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Research Master
Child Development and Education
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After completion of the programme you are qualified to apply for an existing PhD project or to create your own PhD project by submitting a PhD project proposal and applying for a research grant. You can also apply for a position in applied research, work as a data scientist or as policy adviser in the field of child development and education.

Where do our graduates work?

  • As PhD candidates at the University of Amsterdam, other Dutch universities, or abroad
  • As researchers in organisations for applied research, such as the Kohnstamm Institute
  • As clinical researchers, for example at UvAminds or Levvel 
  • As data scientists in the public sector or companies
  • As policy advisers in the public sector and educational organisations
  • And in many other work places.


Graduates of the Research Master Child Development and Education have profound understanding of the major topics and problems in child development and education. They have substantive and methodological skills to autonomously design, carry out and report high quality research in this field

Career coaching during the Research Master’s

You can make use of a wide variety of career tools and support from the UvA Student Careers Centre (SCC) during your studies. The SCC organises career events, workshops, training courses, as well as CV checks, interview practice sessions and much more.

Career events

The UvA Student Careers Centre organises several events for Bachelor's and Master's students from all disciplines. They include workshops, labour market trends, inspiring speakers, CV check, contact with employers, having a professional LinkedIn photo taken and best practices for applying to jobs.

How did the Research Master's Child Development and Education prepare you for your current job?
How did the Research Master's Child Development and Education prepare you for your current job?

Student Lucija answers the question in the video on the right.

Your diploma is not a farewell

After graduating, you don't have to say goodbye to the University of Amsterdam! We are happy to help you develop your career. You can join the young alumni programme, which will assist you in mapping out your career. And as an alumnus, you can also still use the Student Careers Centre.  

Frequently asked question
  • Are there other career options than a PhD after the research master?

    After finishing the research master, you are qualitied to apply for a PhD position and to conduct PhD research. In fact, many of our alumni indeed become PhD researchers either at the University of Amsterdam, another university in the Netherlands, or abroad, but it is also possible to work in a research position outside the university. However, you are also in a good position to apply for other vacancies, such as for policy adviser, data scientist or any other positions related to the field of child development and education.

    For students who have followed the clinical track, many alumni choose for positions in clinical practice, often in combination with doing research, and work as a science practitioner.