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Master's programme Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Applying scientific knowledge in clinical practice

Which factors contribute to the development of children and adolescents? How and why do emotional, behavioural or social problems emerge? How can such problems be prevented or treated effectively? The master's programme Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology focuses on both the acquisition of scientific knowledge and its application in professional practice.

The internship in the broad field of a clinical child and adolescent psychology is therefore an important part of our programme. In the courses, you will gain specialised, state of the art scientific knowledge and learn about its applications:

  • You will learn about assessment for intervention and evidence-based interventions to support children, parents and/or teachers.
  • You will also be introduced to cognitive behavioural therapy and you will learn how to design a treatment plan using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques.
  • You will learn to apply critical scientific thinking to take position on relevant issues in the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology.


In this one-year Master's programme, you can choose your own specialisation. You can apply for an internship in the field of your choice, you can choose a thesis topic that fascinates you, or you can take an elective course that will allow you to specialise in a field of your preference. For example, you could do an elective course on juvenile forensic psychopathology, interventions in diverse contexts (such as school), or developmental neuropsychology. You have 5 ECs available to spend on an elective course that you find interesting, within or outside the faculty.

International perspective

An added value of this programme is that it is international, and accessible to students from all over the world. This provides a stimulating mix of students, but above all it allows you to learn about similarities and differences in how children and adolescents grow up, and how mental health care is organized in different countries. As such this Master’s programme will not only allow you to deepen your knowledge of youth mental health care, such as in your internship, it will also allow you to broaden your horizon by learning in an international context.

Driven by clinical experience and research

Lecturers who teach in this master's programme work (partially) in clinical practice and / or conduct scientific research on children and adolescents at Utrecht University. Healthcare psychologists, school psychologists, and cognitive behavioral therapists are involved in the master's programme.

Research by Chantal Kemner

Researchers from these programmes teach courses and supervise the students’ theses. Students also have the opportunity to take part in their research projects as research assistants.

Objective of the programme

This Master’s programme will enable you to develop into a scientist-practitioner who is able to make a difference in the field of child and adolescent psychology. You will learn to integrate knowledge and skills gained in theoretical courses with practical experience obtained during your internship. You will learn how to apply critical scientific thinking to take position in current developments in the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology. 

Prepares for postgraduate training

This programme optimally prepares you for post-master education in the Netherlands. You have the option to obtain your basic psychodiagnostics certificate and you can register as a master's psychologist at the SKJ (Stichting KwaliteitsregisterJeugd) after completing the Master's.

In many cases, you also meet the entry requirements for the post-master's programmes to become a mental health psychologist and school psychologist (this also depends on the subjects you took during your bachelor's). For international students, formal accreditation needs to take place at an individual level by the national union of psychologists.

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Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Psychology
  • Programme: Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Accredited by the NVAO
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1 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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Social and Behavioural Sciences
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Social and Behavioural Sciences