Various working methods are used in this programme, which emphasise independent individual work.

Courses

Most programmes start with specialist courses that combine a focus on research and development of theory in the relevant field with teaching important professional skills.

The Academic Professional course will prepare you for the job market by helping to develop your identity as a professional.

Academic professionals are critical thinkers who can move smoothly between theory and practice and apply the latest knowledge and skills in order to identify and solve problems in social contexts. This approach forms the basis for the Master’s programme and is supported by the Academic Professional course, which integrates the various components of the Master’s curriculum into a cohesive whole.

Important components include: critical reflection, academic integrity, ethical professional practice, and entrepreneurial and lifelong learning. Students learn to maintain their integrity and remain faithful to their academic background when, as graduates in the job market, they may be expected to adopt a 'flexible' approach.

The module also focuses on practical skills that will prove essential in finding employment in the job market.

In order to help students use the academic knowledge and skills they are acquiring properly in practice, an important part of the Master's programme is a practical internship.

The study programme will ensure that there are enough internship placements available, but students must apply to the internship organisations themselves. The organisations will then decide who they take on as interns.The nature of the internship placements can vary, but all relate to the Master's programme.

Admission to a Master's programme does not automatically mean admission to a (specific) internship position. The study programme will ensure that there are enough internship placements available, but a student may nevertheless be rejected by a number of organisations due to personal unsuitability. In that case, the study programme is not bound to guarantee an internship placement.

Thesis

At Master's level, we emphasise the link between research and practice, seeking to train scientist practitioners. It is therefore essential that students are able to conduct research independently, which they do by writing a thesis. This is an individual article in which you report on an empirical research project that you have conducted yourself.

Assessment

The assessments and tests in the courses and individual study components are based on the learning objectives and working methods of each component. This often means that a combination of different testing methods is used. For example, courses may be assessed by means of both written exams and assignments. The internship supervisor from the organisation plays an advisory role in assessing the internship.