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Examine youth issues from different disciplinary perspectives

Adolescence is a period of major developmental changes. Under which conditions do young people grow up to be confident, social, well-integrated, healthy and happy adults? How do problems emerge? You will learn to observe and examine youth issues by combining input from different social scientific disciplines (psychology, pedagogy, sociology, anthropology) in an interdisciplinary approach. 

The one-year Master's programme in Interdisciplinary Social Science: Youth Studies relates to topics and challenges which are relevant and/or unique to youth such as:

Male adolescent
  • Social inequalities and mental and physical health
  • Marginalisation, radicalisation and exclusion
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Antisocial and criminal behaviour
  • Youth culture and popular music
  • Social media use and gaming
  • Interventions and policies to enhance the position of young people

As a Youth Studies student, you will contribute to knowledge regarding youth issues. You will learn to develop ways to prevent or solve problems associated with adolescence and young adulthood, and enhance the quality youth care. By integrating knowledge from different disciplines you will be able to better understand youth issues and to find solutions to youth problems that are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research. Additionally, you will gain knowledge about policies and interventions regarding youth issues and develop academic skills to conduct research in the field of youth.

You will be able to take on many different perspectives: sociology, pedagogics, psychology or human geography

Education on the basis of leading research 

We have a strong research team, conducting investigations on a broad range of youth issues, changes in youth welfare and youth policy. The programme’s instructional staff consists of researchers with excellent national and international reputation, including Prof. Catrin Finkenauer, Prof. Tom ter Bogt, Prof. John de Wit, Dr. Regina van den Eijnden, Dr. Gonneke Stevens, Dr. Ina Koning, Dr. Margreet de Looze, Dr. Margot Peeters, Dr. Manja Coopmans, Dr. Luzia Hue, Dr. Gerdien van Eersel and Dr. Marlies Maes.

Want to know more about their research?

In these (coronavirus) times of social distancing, parents may worry more about their children's intensive screen use. Dr. Ina Koning, Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, and Programme Coordinator of Youth Studies, researches issues such as children's online behaviour and parent's efforts to curb excessive use. In a recent article she answers questions about children's screen habits.

Or do you want to know how the coronacrisis might affect our psyche? Prof. Catrin Finkenauer was interviewed by the Volkskrant (in Dutch) about her views concerning the state of youth and children in these circumstances.  

Developing the skill of critical thinking was very beneficial!

Develop yourself

Through an innovative approach in interdisciplinary science, the Master’s programme will prepare you for work in academic institutes, policy organisations, and NGOs; for being part of an internationalizing and increasingly diverse workforce. It offers you an exciting choice of themes, perspectives and methodological approaches and provides you with the opportunity to individually design an important part of your Master's research. You will also complete an internship in an organization in the professional field of youth. This freedom of choice stimulates your personal development and prepares you optimally for a career in research or advisory positions.

Programme objective

This Master’s programme will prepare you for a career in the field of youth research, youth care and youth policy. By acquiring in-depth knowledge on youth issues, academic skills and competencies you will develop into a highly qualified science practitioner. You will train yourself systematically in theoretically and methodologically advanced research that will equip you to help solve social problems in the field of youth either within or outside of academia.

  • Amely Bechir
    I train youngsters, parents and professionals on how to handle substance-related and behavioural problems


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Interdisciplinary Social Science
  • Programme: Youth Studies
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Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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Social and Behavioural Sciences
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Social and Behavioural Sciences