How can mental health problems such as anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and grieving problems best be studied and treated? How can we prevent them from occurring, improve treatment results and prevent relapse? You will address these and similar kinds of questions in the Master’s program in Clinical Psychology. You will acquire and develop fundamental knowledge of and skills in evidence-based psychotherapies and become familiar with prevailing research methods in the field of clinical psychology.
Driven by research and clinical experience
The lecturers from this Master’s program work in clinical practice and/or do state-of-the-art theoretical or applied research at Utrecht University. This integration of science and practice forms the basis of the teaching approach in this program.
Learn to work in a multidisciplinary way
Clinical psychology is always interacting with other disciplines due to the context in which behavioral and health problems arise. Examples are medicine, biology, neurology, pharmacology, economics, sociology, and social psychology. This will, therefore, be a considerable focus of attention. Some lectures will also be taught by (guest) lecturers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. And finally, you will often work in a multi-disciplinary context during your internship as well. This means that clinical internships need to be done in native language organizations, which for international students often necessitates doing the internship elsewhere. For them, it is strongly suggested to try to acquire an internship position immediately after application.
The Clinical Psychology Master’s program will mainly be taught in English. Some skills-oriented tutorials will be taught in English and Dutch. Our program’s content and context have a strong international character and you will have plenty of opportunity for international orientation (thesis, internship, symposiums). On top of that, our student population is a true mix of people from different countries and cultures. This provides a strong basis for the international and diversity-oriented character of our program and our community.
The NIP´s basic certificate in psycho-diagnostics
The clinical Master’s degree offers Dutch-speaking students the opportunity to acquire the NIP’s basic certificate in psycho-diagnostics (BAPD). You can also apply for different postgraduate programs (Healthcare psychology; in Dutch: GZ-psycholoog) or pursue a Ph.D. position. For international students, formal accreditation needs to take place at an individual level by the national union of psychologists.
Objective of the program
This program will enable you to develop into an academic professional. You have broad knowledge of contemporary scientific theories and instruments as well as skills related to prevention, psychotherapeutic treatment and policy formation in the area of psychological aspects of health, illness and psychopathology. You are familiar with research methods in mental healthcare and can translate that knowledge to practice. You know what it’s like to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
After completing this Master’s program, you will fulfill the requirements to become a basic psychologist (Dutch Association of Psychologists (NIP)). This gives our Dutch students an excellent starting position in a junior level job. For our international students, the program prepares you either for a fine career in or outside academia. Your career prospects are partly determined by your specialisation and which country you want to pursue your career.