Study Programme

Programme outline

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 en 4
  • Interventions and Policies I: Needs Assesment and Change Approaches 5 EC
  • Youth Studies: an Interdisciplinary Approach  5 EC
  • Interventions and Policies II: Implementation and 
    Evaluation Methods  5 EC
  • Key Issues in the Study of Youth 5 EC
  • Elective  5 EC
  • Master's Project
    Two options:
    1. Internship and independent Master's thesis research based on existing data
    2. Combination of internship and Master's thesis research at an external organisation
  • Academic Professional, 
    Period 1-4, 5 EC
  • Academic Professional
  • Academic Professional

You can find detailed descriptions on the 'courses' page.


During the first two periods of study, you get acquainted with central concepts and theoretical perspectives on social policies and interventions on a local, national and international level by means of, among other things, guest lectures by academics from the field. Different perspectives about social policies and interventions of politicians and policy makers, science, professional practice, and clients/target groups are discussed. During 'Youth Studies: an interdisciplinary approach', you learn to read, analyse, interpret and report on scientific research concerning current youth issues. In 'Key issues in Youth Studies', you are requested to conduct an individual literature review. You report on this in a scientifically justifiable way and write a research proposal focusing on the gaps in the literature.


During your internship, you will do work that is comparable to the work of a starting junior in the professional field. You will do this under the supervision of an academic. Your work can be related to the research themes in your Master's thesis, but it does not have to be.


You can choose how you want to do your Master's research:

  • You carry out your own research at your internship organisation and report about it in your Master's thesis.
  • You use large data-sets that are provided by the ongoing research programmes of the ISS groups. You will analyse these data-sets in order to answer theoretically justifiable research questions and report about them in your thesis. 

Going abroad?

There are possibilities to carry out your internship and research abroad. For instance, you can contribute to research of the Youth Programme of the Ministry of General Affairs of Curacao.

Bring Your Own Device

If you are taking any computer-based classes, please bear in mind that you might be expected to bring your own laptop. As a UU student, you'll have access to practically all study software via your own laptop, free of charge, wherever you are. Read all about BYOD.