Master’s WeekDiscover which programme suits you best (and whether the UvA is right for you). Find out in our online information sessions, during which there will be a short presentation and you will be able to ask lecturers and students all your questions live. The next UvA Master’s Week will take place from 18-25 November 2023.
Find out what the Master's track Youth at Risk is about in this video with student Izumi Kershaw and programme coordinator Alithe van den Akker.
In this vlog Vongai Bonangi Batidzirai takes you along on her day and tells you how she experiences the master Youth at risk (YAR), studying and student life.
Want to see where you will be studying? Explore the campus in our virtual map, or plan a visit and experience it yourself using the interactive app.
Frequently asked questions
I have a broad interest in the field of preventive youth care, is this programme right for me?
Yes, the Youth at Risk programme is multidisciplinary in nature, covering topics like risk and resilience factors in the development of children and adolescents, roles of parents and peers in development, adjustment in school settings, and effectiveness of preventive interventions for at-risk populations.
What is the teaching environment like in the Youth at Risk programme’?
We teach in small groups using an approach that actively engages students. Professors are accessible and approachable, and students and professors get to know each other. The international environment results in a diverse classroom, allowing for multiple different viewpoints to meet and learn from each other.
Can I go abroad during the master’s programme?
Yes, students who wish to gain international experience can go abroad for an internship in the second semester. In previous years students have for instance been matched to internship organizations in Nepal, New York and Sweden.
Do you provide internships or do I need to find an internship organisation?
Students in The Youth at Risk programme choose from our offer of high-quality internships with organisations in the field of preventive youth care and do not need to search for an internship themselves. If you would like to do an internship with an organisation that is not provided by us, that is also possible. Our internship coordinator will help in assessing whether the internship activities and context meet the standards of the master’s programme.
I do not want to do an internship, are there other options?
Yes, we offer courses to substitute the internship in the second semester; for instance a hands-on course aimed at learning how to design a preventive intervention.
How do I choose a topic for my thesis?
Professors who supervise the theses provide thesis topics. Students are matched to the topics. Within the topics, students find a specific research question that they would like to answer. This process ensures supervision by leading experts in the topic.
Will I be able to do clinical work after I finish the Youth at Risk program?
No, the Youth at Risk programme trains professionals for the field of preventive care rather than clinical work.
My previous study was not in the field of child development. Can I still apply for the Youth at Risk master’s programme?
Students with a university level Bachelor’s degree in a related field can also apply. Whether you are eligible for the programme depends on to what extent your previous education contained courses in the field of child development, abnormal/clinical psychology, and methods and statistics of social science research. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact us before submitting a full application file.
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