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What will I learn?

Our aim is to increase the quality of upbringing, care and education by improving policies and interventions for young people and their social and learning contexts

Do you want to

  • Explore how interventions can improve the wellbeing of young people, their families, schools, and communities?
  • Learn how to successfully implement interventions in child and youth care and education?
  • Discuss the role of scientific research in improving interventions and youth policy?
  • Then this Master's program might be just ideal for you! Completing this program equips you with
  • State-of-the-art knowledge of youth research, practices, and policy, how they are linked and how they can improve each other
  • The skills to design, carry out, and evaluate youth policy and interventions using interdisciplinary and international insights
  • A reflexive, critical attitude towards youth policies, practices and innovations

Job prospects

After completing this Master's program, you will be able to apply for positions in the practical and research fields. Some examples are listed below:

  • Team coordinator in a child and youth organization where you are responsible for quality assurance and improvement of the work of practitioners by supervising, coordinating, offering support and/or leadership
  • Quality commissioner of a child and youth organization where you interact with other organizations and researchers to bridge sources of knowledge of good practice
  • In an Agency for Quality Improvement, where you work with researchers, team coordinators and quality employees of child and youth organizations to monitor and improve the quality of professional practice
  • Child & youth officer where you work as a member of a team of civil servants with policy makers, child & youth organizations, and agencies for quality improvement
  • Scientist practitioner where you work with children and their families, and offer support to teachers and other adults who are partners in parenting, and initiate and support activities that stimulate civil society and inclusive education
  • If working on the thesis inspires you to do more research, you can apply for PhD positions, write your own PhD proposal, or explore possibilities in governmental and non-governmental research agencies.

From September onwards, most of our courses will be offered online. Where possible and necessary we will combine the online education with lectures and activities on campus, since we feel it is important that you can meet your lecturers and fellow students in person. Soon you will hear from us what your study programme will look like and you will receive an invitation for the orientation.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 Months)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (12,11,632) per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,

Groningen,

9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Bachelor's degree. Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For international students

Bachelor in Pedagogical Sciences, Educational Sciences, Social Sciences with compulsory modules on children and adolescents or similarly relevant degrees (e.g., Youth Studies, Special Needs Education), Pre-Master SPO graduates.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5

TOEFL paper based: 580

TOEFL computer based: 237

TOEFL internet based: 92

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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