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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.

Due to the Corona measures the organisation of the presentations of the Master’s projects has been adjusted until further notice.

Presentation dates 

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

06-08-2020

19-07-2020

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