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MSc Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies (research)

Leiden University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program description

developmental psychology MSc

Earn an MSc in Developmental Psychopathology at Leiden University

The aim of the research master’s program in developmental psychopathology in education and child studies is to promote the scientific development of young academics on the path to becoming independent researchers within education and child studies and related disciplines.

Graduates are able to design, conduct and evaluate applied scientific research, and in doing this can make the link between (clinical) practice and science. The program in developmental psychopathology in education and child studies is designed in such a way that it can explicitly serve as preparatory training for a PhD position.

The MSc program also offers the opportunity to specialize in the field of social work and youth care, which meets society’s need for academics who are trained in evidence based clinical assessment and treatment for children and families with psychological problems.

The research master is a small scale program, with an average of fifteen students each year. This guarantees intensive interaction between students and staff. At the beginning of the program, you are assigned a supervisor – one of the professors – and a day-to-day mentor.

During your thesis, you make a contribution to one of our research programs, working closely with your supervisor and mentor within that research. This gives you the opportunity to both observe how the work is done and to ‘learn by doing’. You also receive immediate and intensive feedback on your research performance and academic progress.

Rommert Casimir Studio

The research master’s students have a room of their own: the Rommert Casimir Studio, equipped with PC workstations. This room is used intensively, not only for working individually on assignments, but also for working together with other students and engaging in discussions.

Ambulatorium for family assistance

The Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences is the location of the Ambulatorium, which offers families assistance with all kinds of problems relating to parenting and child development. Research master’s students who do their research internship in the Ambulatorium can, if they wish, obtain the NVO Registratie Basis-Orthopedagoog and the NVO Registratie Basisaantekening Diagnostiek and also conduct research in clinical practice.

Admission requirements

  • Those applicants are eligible who have earned a national degree in one of the academic bachelor’s degree programs in one of the behavioral sciences or a degree in an equivalent program, e.g. as conferred by international research-partner institutes. In addition, students holding a master’s degree in another scientific field may also be accepted to the program.
  • Earlier academic performance at BA level will be taken into consideration, as an indicator for successfully completing this research master’s program.
  • In particular, applicants must demonstrable affinity with knowledge of an area of research in the program, as evidenced by a BA thesis relating to that area or by a comparable paper in which relevant literature and research are discussed.
  • Training in methods and techniques in educational research and statistics at BA level should minimally account for 16 ects credits.
  • Research skills, having completed the research cycle independently or in a small group.
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English: IELTS test level of at least 7.5 or TOEFL score of at least 625/263/113, evidenced by an appropriate test
  • Writing proficiency in English at pre-university education level. This requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an (English-taught) International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch bachelor’s diploma. An HBO diploma does not give admission to this master’s program.


Master of Science in Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies

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Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
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