Why Education and Child Studies?

The Leiden Institute of Education and Child Studies aims to conduct high-quality research that addresses major social issues. This inspires its BSc, MSc and PhD programmes.


Social issues that are currently being investigated include child abuse, the quality of daycare, children’s reading problems, and the early diagnosis of children with severe mental and physical handicaps. The Institute's faculty cooperate with other institutes believing that an interdisciplinary approach is fundamental to our understanding.

The research of the institute is an important inspiring source for the curricula of the Bachelor and Master's programmes. Most reseachers have a leading role in the teaching programme. A wide range of courses is offered yearly to more than a 1000 (under)graduate students and over 50 Research Master's and PhD candidates. The teaching programmes aim to train students to become academic professionals, with advanced research skills and substantial practical research experience.


The language of instruction and examination of the Bachelor's programme is Dutch. The Master's and PhD candidates courses are offered in Dutch and English.


The policy of the Institute of Education and Child Studies is to try and find a balance between "knowledge versus society-driven" research. The institute strongly believes on the one hand that pure science provides knowledge useful for application, whereas on the other hand practical problems generate questions to be addressed in basic research. The policy of the institute is to accept externally-funded research, only if at least some spin-off for basic research is guaranteed.  

Three main research themes:


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Last Modified: 09-09-2014