Ana Okorn studied Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence
"After finishing my Bachelor’s in Slovenia, where I’m from, I was looking for a highly challenging Master’s programme, designed as a preparation for a PhD position. Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence was definitely the right choice. In joining this programme, you not only gain a strong and broad expertise in developmental psychology and advanced statistical and methodological knowledge, but you also learn how to think critically and how to communicate your ideas to others.
Being an international student in this Master’s was not a problem at all. Everything is designed to fit within the international structure of the programme, so all the tasks, literature and communication are in English. What I especially appreciated is that I was able to do part of my internship in my home country, which further emphasizes the international focus of the programme.
I did my research internship at the department of Clinical Child and Family Studies at UU. The internship was part of the research project Parenting around the World. The goal of the project is to disseminate the recognition and usage of a multi-dimensional parenting questionnaire (CECPAQ) around the world, to be able to compare parenting practices from diverse cultures and environments. The main focus of my internship was to set-up and coordinate a study which examined the upbringing of young children in Slovenia, and which considered whether the CECPAQ is suitable for Slovenian parents.
The internship turned out to be of extreme value for my future research career, and I gained much more knowledge and confidence than I had previously imagined I could. After finishing DaSCA I feel more than prepared to continue with my studies as a PhD student in the field of developmental psychology!"
Dom Weinberg studied Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence
"I did my Bachelor’s in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University in the UK, where I’m from. After graduating, I felt I was done with academia for the time being, so I found a job with a small NGO, The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services. I really enjoyed my work, which combined politics, social issues and youth development, which I had always been interested in. Once I felt ready to return to academia to pursue a Master’s, I was therefore certain that I wanted to look for a programme which focused on the lives of young people. Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence very much fitted with these interests.
I wanted to do a Master’s abroad in order to broaden my horizons, and chose to come to the Netherlands in large part because there are a lot of very good universities here. Utrecht University was my top choice based on its real strength in research on adolescent health and development. Another important reason why I chose the Netherlands is that this country has the highest level of child wellbeing in Europe; I figured that even on top of studying youth issues, being part of this society would help me further understand what makes young people happy and healthy.
DaSCA was challenging and the first few months especially were hard work, but overall it was definitely the right decision for me. Utrecht is a lovely city to live in, it was easy to build a social life during the Master’s, and I really felt like I learnt a lot from the programme. I even enjoyed it enough that I wanted to continue with a PhD, so when my thesis supervisor offered me a position I didn’t take long to decide. I am now working as a PhD candidate at UU, and am part of the projects which drew me here in the first place!"
Leanthe van Harten studied Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence
"After finishing my Bachelor’s at University College Utrecht, I was looking for the most challenging Master’s programme in the field of Developmental Psychology. I found Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence. The group of students is small and the seminars are intense. The main focus lies on critically evaluating studies dealing with children and adolescents, acquiring the methodological and statistical skills to answer research questions, and placing knowledge in a theoretical context.
Students have the opportunity to do research in their own field of interest (e.g. Adolescents, Social and Personality Development, Psychosocial Problems and Cognition). Even though the assignments can be hard work, most students find the time for a job and an active social life. The skills taught in this programme can be seen as preparatory for taking up a PhD."