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Education and Child Studies

Dutch - English


September - February 


1 year



This programme focuses on the link between theory, research and practice. Students are taught to seek evidence-based solutions to problems occurring in child-rearing and education.


Five of the nine specialisations are taught in English.

  • Applied Neuroscience in Human Development
  • Parenting and Child Development
  • Digital Media in Human Development
  • Educational Science
  • Forensische Gezinspedagogiek (in Dutch)
  • Kinderen met Leer- en Gedragsproblemen in het Onderwijs
    (in Dutch)
  • Leerproblemen (in Dutch)
  • Learning Problems and Impairments: international track
  • Orthopedagogiek (in Dutch)


Graduates can apply for a variety of jobs in the field of prevention and intervention in child-rearing and education, both in clinical and non-clinical contexts.

Best preparatory bachelor’s

Prospective students need to possess the skills, understanding and knowledge that are required for earning a Bachelor’s in Education
and Child Studies at Leiden University.

English proficiency**

(Only for the English taught specialisations)
IELTS: 6.5 / TOEFL internet-based: 90

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences 

1 & 2

year master’s programmes


master's students


International master's students




EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fee

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master’s programme in The Netherlands
** English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.