Past victimization, previous offending, psychopathology, aggression, being male: Which of these variables might be the best predictor of future violent (re)offending?

And which variables might increase the chance of (re)victimization? How can interventions help to prevent crime? How can victims of violence and crime overcome their victimization?

If you are intrigued by questions about the psychology of violence and crime, and you are not satisfied with easy answers, consider entering the Master's degree program 'Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology'. In this program, we aim to understand acts of violence and crime from both the victims' and the offenders' perspective.

You will gain theoretical insight into the correlates of violence and crime and their consequences. Moreover, you will acquire practical skills to enable you to assess and intervene in both offender and victim contexts. Our unique integrative approach aims to highlight the many psychological nuances between the black-and-white of the victim and offender dichotomy.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • This is the only international program that:
  • Combines clinical forensic psychology and victimology;
  • Integrates offender and victim perspectives;
  • Prepares you for research and practice with offenders and victims of violence and crime.

Program

Year 1

To meet the requirements for the Clinical Forensic Psychology & Victimology master track, you will complete two basic courses, one clinical forensic skills course, one methods course, and two electives to tailor your education. Furthermore, you will complete a master's thesis, consisting of a research project, or a research project and a clinical internship.

The Master's thesis has several varieties but always encompasses half of the master (30 EC). You may want to devote your master's thesis in its entirety to research into a clinically relevant problem.

Courses

  • Crime and Psychological Vulnerability - Foundation course (5 EC)
  • Repeated Measures - Methods course (5 EC, optional)
  • Capita Selecta Experimental approaches in Clinical Psychology and Victimology - Elective-literature study (5 EC, optional)
  • Capita Selecta Interventions in Clinical Forensic Psychology & Victimology - Elective-literature study (5 EC, optional)
  • Capita Selecta ​Risk assessment and threat analysis - Elective-literature study (5 EC, optional)
  • Master's thesis (30 EC research project, or a 30 EC combination of research and internship) (30 EC)
  • Clinical Forensic skills - Skills course (5 EC)
  • Crime and Psychological Assessment and Intervention - Foundation course (5 EC)
  • Test construction - Methods course (5 EC, optional)

Study abroad

Study abroad is optional.

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test

Bachelor students meet language requirements. For English-taught tracks, students with an HBO Toegepaste Psychologie need to provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests.

Previous education

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well as advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks, it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria.

Please note: For the enrollment for the September 2021 start of the Master's program, it is very likely that we will have to impose a capacity limitation on the number of students that can enter our program. The rules for the ensuing selection will be announced in the first half of 2020.

Other admission requirements

To ensure the quality of our education, there will be capacity constraints of 30 students for the Master Track 'Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology'. Students interested in the Clinical Forensic Psychology & Victimology track need to enroll in Studielink before 1 May in order to participate in the selection process (which will take place later on in May).

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test

Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests.

Previous education

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well as advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks, it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria.

Please note: For the enrollment for the September 2021 start of the Master's program, it is very likely that we will have to impose a capacity limitation on the number of students that can enter our program. The rules for the ensuing selection will be announced in the first half of 2020.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

non-EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 14650 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

The program gives you the knowledge and skills to obtain a position in the field of (forensic) mental health care, penitentiary institutions, victim support services, offender-victim mediation, educational settings, social work, crime prevention.

Job examples

Psychologist in very different settings, for example:

  • (Forensic) mental health care,
  • Penitentiary institutions,
  • Victim support services, offender-victim mediation,
  • Educational settings,
  • Social work,
  • Crime prevention.

Research

Teaching in this Master program is inspired by the contributors' research projects on a wide variety of psychological phenomena and processes that are central in the field of clinical forensic psychology and Victimology, such as

  • The risk for re-offending;
  • Complicated grief and victim support;
  • Memory and trauma;
  • Trauma and dissociation, deception and malingering, sexual interest and sexual deviance;
  • Addictions, aggression, revenge, and forgiveness.

We collaborate with Mental Health Institutions such as the in- and outpatient clinic GGZ-Drenthe (e.g., psychotic disorders section), the in- and outpatient facilities of Verslavingszorg Noord Nederland (e.g., addictions), FPC Dr S. van Mesdag in Groningen, Forensisch Psychiatrische Kliniek in Assen, AFPN in Leeuwarden (e.g., forensic psychiatric care), and Fier Fryslan (e.g., trauma). Professionals from these institutions also teach in the Master, and share their knowledge and experience on, for instance, risk assessment in violent offenders (Dr. Marinus Spreen, FPC Dr. S. van Mesdag, Stenden University), motivating change (Dr. Eric Blaauw, VNN, Hanzehogeschool Groningen).

Teaching staff

Judith K. Daniels, Associate Professor

  • Expertise: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociation, neuroimaging, trauma therapy
  • Teaching in the Master: Masterthesis research supervision; Crime & Psychological vulnerability, Theme Cycles of violence; Crime & Psychological assessment and intervention, Theme Risk of (re-)victimization; Clinical forensic skills, Theme: Risk of (re-)victimization
  • Judith’s research focusses on the long-term consequences of childhood trauma. She combines neurobiological methods such as neuroimaging (fMRI) with behavioral and self-report methods. She is also trained in trauma therapy and passes on her clinical knowledge in the Master’s practical [link here pointing to PSMFV-1). One of her research interests, therefore, is also how therapists cope with listening to their patients' trauma narratives and if they experience 'secondary traumatization'.

Rafaele J.C. Huntjens, Associate Professor

  • Expertise: dissociative disorders, trauma, memory
  • Teaching in the Master: Crime & Psychological assessment and intervention, Theme Deception and Malingering; Capita Selecta Experimental Psychopathology: Dissociative amnesia; Masterthesis research supervision.
  • The main focus in Rafaele’s work is on cognitive and behavioral processes in trauma-related disorders (dissociative disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder), with a special emphasis on memory processes.

Marieke Pijnenborg, Professor

  • Expertise: psychosis, social cognition, (self) stigma
  • Teaching in the Master: Crime & Psychological vulnerability, Theme Psychosis and violence; Crime & Psychological assessment and intervention, Theme Interventions that work with victims and offenders; Clinical forensic skills, Theme Interventions: CBT, EMDR; Master thesis research supervision
  • Main themes in Marieke’s research are the role of meta-cognition in psychosis, stigma, and psychosocial interventions for people with psychotic disorders.

Ineke Wessel, Associate professor

  • Expertise: emotional memory, recovered memories, eyewitnesses, psychology, and law
  • Teaching in the master: Crime & Psychological vulnerability, Theme eyewitness memory; Crime & Psychological assessment and interventions, Theme effects of therapy on memory; Master thesis research supervision
  • Ineke’s research focuses on the reconstructive nature of memory, including emotional memory. Interests include the question of how therapeutic interventions or interactions with co-witnesses might influence memory consistency.
Program taught in:
  • English

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