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Pedagogical Sciences: Youth at Risk (track)

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Are you interested in how social contexts affect development from infancy, though childhood and adolescence up to early adulthood? Do you want to make a difference in the well-being of young people from the age of 0 to 21? The Master’s track Youth at Risk prepares you to become a scientist-practitioner in the field of preventive youth care, parenting and education, to enhance the development of youth at risk.

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Study programme

In this Master's track you will develop advanced insight into both typical and atypical development of children and adolescents, and into the multiple complex ways in which major social contexts - parents, peers, school, - influence this development. You will also learn about youth who are at risk for problematic development, and preventive interventions that counter developmental risks and foster resilience.

Why the Master’s track Youth at Risk?



multiple developmental stages (age 0 -21)


policy, practice, research and development

broad job opportunities

Academic staff

The staff teaching in the Youth at Risk programme is internationally renowned for its research excellence. The programme director is dr Alithe van den Akker.


After completion of the Master's track Youth At Risk you have the knowledge and skills to become professionally active in working with youth at risk in different professional areas: youth and family care policy, practice, and research and development of prevention and intervention programmes.

Why did you decide to study this Master's programme?

Jacob Zetterberg

Is the Master's track Youth at Risk YAR something for you?

Do you:

  •  have a Bachelor’s degree equivalent to a Dutch university bachelor degree in the field of pedagogical sciences, developmental psychology or a related discipline, with sufficient background in quantitative methods and statistics?
  • have sufficient English language skills?
  • want to study in an international environment?
  • have an interest in combining science and practice in the field of preventive youth care? 

then Youth at Risk is the right programme for you! 

Download a complete overview of the Master's track Youth at Risk
Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MSc Pedagogical Sciences
Regular study programme
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
Conditions for admission
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CROHO code
Roeterseiland campus