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Education The Faculty Graduate Schools Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences Research Master

specialization|Developmental Psychology

theme|Lifespan Development and Socialization

Research themes

Students in the Developmental psychology specialization will focus on dealing with the description and explanation of psychological changes that take place in the life course, during childhood as well as during adulthood. The research often concerns new skills next to behavioural possibilities and their timing. Children learn to talk, walk, how to eat by themselves, and to explore and understand the world. Also during adulthood and old age, changes still occur continuously, for example in the development of identity and well-being. These developments all take place by means of continuous and mutual interactions between the individual and the social and physical environment.

The goal of knowledge in the field of developmental psychology lies in the enhancement of healthy growing up and ageing, with a focus on the individual and the interaction with the context.

Research groups

The Developmental Psychology specialization is organized by the Developmental Psychology expertise group, that conducts research on the processes that determine human development.

The research of the group starts from a complexity vision on processes and targets the analysis of individual longitudinal data, encompassing fundamental as well as practice-oriented research themes. The content of these processes is divers and current research comprises, among others, typical and atypical development in childhood, language acquisition, identity development, emergence of psychopathology and talent. Diagnostics and intervention in upbringing and education play an important role in different research projects.

Multidisciplinary programme

The Research Master with specialization Developmental Psychology is part of the theme Lifespan Development and Socialization within a multidisciplinary programme.

Theme courses Lifespan Development and Socialization (15 EC)
  • Lifespan development
  • Modelling interactions between persons and variables over time
  • Socialization
Specialization courses Developmental Psychology (10 EC)
  • Development, learning and instruction
  • Contextualized diagnostics and interventions
Elective courses (10 EC)
  • Evidence-based interventions
  • Experimental psychopathology
  • Research in Clinical neuropsychology
  • Economy and society: Critical transitions in Advanced Industrialised Societies
  • Solidarity and social contexts
  • Cultural psychology
  • Diversity in society: current issues and challenges
  • Researching power and leadership
  • Understanding working life: Major Theories and Research Trends in Organizational Psychology
  • Environmental psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Multilevel analysis
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Statistical analysis of social networks
  • Statistical modelling of single cases
  • Literature study

Compulsory modules for all students (85 EC)
  • How to theorize
  • Reflecting on science and integrity
  • Multidisciplinary research in action
  • Advanced statistics
  • Applied statistics
  • Elective statistics course
  • Seminars
  • Traineeship
  • How to write an effective research proposal
  • Master’s thesis

Specializations in this theme:
Developmental Psychology | Orthopedagogy | Pedagogical and Educational Sciences | Psychometrics and Statistics | Sociology

For questions about the LDS theme contact b.f.jeronimus

Last modified:29 November 2021 12.27 p.m.