Programme outline

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 and 4
  • Effective Mental Health 
    Intervention for Youth
    5 EC
  • Introduction to Cognitve Behavioural Therapy for Youth 5 EC (Period 1 and 2)
  • Introduction to Cognitve Behavioural Therapy for Youth  5 EC
  • Elective course 5 EC
    For example within the faculty:
    -  Applied Developmental Psychology
    -  Juvenile Forensic Psychopathology
  • Possibility to do an elective course in Period 3 instead of Period 2 (5 EC)
  • Academic Professional
    (Period 1 to 4, 5 EC)
  • Internship
    (Period 1-4, 20 EC*)
  • Thesis (Period 1-4, 20 EC)
  • Academic Professional
  • Internship
  • Thesis
  • Academic Professional
  • Internship
  • Thesis

* For students with a non-clinical and/or non-Dutch spoken internship: 15 EC internship, and 5 EC clinical skills lab in period 1 and 2.

You can find detailed descriptions on the 'courses' page.


The courses are based on the development of the professional knowledge and skills needed to work in the fields of developmental psychopathology, diagnostics and treatment. The courses cover the following:

  • Working effectively with young people (course on treatment-oriented diagnostics and effective care).
  • There is a space offered for an elective course:
    a) Forensic Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents
    b) Interventions in Diverse Contexts
    c) Elective course at another study programme, such as Educational Sciences or a university abroad.
  • The Academic Professional module will deal with issues such as scientific and professional integrity, ethics, working in multi-disciplinary teams, job market orientation, and life-long learning.
I did my internship at Orthopedagogen Psychologen Praktijk Utrecht, where I diagnosed children ages 6 to 18 with all sorts of problems, and gave recommendations for treatment.


During the internship you will familiarise yourself with the developmental psychology profession, train your skills and apply your knowledge in practice. You’ll need to apply for these internships yourself, and start looking for a suitable internship in time. Approval of the Internship Coordinator is required. A suitable internship can be in a practical or research/policy setting in the Netherlands or in your home country (for international students), as well as in approved other international settings.

Clinical internships in an institution with Dutch speaking clients, are only available if you have an adequate proficiency in Dutch. Most of these clinical internships will focus on diagnostics, conversational techniques and observation. If you do not qualify for a clinical internship, you will take an extra course from our programme.

The Master’s programme is structured in such a way that you are advised to begin your internship immediately in September. Internships abroad should be scheduled in the second semester, after the coursework has been completed. It is vital that you start looking for an internship position in time; preferably as early as January or February before the start of the programme.

It becomes progressively more difficult to find an internship position if you start applying later in the year (after March). In our “internship database” we have listed a number of institutions that offer clinical internships. After you have applied for the Master's programme, you can email our Internship Coordinator about the internship application procedures and request for access to this database.

Examples of internship organisations:

  • Medical institutions: child- and youth psychiatry (outpatient and residential clinics), medical psychology departments in general hospitals, and rehabilitation centres.
  • Municipal mental health offices: Youth Care Office, medical day care institutions, mental health institutions, or private practices.
  • Care for the disabled: child care centres and residential institutions for the mentally impaired, institutions for children and young people with auditive or visual disabilities.
  • Legal institutions: Child Protective Services, parole offices and penitentiaries.
  • Education: school advisory and supervisory services, special education, secondary education.

What do graduates have to say about their internships?

“I gained a lot of satisfaction from my internship at a private practice. I especially liked teaching social skills training programmes, because for 10 weeks I was intensively involved with the children, and I was able to watch their progress. When the parents also said that their children were doing much better, that gave me such a feeling of satisfaction.”

“I did my internship at a school for special primary education, where I conducted parent interviews, treated children and performed psychodiagnostics. I was also a member of a team in which I contributed to consultations and to meetings of the supervisory committee. I was able to practice my treatment and intervention skills during individual treatments for several different students.”

“As an intern at a municipal mental health institution, I had the opportunity to conduct psychodiagnostic tests (intelligence tests, projective techniques, personality- and problem-oriented questionnaires) with children, and to earn my Basic Psychodiagnostics Register certification.”

“When I heard that I could do an internship at a University Medical Centre I was really enthusiastic, because I thought it would be fantastic to do Child- and Youth Psychiatry in a hospital setting. I was able to observe various age groups and pathologies, which gave me a solid foundation for my future job as a psychologist in child- and youth services.”

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During your internship research, you will use the theoretical knowledge, and data analytical and research methodological skills acquired during your Bachelor’s studies. These will be important during the internship as well, for example when developing and evaluating intervention methods.

Examples of research topics

  • How do cultural orientations shape children’s social development?
  • Does Virtual Reality provide a promising means for the treatment of aggressive children?
  • The power and perils of parental praise.
  • The determinants and development of children’s internalizing problems.
  • Having children: an emotional issue, or a rational choice?
  • Immigrant children: the problems they may face, and the resilience they may show.
  • Peer influence and youth delinquency.
  • Parental factors that may influence children’s problem behavior.

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