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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:

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  • 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 and internet use and misuse
  • 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 improve the quality of youth welfare and develop ways to prevent or solve problems associated with adolescence and young adulthood. By integrating knowledge from different disciplines you will be able to understand youth issues and to address youth problems whose solutions 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.

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 Wilma Vollebergh,  Prof Tom ter Bogt, Prof John de Wit, Dr Regina van den Eijnden, Dr Gonneke Stevens, Dr Ina Koning, Dr Margreet de Looze, and Dr Margot Peeters.

Want to know more about their research?

In these (Coronavirus) times of social distancing, parents may be even more likely to worry 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 parenting. In a recent article she answers some common questions about children's screen habits.

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

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Develop yourself

Through an innovative approach in interdisciplinary science, the Master’s programme will prepare you for the challenges associated with today’s increasingly global and diverse workforce in academic institutes, policy organisations, and NGOs. It offers you an exciting choice of themes, perspectives and methodological approaches and provides you with the opportunity to personally design an important part of your Master's research. You will also participate in an internship in an organization in the professional field of youth studies. This freedom of choice stimulates your personal development and optimally prepares you 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 welfare 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 receive a structured and systematic training 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, alumna Jeugdstudies
    The question 'why people become how they are' and to what extent behaviour is determined by nature or nurture has always interested me.


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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1 year
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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