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Master Pedagogical Sciences: Youth at Risk (track)

Study programme

Pedagogical Sciences: Youth at Risk

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 choose for either a professional internship (12 EC) or two additional specialized courses of 6 ECTS.

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 or two elective courses* [12 EC]
  • Thesis [18 EC]

*two electives can be chosen out of four courses: 1. Family Systems, 2. Learning and Social Emotional Disorders in Educational Contexts, 3. Criminal Behaviour of Juveniles, 4. Psychopathology and Parenting.

UvA Course catalogue

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

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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 are offered case-studies based on actual problems and questions from relevant (inter)national youth care institutes, that require an immediate solution. Thus, students work in a “pressure cooker” on actual solutions in real-time for relevant societal agents.

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.

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