Master in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology (Research)

In a small scale teaching setting, students at the Research Master’s in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology will learn about the etiology, the development and course of psychopathology and cutting-edge psychologically informed methods for its prevention and treatment. The best researchers in this field will present high-quality teaching on the newest insights on the relation between mental health, biological endowments and environmental resources, the neuropsychological substrate and human relationships, and adaptive and maladaptive developmental pathways.

The program in a nutshell

The Departments of Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Special Education of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offer talented and motivated students a challenging educational program; a unique, two-year Research Master in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology.

Features of the curriculum include:

  • Teaching in small classes and individual meetings
  • Expert courses and workshops by leading researchers and clinicians
  • Extensive academic skills training
  • Advanced research training
  • High-quality research and study facilities

Career prospects

After completing their Research Master’s Degree in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology, graduates will be in an excellent position to undertake Ph.D. studies, addressing questions on epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis, course, treatment, and outcome of psychopathology, as well as mental health service planning and evaluation. In addition, they may be involved in translational research conducted in the field of practice or in applied research centers. Graduates from the Research Master’s program are likely to be employed as researchers in positions at universities and research institutes, but especially in research positions bridging the gap between universities and mental health services.

Admission Requirements

  • An academic bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Education. Also eligible to apply are applicants in the final year of their academic bachelor’s program, provided that the degree will be conferred prior to the start of the Research Master’s program in September. These applicants have to provide a provisional record of courses and grades, signed by the university’s student administrator.
  • Students with a related academic bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) may also apply. The Admissions Committee will determine if the student has deficiencies that need to be amended before or during the program.
  • Having completed an introductory level course in clinical diagnosis and assessment of mental health problems and risks. This requirement may be waived if the applicant agrees to complete a deficiency course in this area.
  • Good grades: Your average grade for your academic bachelor's is 7.5 or higher (or international equivalent, e.g. a B or a GPA of 3.3), with an 8 (B+) or higher for your final thesis.
  • Proficiency in English. Please take a close look at the language proficiency requirements.
  • A written motivation explaining one’s application for the Master’s Degree in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology.
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professor of the university at which the applicant has undertaken the primary degree, whose credentials can be checked via the Internet.
  • A personal interview may be part of the application procedure if the committee judges it necessary.
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Last updated October 26, 2018
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