Our programme features:

This Master programme emphasises independent individual work. The courses consist of lectures, working groups, examinations, preparing individual or group assignments and writing papers. In addition to being present, we expect students to make an active contribution to the sessions and submit assignments and papers on time.

During the Master’s research project, students work together in project groups of about six students to prepare individual articles and individual final presentations.

The programmes of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences use the electronic learning environment Blackboard, which is administered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Course guide

Every course has an extensive course guide containing a summary of the content of the weekly sessions, the literature to be studied each week and the assignments and the assessment criteria. The course guide is posted on Blackboard several weeks before the start of the course. The course guide is posted on Blackboard several weeks before the start of a course.

Other uses

Blackboard is also used for such purposes as posting daily announcements and lecture notes and assigning students to groups.

The faculty assigns an email account to each student. The emails from this account can be forwarded to students who wish to use their own email address. The programme assumes that students have access to their own computers and that they check their email regularly, as well as the announcements for each course on Blackboard.

The Master’s programme in Youth Studies aims to train students to become social-science professionals who possess the knowledge, competences and methodological skills that qualify them for a range of academic positions within the field of care for young people (youth policy, education, youth services and youth health services).

The Master’s programme trains students to become academic professionals who are able to: 

  • conduct (applied) academic research independently;
  • analyse, develop and evaluate policy, based on academic knowledge;
  • contribute to the further development and implementation of interventions;
  • investigate the effectiveness of policy measures and interventions using state of the art academic effect research.

Knowledge and insight

Graduates have knowledge of and insight into:

  • current developments in the structural and social position and experiences of young people in modern societies;
  • disciplinary and interdisciplinary theories and models that can be applied in the investigation of issues of young people;
  • the research methods and strategies that are applied in the examination of these issues.

Application of knowledge and insight

Graduates are able to:

  • analyse complex youth issues from a variety of theoretical perspectives;
  • combine the basic principles of the various disciplinary perspectives in an interdisciplinary approach and apply them to youth issues;
  • conduct research independently and communicate about it clearly and unambiguously to a public of specialists and non-specialists, in person and in writing;
  • conduct academic research in a team.

Forming judgements

Graduates are able to:

  • reflect on social and societal relationships in which adolescents are engaged;
  • reflect on policy and intervention practices, on the basis of theoretical, analytic and methodological considerations;
  • engage in critical reflection on their own actions as professionals in relation to clients, research participants;
  • critically reflect on their role in the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions and policy;
  • arrive at academically justified judgements in complex youth issues;
  • consider the ethical aspects of the application of academic knowledge in their professional field.


Graduates are able to:

  • function appropriately as social scientists, particularly with regard to approaching and establishing working relationships with clients and/or research participants and colleagues and taking responsibility for their professional actions and conclusions;
  • communicate results of academic investigations clearly and unambiguously, both in person and in writing, to an audience of specialists and non-specialists;
  • assess the academic work of colleagues and provide academically sound, constructive commentary on it.

Graduates of the Master’s programme demonstrate:

  • an honest and critical attitude towards research plans, research itself and results;
  • a respectful and responsible attitude in relation to students, colleagues, respondents and clients.

Learning skills

Graduates are able to:

  • stay in tune with developments in the study of youth and critically review new research;
  • be aware of changing policies and intervention strategies and their evaluation;
  • learn from feedback on their own academic and professional activities.