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Study programme

Master's Pedagogical Sciences, track Youth at Risk

Study programme

The one-year programme (60 ECT) has two semesters. The first semester consists of four specialized courses (24 ECT in total) on the main topics of the master. In addition, there is one course on Method and Statistics (3 EC) and one on professional skills (3 EC). In the second semester students write a thesis (18 EC), and do an internship (12 EC). Both for Dutch and English speaking students Internships are possible in the Netherlands as well as abroad.

Semester 1

  • Resilience and Risk Processes in Children and Adolescents [6 EC]
  • Youths' School Adjustment [6 EC]
  • Intervention Essentials: Effects, Implementation and Diversity [6 EC]
  • Parent and Peer Influences in Youth Development [6 EC]
  • Master class Methods and Statistics [3 EC]
  • Master class Professional Skills [3EC]

Semester 2

  • Internship* [12 EC]
  • Thesis [18 EC]

* In some cases, there is a possibility to substitute the internship with elective courses in consultation with the program coordinator.

UvA Course catalogue

You can find a description of each course in the UvA course catalogue.

Teaching model

The teaching model in this master track has three key features. First, it is inherently multidisciplinary in nature, with staff coming from the disciplines of Parenting and Family Science, Educational Science, Developmental Psychology, Sociology, and Public Health. Second, it has a highly activating didactic approach. Third, the master track takes an international perspective. It does so by examining and comparing youth care and prevention policies and programs across countries. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and working groups. 

Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including examinations, papers, course assignments and a thesis.


The staff is interdisciplinary and consists of leading scholars in the fields of family science, educational science, child and adolescent development, prevention science, developmental psychopathology, and sociology.