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Adolescence is a period of major developmental change. Under which conditions do young people grow up to be sociable, well-integrated, confident, healthy and happy adults? Which social changes are crucial for their development? Why do some young people develop well, while others face issues?

From September 2023: revised Master’s programme

The content of the Master’s programme Youth Development and Social Change (previously named ‘Youth Studies’has been revised. The revised Master’s programme will be taught from the academic year 2023–2024. The information on this website concerns this revised Master’s programme and is aimed at all students starting in September 2023.

If we truly want to understand young people’s development, we need to take an interdisciplinary approach.

Why Youth Development and Social Change?

  • Focus on the development of young people and their diverse contexts
  • Bridge  the gap between different scientific disciplines
  • Bridge  the gap between research and practice

There is increasing concern about mental health problems among young people. We will teach you about the myriad factors that affect the mental health of young people and stimulate you to build bridges between different perspectives and work with professionals in different sectors.

After graduation

This Master’s programme will prepare you for a career in the field of youth research, youth care and youth policy. Considering the increasing complexity of youth issues and diversity of professionals involved, interdisciplinary knowledge and skills are essential to work in the field. Upon graduation, you will not only have developed the skills to conduct research on complex (interdisciplinary) youth issues independently, but you will also have developed concrete skills to facilitate cooperation between professionals from different disciplines. You will be able to put your findings into practice, while understanding their social and legal implications for politics and policy.

Is it really true that the young people of today are less happy than the young people of two decades ago? And if so, to what extent could this be due to the COVID-19 pandemic, increased perfectionism or greater inequality? To answer these questions correctly, we need insights and theories from sociology, psychology, geosciences, law and many other disciplines.

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Key facts

Interdisciplinary Social Science (MSc)
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Study duration: 
1 year

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Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2023-2024: € 2,314

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2023-2024: € 18,332

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Social and Behavioural Sciences
Graduate school: 
Social and Behavioural Sciences