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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

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About Youth 0-21, Society and Policy at University of Groningen

Our aim is to increase the quality of upbringing, care and education by improving policies and interventions for young people and their social and learning contexts

Do you want to...

  • Explore how interventions can improve the wellbeing of youngpeople, their families, schools, and communities?
  • Learn how to successfully implement interventions in child andyouth care and education?
  • Discuss the role of scientific research in improvinginterventions and youth policy?

Then this Master's program might be just ideal for you!Completing this program equips you with

  • State-of-the-art knowledge of youth research, practices, andpolicy, how they are linked and how they can improve eachother
  • The skills to design, carry out, and evaluate youth policy andinterventions using interdisciplinary and internationalinsights
  • A reflexive, critical attitude towards youth policies,practices and innovations


Our aim is to increase the quality of upbringing, care and education by improving policies and interventions for young people and their social and learning contexts.

Do you want to...

  • Explore how interventions can improve the wellbeing of youngpeople, their families, schools, and communities?
  • Learn how to successfully implement interventions in child andyouth care and education?
  • Discuss the role of research in improving interventions andyouth policy?

Then this Master's program might be just ideal for you!Completing this program equips you with...

  • State-of-the-art knowledge of youth research, practices, andpolicy, how they are linked and how they can improve eachother
  • The skills to design, carry out, and evaluate youth policy andinterventions using interdisciplinary and internationalinsights
  • A reflexive, critical attitude towards youth policies,practices and innovations


After your studies

Job prospects

After completing this Master's program, you will be able toapply for positions in the practical and research fields. Someexamples are listed below:

  • Team coordinator in a child and youth organization where you are responsible for quality assurance and improvement of the workof practitioners by supervising, coordinating, offering supportand/or leadership
  • Quality commissioner of a child and youth organization whereyou interact with other organizations and researchers to bridgesources of knowledge of good practice
  • In an Agency for Quality Improvement, where you work withresearchers, team coordinators and quality employees of child andyouth organizations to monitor and improve the quality ofprofessional practice
  • Child & youth officer where you work as a member of a teamof civil servants with policy makers, child & youthorganizations, and agencies for quality improvement 
  • Scientist practitioner where you work with children and theirfamilies, and offer support to teachers and other adults who are partners in parenting, and initiate and support activities thatstimulate civil society and inclusive education
  • If working on the thesis inspires you to do more research, you can apply for PhD positions, write your own PhD proposal, orexplore possibilities in governmental and non-governmental researchagencies.

After completing this Master's program, you will be able toapply for positions in the practical field or in research. Some ofyour options are:

  • Team coordinator in a child and youth organization where you are responsible for quality assurance and improvement of the workof practitioners by supervising, coordinating, offering supportand/or leadership
  • Quality commissioner of a child and youth organization whereyou interact with other organizations and researchers to bridgesources of knowledge of good practice
  • In an Agency for Quality Improvement, where you work withresearchers, team coordinators and quality employees of child andyouth organizations to monitor and improve the quality ofprofessional practice
  • Child & youth officer where you work as a member of a teamof civil servants with policy makers, child & youthorganizations, and agencies for quality improvement 
  • Scientist practitioner where you work with children and theirfamilies, and offer support to teachers and other adults who are partners in parenting, and initiate and support activities thatstimulate civil society and inclusive education
  • If working on the thesis inspires you to do more research, you can apply for PhD positions, write your own PhD proposal, orexplore possibilities in governmental and non-governmental researchagencies.
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Study options for this course

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Pedagogical SciencesUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Pedagogical SciencesAll Research universities

Deficiency program

Additional requirements:
  • written request
All Research universities

Via a pre-master

Additional requirements:
  • written request
All Research universities

Via a pre-master

Additional requirements:
  • written request
All Universities of applied sciences

Via a pre-master

More information:

Met een verwant hbo-diploma moet eerst het schakelprogrammaworden gevolgd, zie www.spo-groningen.nl

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics andResearch Methodology then we offer the possibility to takepre-master courses. The Admissions Board will inform you if youwould qualify for this. For more information have a look at the SPOsite about this premaster: http://spo-groningen.nl/(...)esearch-methodology/

previous education

Bachelor in Pedagogical Sciences, Educational Sciences, SocialSciences with compulsory modules on children and adolescents orsimilarly relevant degrees (e.g., Youth Studies, Special NeedsEducation), Pre-Master SPO graduates

reference letter

Candidates must supply two references/letters of recommendationfrom academic referees who have detailed knowledge of theiracademic record.

written request

Write (type) a letter (no larger than one A4 sheet) explainingyour motivation to follow this programme. You should consider atleast the following topics:

  • Your motivation to study at a Master's level;
  • Relevant study and/or work experience;
  • Areas of particular interest in this Master's programme;
  • Career perspectives and in what way completing this Master'sprogramme would contribute to accomplish them.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Als er sprake is van onvoldoende kennis op het gebied vanStatistics and Research Methodology is het mogelijk premastercursussen te volgen. De toelatingscommissie kan aangeven of jehiervoor in aanmerking komt. Voor meer informatie, zie de SPO siteover deze premaster http://spo-groningen.nl/(...)esearch-methodology/

previous education

Met een verwant hbo-diploma moet eerst het schakelprogrammaworden gevolgd: www.spo-groningen.nl

written request

Studenten met

  • een niet verwant universitair diploma
  • een bachelordiploma Pedagogische Wetenschappen behaald aan eenandere universiteit dan de RUG

dienen een toelatingsverzoek (met CV en gewaarmerkte kopie vandiploma en cijferlijsten) in te dienen via https://www.rug.nl/(...)elating-master-pedok

other admission requirements

Voor inlichtingen over de toelatingsprocedure kunt u contactopnemen met de toelatingscommissie: toelatingscommissie.pedok@rug.nl

Registration procedure

Please register through StudieLink. After you have submittedyour details in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with theinformation necessary to activate your user account for OAS (theOnline Application System).

See the webpages for some guidancein OAS.

Please upload the following documents in OAS:
* a certified copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of whichyou ask admission to our programme (both original language andtranslated in English)
* a certified copy of your transcript of records (both originallanguage and translated in English)
* a certified copy of your results for one of the mentioned Englishtests (exc. for native speakers)
* a copy of your passport or ID card
* a letter of motivation

If you have any doubts about your application, please contact usat: bss.msc.admission@rug.nl.

Voor de aanmeldingsprocedure zie de infopagina: http://www.rug.nl/(...)n/inschrijven/master

Voor inlichtingen over de inhoud van de tracks kun je contactopnemen met de studieadviseur via studyadvice.peduc@rug.nl

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

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