Why do people keep on drinking too much alcohol even if they really want to quit? Why do some people hear voices that no one else can hear? What does disgust have to do with sex?

What is a panic attack? How effective is mindfulness for people who suffer from a major depressive disorder?

You will ask these and similar other questions during your master year Clinical Psychology. The program focuses on three important, inter-related topics:

  • Theory: a better understanding of psychopathology
  • Diagnosis: determining what is going on
  • Intervention: bringing about change

This master takes an evidence-based approach in that the course material covering these three areas is based on findings from (experimental) empirical research. You will learn how to apply scientific findings to clinical practice, and in turn, how experiences in the clinic can be translated to testable research questions.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Expert tuition from professionals in the field;
  • Basic science embedded in clinical practice;
  • Strong emphasis on findings from (experimental) clinical research.

Program

Year 1

To meet requirements for this master track Clinical Psychology, you will complete 2 basic courses, 1 skills course, 2 electives, 1 method course, and a Master's thesis.

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. For this purpose, you may be involved in testing patients. Alternatively, you may engage in testing participants without actual psychopathology. Much of the theorizing in clinical psychology is based on experimental studies that aim at modeling clinically relevant phenomena in the psychological laboratory.

There is an option to include a practical internship in your Master's thesis requirement. In this case, you will engage in research (usually at the university) and clinical work (usually at a mental health institution) separately. For the clinical internship, you will arrange a place at a host institution in your country of choice, outside of the Netherlands.

Courses

  • Selected courses in other Psychology Master tracks
    • Evidence-based interventions (basic) (5 EC)
    • Multivariate models (method) (5 EC)
    • Repeated measures (method) (5 EC)
  • Diagnostics and interventions for clinical psychology (5 EC)
    • Diagnostic Models and Strategies (elective) (5 EC)
    • Master thesis (5 EC)
    • Cognitive Models in Psychopathology (basic) (5 EC)
    • Clinical interventions and e-health for adults and youth (skills) (5 EC)
    • Test construction (method) (5 EC)

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.

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

As a master's level clinical psychologist you have several options:

  • Clinical or professional practice, without advanced training:
    • Counselor, Coach
    • Psychological worker
    • Policymaking, management
    • Consultant, trainer
  • Clinical practice, with advanced training:
    • In The Netherlands (Dutch language programs only)
      • Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog (2-year program)
      • Klinisch Psycholoog (3 -year program on top of the gezondheidszorgpsycholoog training)
      • In Germany (German language programs only),
      • Licensure as
      • Psychologische/Psychotherapeut/in (3 year full-time or 5 year part-time)
      • to get paid by the statutory health insurance.
      • Heilpraktiker Psychotherapie (HPG, no extra requirements)
      • to be legally allowed to treat patients, but not eligible to get paid by the statutory health insurance.

Research

Topics that the research group focuses on:

  • Cognitive bias
  • The role of disgust in sex
  • Serotonin, social interaction, and depression
  • Cognitive processes in psychotic disorders
  • The treatment of complicated grief
  • Mindfulness, awe, and addiction
  • Trauma, memory, and dissociation
  • Eating disorders and body image
  • Treatment of anxiety disorders
  • Cross-cultural clinical psychology

The global mission of the expertise group Experimental Psychotherapy and Psychopathology is to help explain key features of psychopathology that are shared by many of the psychiatric disorders and to translate our findings into clinical applications.

There are collaborations with Mental Health Institutions (MHIs) such as the in- and outpatient clinic GGZ-Drenthe (for example, psychotic disorders section) and the University Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Accare (for example, anxiety and mood disorders section, eating disorders section). In addition, researchers in the group participate in large scales longitudinal studies such as the Netherlands Study on Depression & Anxiety and Tracking Adolescents' Individual Life Survey study.

Teaching staff

Dr. Judith K. Daniels

  • Expertise: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociation, neuro-imaging, trauma therapy
  • Courses: Master thesis research supervision, Clinical interventions and e-health for adults and youth
  • My research focusses on the long-term consequences of childhood trauma. I offer Master thesis supervision in this realm. I mostly study patients suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or Dissociative Disorders. To this end, I combine neuro-biological methods such as neuroimaging (fMRI) with behavioral and self-report methods. Also, I am trained in trauma therapy and pass on my clinical knowledge in the practices offered in the Master program [link here pointing to PSMKV-3). One of my research interests, therefore, is also how therapists cope with listening to their patients' trauma narratives and if they experience 'secondary traumatization'.

Prof. dr. Peter J. de Jong

  • Expertise: Cognitive & implicit cognition across disorders (anxiety, anorexia nervosa, depression); Disgust and sexual dysfunctions; Blushing and social phobia

Dr. Rafaële J.C. Huntjens

  • Expertise: dissociative disorders, trauma, memory
  • Courses: Cognitive Models in Psychopathology, Theme Dissociative; Capita Selecta Experimental Psychopathology: Dissociative disorder and Master thesis research supervision.
  • The main focus of my research is on cognitive and behavioral processes in trauma-related disorders (dissociative disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder), with a special emphasis on memory processes.

Dr. Miriam J.J. Lommen

  • Expertise: trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, fear conditioning, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Courses: Capita Selecta therapy: treatment protocols; Cognitive Models in Psychopathology, Theme Compulsive behavior, Master thesis research supervision.
  • The combination of my research into anxiety and trauma-related disorders and its treatment, and my background as a cognitive-behavioral therapist make a perfect match to teach students about psychopathology, including the experimental and clinical research in this area as well as phenomenology and treatment in clinical practice.

Prof. Dr. Marieke Pijnenborg

  • Expertise: psychotic disorders, social cognition, disorders in cognitive functioning.
  • Courses: Evidence-based Interventions, Theme Psychosis, Capita Selecta Diagnostic Models and Strategies, Master thesis research supervision.
  • My research: Cognition in psychotic disorders. I am involved in various studies into innovative treatment methods, such as training social cognition with Virtual Reality and increasing the resilience of people with a psychotic disorder by means of kick-boxing.
Program taught in:
  • English

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