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Research Master
Child Development and Education
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Online open day

Want to know whether this really is the right programme for you? The information and activities on this page can help you find out.

What is this programme about?

Find out what the Research master's Child development and education is about in this video with student Sara Iyi and programme manager Annette van Maanen.

PhD defense research master alumna Hend Eltanamly

Former research master’s student Hend Eltanamly has just finished her PhD research entitled “When the Village Gets Bombed: Parenting in the Aftermath of War and Refuge”, and will defend her dissertation on the 15th of October.

Meet & Ask

During the UvA's Master's Week from 6 to 13 November you had the opportunity to meet a student and a lecturer during a live online session. Did you miss both sessions for the research masters'Child Development and Education or would you like to review the PowerPoint presentation?

Consultation study advisers

Do you have questions about admission with regards to your prior education or do you wish advice about your options or personal circumstances? Please, feel free to contact the study advisers via email:

Statistics in the Research Master's programme

Dr. Terrence Jorgensen PhD gives an overview of the Methods and Statistics education in the Research Master Child Development and Education programme.

Mini lecture Iatrogenic intervention effects

In this mini lecture Prof. Dr. Geertjan Overbeek tells us more about iatrogenic intervention effects in research.

Online Campus tour

The Roeterseiland Campus (REC) is one of the four open city campuses of the University of Amsterdam an d is located in the centre of  the city. Most lectures of the research master's programme Child Development and Education are scheduled at REC. have a look at the virtual map and videos the rest of the campus.

Visit the campus

Do you want to see where you will be studying? Come to the UvA and experience our campuses with the interactive UvA Campus Tour app. Soak up the atmosphere, solve riddles and bring the campus to life through augmented and virtual reality.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why would I follow a research master’s programme, rather than a regular master’s programme?

    If you have an active interest in research, are looking for a challenge, value an international and highly interactive programme, are motivated to learn more about how to conduct research in the field of child development and education and have the ambition to become a researcher, possibly combining it with other (clinical) tasks, the research master is the right programme for you

  • Is the clinical route in the research master also accessible for international students?

    The clinical route is only open to Dutch-speaking students with a bachelor that includes sufficient clinical elements, as this route qualifies for the continuation courses for clinical professions in the Netherlands and prepares you to work in the Dutch clinical practice. The clinical route therefore also consists of some courses in Dutch (the diagnostics and treatment practicals). Also, the clinical route is not very relevant to international students, as in other countries other requirements apply for working in clinical Practice. However, international students can still follow the clinical research master courses ‘Developmental and parenting problems’, ‘Learning and social-emotional disorders in educational contexts’, and ‘Criminal behaviour of juveniles’, and can choose clinical subjects for their thesis work.

  • What research topics are covered in the research master programme?

    In the research master, topics in the broad field of child development and education are addressed. Some examples of research lines with regard to child development are: child development and parenting in traditional and non-traditional families, the role of the father, the relation between temperament and parenting, the quality of professional child care, aetiology of abnormal child development (including anxiety, deficits in moral development, and juvenile delinquency), preventive and curative interventions targeting child-rearing problems and psychopathology.

    Examples of research lines related to education are: social outcomes of education, instruction, learning processes and learning disorders, domain-specific learning (e.g. literacy, history, arts, mathematics, science), innovation in education, motivation and learning, philosophy of education, school segregation, student-teacher relationships, vocational education, educational policy.

    Dependent on the courses you choose, these are topics you may encounter in the research master and you can choose these (or related) topics for your research internship and thesis.

  • How do I choose a topic for my research internship and thesis?

    In the introductory meeting of the Research Internship that will take place in September, researchers from the department will present their research lines and possible topics you can choose for your research internship or thesis. In addition, it is also possible to come up with your own topic if you already have a specific idea about what you would like to research. In that case, the thesis coordinator will help you to find a supervisor who has expertise on this topic.

  • Do I necessarily have to apply for a PhD position after finishing the research master, or are there also other job opportunities?

    After finishing the research master, you are indeed 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.

Student Tasos Psychogyiopoulos
Copyright: Tasos Psychogyiopoulos
'My decision to choose this research master’s programme was based on two desirable characteristics: international environment and research orientation. From the first days of the programme, even during the COVID-19 crisis, I received a feeling of professional intimacy and trust. That was the time I realised that I had made the best choice! Building on that warm environment and taking into account the plethora of research areas, every student is able to focus on a project of their interest. I am following the regular route and currently working on a fascinating project about intelligence in the Methods and Statistics department. The opportunity to work closely with a supervisor is unique, and I am looking forward to communicate our research findings to the scientific community!' Student Tasos Psychogyiopoulos
A day in the life of CDE student Isabelle

In this vlog Isabelle Krüter takes you along on her day and tells you how she experiences the Research Master's Child Development and Education (CDE), studying and student life.

Questions? Ask one of our students

If you would like to learn more the research master's programme Child Development and Education and studying at the University of Amsterdam, feel free to contact one of our current students to hear about her experiences. 

first year student research master Child Development and Education
Hi, I am Aditi!
International students with questions are welcome to contact me.
Contact Aditi
Sanne Peet
second year research master Child Development and Education
Dutch students are invited to contact Sanne via Instagram.
Contact Sanne

Keep me informed

In autumn and in spring you can attend live Meet & Ask sessions.  Do you want us to keep you informed on news and upcoming events?