MSc in Psychology: Clinical Neuropsychology

General

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Program Description

Neuropsychology: Cognition, emotion, and behavior as functions of the brain.

Clinical neuropsychology is a specialty discipline within psychology that is focused on the associations between the brain and neuropsychological functions, including cognition, emotion, and behavior. Clinical neuropsychology is particularly interested in the effects of brain disorders and other clinical conditions affecting the brain on these functions.

Disorders and conditions comprise acquired or congenital neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions in children, adolescents and adults, such as ADHD, autism, stroke, brain tumor, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, drug abuse, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, etc.

Clinical neuropsychologists can be involved in both the assessment and treatment of people with brain disorders in various applied and often clinical settings, but also in patient-related research. Methods used in the field of clinical neuropsychology are neuropsychological tests, neuroimaging, and electrophysiological techniques.

With the aging population, the number of people with neuropsychological disorders increases and with this also the demand for well trained clinical neuropsychologists.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • International approach
  • Expert tuition from professionals in the field
  • A sound basis for working in the clinical field
  • A sound basis for a Ph.D. trajectory

Program

Year 1

To complete the track successfully, you must pass the exams of two foundation courses, one skills course, one methodology course, and two elective courses. For your two electives, you can choose one of the other courses in the Clinical Neuropsychology track or one of the courses from the other master tracks of Psychology.

In addition, you have to complete a master thesis (30 EC). The master thesis can be completed in two ways: 30 EC master thesis research or 19 EC master thesis research and 11 EC clinical internship.

Courses

  • Building experiments and measuring performance (5 EC)
  • Neuropsychology and psychiatric disorders (5 EC)
  • Repeated measures (5 EC)
  • Keuzecursus / Elective course
  • Literatuurpakket /Literature review (5 EC)
  • Master these /Master's thesis Clinical Neuropsychology (30 EC)
  • Advanced experimental skills (5 EC)
  • Research methods in clinical neuropsychology (5 EC)
  • Capita Selecta Klinische Neuropsychologie/Capita Selecta (5 EC)
  • Advanced clinical neuropsychology (5 EC)
  • Neuropsychological assessment (5 EC)
  • Test construction (5 EC)
  • Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and Treatment (5 EC)

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

A BSc in Psychology.

Only students with an HBO (Dutch University of Applied Sciences) Applied Psychology degree can be admitted to the (pre-)master's program. Applications of students from other HBO programs will not be considered.

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: or 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 December 2019

01 May 2020

01 December 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

EU/EEA students

01 December 2019

01 May 2020

01 December 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

01 November 2019

01 April 2020

01 November 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

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

What is a neuropsychologist doing?

  • Working as a neuropsychologist in clinical practice (neuropsychological assessment and treatment of patients);
  • Research in clinical populations (Ph.D. trajectory);
  • Policymaker in science or clinical practice.

Job examples

Neuropsychologist

In general and academic hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, school support services, epilepsy centers, forensic hospitals, institutions for the mentally disabled, and psychiatric centers.

Researcher

In the field of clinical neuropsychology, e.g. research focused on neuropsychological impairments in patients with neurological or psychiatric conditions or studying the efficacy of neuropsychological treatment.

Policymaker in science or clinical practice

For example, positions as coordinator or large research projects, the manager in higher education, administration, in research institutes or pharmaceutical companies.

Last updated October 2019

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