How can mental health problems such as anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and grieving problems best be studied and treated? How can we prevent them from occurring, improve treatment results and prevent relapse? You will address these and similar kinds of questions in the Master’s programme Clinical Psychology.
Studying questions of mental health
Driven by research and clinical experience
In the Clinical Psychology Master’s programme you will acquire and develop fundamental knowledge of and skills in evidence-based psychotherapies and become familiar with prevailing research methods in the field of clinical psychology. The lecturers from this Master’s programme work in clinical practice and/or do state-of-the-art theoretical or applied research at Utrecht University. This integration of science and practice forms the basis of the teaching approach in this programme.
Objective of the programme
This programme will enable you to develop into an academic professional. You have broad knowledge of contemporary scientific theories and instruments as well as skills related to prevention, psychotherapeutic treatment and policy formation in the area of psychological aspects of health, illness and psychopathology. You are familiar with research methods in mental healthcare and can translate that knowledge to practice. You know what it’s like to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
Learn to work in a multidisciplinary way
Clinical psychology is always interacting with other disciplines due to the context in which behavioural and health problems arise. Examples are medicine, biology, neurology, pharmacology, economics, sociology and social psychology. This will therefore be a considerable focus of attention. Some lectures will also be taught by (guest) lecturers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. And finally, you will often work in a multi-disciplinary context during your internship as well. This means that clinical internships need to be done in native language organisations, which for international students often necessitates doing the internship elsewhere. For them it is strongly suggested to try to acquire an internship position immediately after application.
The Clinical Psychology Master’s programme will mainly be taught in English. Some skills-oriented tutorials will be taught in English and Dutch. Our programme’s content and context have a strong international character and you will have plenty of opportunity for international orientation (thesis, internship, symposiums). On top of that, our student population is a true mix of people from different countries and cultures. This provides a strong basis for the international and diversity-oriented character of our programme and our community.
How does this Master’s programme differentiate itself from similar programmes at other universities?
- You can acquire the NIP’s basic certificate in psycho-diagnostics (BAPD)
- Focus on the many shades of grey between health and disorder: attention is paid to both the psychologist’s traditional role in treating actual mental health disorders and his or her role in handling common but less clear mental health issues resulting from major life events (grief and trauma), for example
- Our teachers are nationally and internationally renowned scientific experts and have extensive experience in clinical practice and academic research
- This Master’s programme is well-matched with various postgraduate programmes
Postgraduate training programmes
The clinical Master’s degree offers Dutch-speaking students the opportunity to acquire the NIP’s basic certificate in psycho-diagnostics (BAPD). You can also apply for different postgraduate programmes (Healthcare psychology; in Dutch: GZ-psycholoog) or pursue a PhD position. For international students, formal accreditation needs to take place at an individual level by the national union of psychologists.
Science and practice
Our teachers are nationally and internationally renowned scientific experts and have extensive experience in clinical practice and academic research. This is reflected in the programme, for example the expertise in;
- cognitive behavioural therapy
- the study of grieving (loss) and psychotrauma (war, violence, disasters)
- experimental psychopathology (in relation to anxiety)
- treatment of depresion
- culture and health(care)
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- Psychology (MSc)
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- Study duration:
- 1 year
- Tuition fees:
- Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2023-2024: € 2,314
Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2023-2024: € 18,332
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- Accredited by the NVAO
- Social and Behavioural Sciences
- Graduate school:
- Social and Behavioural Sciences