Master in Clinical Psychology

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Program Description

Master in Clinical Psychology

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Study programme

This specialisation focuses on psychopathology within adults, with the scientific approach as a central element.

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The curriculum of the Master’s programme Clinical Psychology consists of a series of course periods. In the first half, every course period covers one so-called ‘block’ and one practical training. Every block covers a specific psychological theme. All the activities that you will undertake during this period, i.e. lectures, tutorials, and assignments, are related to this theme. In addition, every course period includes a practical skills training.

For the practical skills training, the Master’s programme Clinical Psychology offers two different tracks: the ‘Research training track’ and the ‘Clinical training track’. You will have to choose one of them. NB: two is not an option. Please list your preference when you apply. The admission criteria do not differ for both tracks.

If you are interested in working in mental healthcare after your studies, we advise you to choose the ‘Clinical training track’.

If you envision a different career path, you could choose the ‘Research training track’. In case you are interested in pursuing a PhD position this path is a suitable option.

Similarities & differences

Block 1-4 are the same for both tracks, just like practical 4. During the second part of the academic year, you will carry out scientific research in the field of clinical psychology (mandatory).

Practical training 1-3 are related to either the research training track or the clinical training track. If you have chosen the clinical skills training, you have the option to do a practical internship during the second part of the academic year.

The track you have chosen will not be registered as such on your degree. After successfully concluding the programme, you will obtain a Master of Science degree in Psychology, specialisation: Clinical Psychology. The degree includes a list of the specific blocks and practical training you have followed and the grades you have obtained.

The curricula are subject to alteration. No rights may be derived from this information.

Research training track

Block 1

  • Addiction
  • Practical Neuroimaging

Block 2

  • Personality Disorders
  • Practical Electrophysiology

Block 3

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Practical Programming Experiments

Block 4

  • Applied Multivariate Data Analysis
  • Practical Applied Multivariate Data Analysis

Block 5-8

  • Research Proposal and Thesis (block 5 – block 8)

Clinical training track

Block 1

  • Addiction
  • Practical Couples Therapy and Sexuality

Block 2

  • Personality Disorders
  • Practical Cognitive behavioural therapy: Assessment

Block 3

  • Forensic Psychology
  • CBT 2 Therapy techniques

Block 4

  • Applied Multivariate Data Analysis
  • Practical Applied Multivariate Data Analysis

Block 5-8

  • Practical Internship (optional), Research Proposal and Thesis

Why study Master Clinical Psychology

Why study this Master’s programme?

  • This is an intensive programme with an emphasis on applied psychology based on scientific evidence.
  • It is oriented toward problem-solving, and you work in small groups to solve clinical psychological issues (i.e., problem-based learning approach).
  • The programme offers a strong emphasis and first-rate preparation for a career in the mental health field, (higher) education, or (scientific) research.
  • The programme is taught in English.

"An important question in my work is how insights from research can be applied in daily clinical practice, and how this knowledge can help us – both society and patients– to understand, prevent and treat psychopathological problems."

Prof. Dr Ingmar Franken

Coordinator of the programme

What is this specialisation about?

This specialisation focuses on adult psychopathology. This field within psychology is studied from a scientific point of view. In this Master’s programme, we examine in particular the more complex varieties of psychopathology within an urban context. As we are located in the vibrant city of Rotterdam, this urban environment is often our field laboratory for our research and findings. In this urban context, complex psychopathological problems, like crime-related issues, personality disorders and addictions often occur.

Within each (theoretical) course of this Master’s programme, we will discuss the methods of research that are used within the clinical scientific field to study abnormal behaviour, its aetiology and treatments. This theoretical and methodological knowledge will be discussed in a unique active learning environment in small groups of 12 students (the Problem-Based Learning method). In addition, a track of practical skills training is part of the programme. There are two options within this practical skills training (please note that you can only choose one):

1: Practical research skills training. You will learn to tackle questions regarding brain functioning and cognitive-emotional processes. In these practical groups, there will be lab assignments and research projects, and you will work together with students from the high-quality Master’s track “Brain & Cognition”.

2: Clinical skills training. You will learn basic therapeutic skills in the domains of couple therapy and behavioural- cognitive assessment and treatment techniques.

NB: We cannot guarantee the clinical skills training track to be sufficient to apply for post-academic programs for registered clinicians in the Netherlands or your country of origin.

Why study in Rotterdam?

Welcome to the highly-ranked Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), a research university located in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The university was founded in 1913. Currently, it is one of the biggest universities in the Netherlands. The dynamic city of Rotterdam often serves as our laboratory.

Erasmus University Rotterdam. Make it happen.

Career opportunities for Master Clinical Psychology

If you have followed the research track, the specialisation in Clinical Psychology prepares you for a career as a policy researcher or advisor at institutions conducting research on addictions, like the Trimbos institutelOpens external, NIVELOpens external. Moreover, you are able to work in the forensic field or at governmental institutions. Furthermore, some graduates work as a policy advisor for mental health care institutions or health insurance companies. Those interested in pursuing a PhD position will find this master track a suitable option as well.

If you have followed the clinical track, the specialisation in Clinical Psychology prepares you for a career as a junior psychologist in the field of mental health care. Some graduates find a job as a policy researcher or advisor at mental health care institutions, others work in higher education institutions.

Factsheet summary

  • Official CROHO name: Psychology
  • Programme name: Clinical Psychology
  • Instruction language: English
  • Type: Master
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Location: Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam
  • Tuition fees (2019-2020):
    • €2.083 (Statutory fee)
    • €11.900 (Institutional fee: EEA/EU students)
    • €14.900 (Institutional fee: NON-EEA/EU students)
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Last updated December 9, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
Price
11,900 EUR
(Institutional fee: EEA/EU students); €14.900 (Institutional fee: NON-EEA/EU students); €2.083 (Statutory fee)
Information
Deadline
June 1, 2019
(EEA); 15 May (Non-EEA)
Locations
Netherlands - Rotterdam, South Holland
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline June 1, 2019
(EEA); 15 May (Non-EEA)
End date Request Info
Dates
Sept. 2019
Netherlands - Rotterdam, South Holland
Application deadline June 1, 2019
(EEA); 15 May (Non-EEA)
End date Request Info