies. After passing the entrance examination they can follow the Pre-master’s programme and subsequently the Master’s programme.
All courses in the Pre-master’s and Master’s programme take place during the day and require a full-time study commitment.
The Pre-master’s is taught in Dutch only.
Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstances
For admission to the Master’s programme Education and Child Studies, you need a Bachelor’s diploma. This is necessary, because a Bachelor’s programme provides a solid base to be able to follow all our Master’s courses, so you will not have to experience study delay.
In the exceptional situation that on 31 August 2020, your exam results for the Bachelor’s programme are still incomplete, you will get extra time to deliver the missing results, until 1 October 2020. Awaiting these final results, you will be allowed to follow Master’s courses between 1 September and 1 October. If you do not succeed at delivering your final results by 1 October, you will not be able to proceed with the Master’s programme. In that case, you can take a few extra months to get your Bachelor’s degree, and we will gladly welcome you to start the Master’s programme on February 1, 2021.
What do you need to do?
If you would like to make use of the opportunity to deliver missing Bachelor’s exam results before 1 October 2020, take the following steps:
Enrol and request admission:
Fill in this form before 1 September 2020.
Register for the Master’s programme in Studielink.
Request admission in uSis before 15 June 2020
Note that students following the Bachelor’s programme Pedagogische Wetenschappen at Leiden University do not need to request admission.
Re-enrol for your Bachelor’s programme before September 1 2020, for a maximum of one month.
Your Master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2020 (with retroactive effect), provided you complete your Bachelor’s programme before 1 October 2020; otherwise the master’s enrolment will be cancelled.
You pay only one tuition fee. If you complete your Bachelor’s programme before 1 October 2020, you pay the tuition fee for the Master’s programme. If your Master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the Bachelor’s programme.