Admission and Application

If you are a student with previous education at a non-Dutch University, we also advise you to consult our International Admissions FAQ for questions about application and visa in relation to the coronavirus developments.

Please answer the questions below and click on the button ‘Continue’ to see the information that applies to you.

Entry requirements

To be accepted to this Master’s programme you need:

  1. An academic Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Our International Students Admission’s office will verify whether a non-Dutch academic degree is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch research university. All international Bachelor’s degrees are evaluated based on standards set by the NUFFIC. If your degree is assessed as less than equivalent to a 3-year Dutch research University degree, or as a bachelor from a university of applied sciences, you are most likely not eligible for admission. 
  2. Specific academic knowledge and skills required to participate in this programme. You can find these requirements in this document. In order to meet these requirements your Bachelor’s degree has to be in Psychology, or at least a major in Psychology, with an individual course programme in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology or Developmental psychology. Please consult the document above for the specified criteria.

    Please note: an online assessment will be a mandatory part of the evaluation of the methods and statistics criterion. For more information please consult the document above.

  3. Sufficient command of the English Language (see below).

English language requirements

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. Please note, it is not necessary to have passed the English test at the time of your application. The results can be submitted later. The following requirements apply*/**:

  • IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing.
  • TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 93, institutional scores are not accepted. Please tell ETS to send your original results report to Utrecht University (the TOEFL institution code for Utrecht University is 9062).
  • Cambridge Certificate:
    • ​Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE). Minimum score: 176 total, 169 writing
    • Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE). Minimum score: 180 total, 169 writing

*Exceptions: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you obtained your secondary school diploma and/or Bachelor's degree in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa, or you obtained an IB Diploma or EB Diploma (taught in English).

**Chinese students have to take the IELTS or TOEFL test.

Unsure if you qualify for admission?

In order to properly assess whether you are eligible for admission, it is important that we have the right information. It is therefore necessary that you apply through the standard admission procedure and submit the required documents. The Admissions Committee will then evaluate your eligibility and you will be informed of their decision by means of a letter of (non-, conditional or unconditional) acceptance.

Note: you may need to pay an application fee (of 100 euro), otherwise the application will not be considered. Check the information on our Application Fee page.

Registration as licensed psychologist

Please be aware that the requirements to registration as licensed clinical child/adolescent psychologist vary across the world. The Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Master’s curriculum is accredited within the Dutch system of education and training in clinical child and adolescent psychology. Therefore, the Dutch BAPD (certificate of assessment qualification) can only be obtained by Dutch students with a Bachelor's and Master's degree from a Dutch Research University.

Formal accreditation in other countries is conducted by the national association of psychologists of that particular country. For more information, please contact your national association of psychologists.

When to apply

For admission in September

We will begin accepting applications after 1 October. We recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Application deadline: 1 April*

*Please note that the application deadline for students with an EU/EEA or Swiss nationality may be extended to 1 June. This extension is by no means guaranteed; therefore, we advise all students to finish their application before 1 April. Any new information regarding the application deadline will be published on this website no later than 2 April.

Complete your application in time!

When applying via OSIRIS Online Application, you are asked to upload a number of documents. Please submit your application with all the required documents well before the deadline. If your file is incomplete and/or your application fee has not been paid at that time, we will be unable to consider your application.

When can you expect a decision?

After you submit your application the Admissions Committee will check whether you have sent in all the required documents and your application is indeed complete. If so, you will receive notification that your file will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. You can expect a decision within twenty working days after you receive this notification. In December this may take a little longer because of the Christmas Break.

Application procedure

The following steps will help you submit a complete application for this programme:

  1. Check the entry requirements for this Master’s programme.
  2. Apply in a timely manner, preferably well before the deadline; see ‘When to apply’.
  3. Download the Instructions for applying to a Master’s programme.
  4. Go to Studielink and complete the online application.
  5. You will receive an email with login details for OSIRIS Online Application, where you can upload the required documents and pay the application fee (if applicable). In OSIRIS Online Application you can also check the status of your application.
  6. For applicants from China only: apply for a Nuffic Certificate.

If you are conditionally accepted, you will be asked to send certified hard copies of your diploma and transcript to International Student Admissions by post.

Find out more about application and visa, in relation to the coronavirus developments.

Required documents

During the online application process, you will be asked to submit documents that support your application to study at Utrecht University. You will find an overview of these documents below. The underlined forms can be completed on the computer:

  • A scan of your diploma (if necessary with official translations) or Proof of anticipated degree

  • A scan of your transcript (if necessary with official translations)

  • A scan of your official English language test report or certificate.

  • Passport copy

  • An overview of courses yet to be completed (when you have not yet obtained your diploma)

  • Checklist Entry requirements and syllabi of all the courses you list on this Checklist. These syllabi must be written in English or Dutch. If they are not available in one of these languages, please upload the original syllabi and include a (self-written) clear and comprehensive English summary.

  • A copy of your Bachelor’s thesis or similar research report (not required for Bachelor’s students Psychology at a Dutch research university).
    When you have not yet completed your thesis, submit a signed statement by your thesis supervisor that states the title and research question.


Questions about the application procedure?

Please check our FAQ or contact the International Student Admissions.