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Gaining research experience

Gaining research experience is an essential part of any academic study programme. There are various ways in which you can gain research experience.

You can, for example, undertake a research internship with a company or institution, or carry out research on behalf of Leiden University. Talk to your  Study Adviser about the options available within your programme.

Master's project

The master's project forms the final element in all specialisations of the master’s programme in Education and Child Studies. The goal of the master’s project is to allow you to experience academic research in practice, by taking part in every step of the empirical cycle.

In the course of the master’s project, you conduct research on an Education and Child Studies theme which falls under one of the specialisations of the master’s programme. You

  • formulate your own research question,
  • conduct a literature review,
  • reflect on the methodological, ethical and practical implications of your research,
  • collect and analyse data related to your research question,
  • draw conclusions,
  • and ultimately record these steps in a final report.

The master’s project is concluded with an individual thesis and an oral presentation.

Master’s project guide

The master’s project is a substantial component of the master’s programme (20 ECTS). In order to make sure that you have at your disposal all the information required to successfully and pleasantly complete the master’s project, the Institute of Education and Child Studies has published a special Master Project Prospectus. We strongly advise you to read this guide thoroughly before you start working on your master project.

Master's Project Presentation

In addition to the thesis, the master's project is also concluded with a presentation. This presentation is compulsory for all master’s students and it is a requirement for graduation. In approximately 10 minutes, you are expected to present your research to other master’s students and potential guests.

For further information, see the Master’s Presentation Guide. You can register for your presentation by means of a registration form which your supervisor should sign for approval. You can hand in this form at the Institute Service Desk (4th floor, room 4B01).

The presentations take place during symposiums which are held on Thursday afternoons, usually from 14.00 to 17.00 hrs. The precise duration of the symposium depends on the number of presentations. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail. The programme of the symposiums is published on this website every month.

Presentation dates 2018-2019

Apply before

12-09-2019

29-08-2019

10-10-2019

20-09-2019

14-11-2019

25-10-2019

12-12-2019

22-11-2019

16-01-2020

03-01-2020

13-02-2020

23-01-2020

19-03-2020

28-02-2020

16-04-2020

27-03-2020

14-05-2020

24-04-2020

18-06-2020

29-05-2020

09-07-2020

21-06-2020

16-07-2020

28-06-2020

08-08-2020

19-07-2020

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