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Psychology: Clinical Psychology


Clinical Psychology is “a field that is concerned with the application of psychological science to the assessment and treatment of mental disorders” (American Psychological Association, 1991). In clinical psychological research, factors that are causally involved in the occurrence, maintenance, and treatment of mental disorders are studied. In evidence-based clinical practice this knowledge is applied in the treatment of different forms of psychopathology in various settings.


The major aim of this specialisation is to provide students with a theoretical background and basic skills for clinical psychology research, assessment and interventions. This includes the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology. Students acquire advanced research skills by participating in a clinical psychology research project. Completion of the MSc degree will prepare the student for subsequent academic degrees, including a PhD. Read more on the Master’s Programme – Clinical Psychology.


The curriculum of 60 EC offers a variety of courses and a supervised master thesis. The specialisation consists of:

  • 4 mandatory courses (20 EC)

  • thesis (20 EC)

  • practical internship (10 EC) ánd 10 EC elective course(s) or a clinical practical internship (20 EC)


A mentor is assigned to all students doing a Clinical Master. Appointments with the mentor are mandatory. The mentor supervises the student and the progress of the study. The mentor is the person to contact if the student has questions about the study. He can also be approached for personal questions about study and profession.


On Thursday, January 26th, 2017 master’s students enrol for all courses at the Master’s introduction and course enrolment day. At this day the attendance of first year master’s students in Psychology is required if they start with a master’s programme.
Master’s course registration

First Year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory components

Basic Therapeutic Skills 5
Clinical Interviewing and Assessment 5
Cognitive Behaviour Interventions 5
Experimental Clinical Psychology 5
Master Thesis in MSc. Psychology 20

Choose one of the following options as an internship

Practical Internship Psychology 10
Internal Practical Internship 10
Research Internship Psychology (MSc) 10
Clinical Practical Internship Psychology 20

Recommended elective(s)

If you choose to do an internship of 10 EC, add 10 EC electives.
See: overview of all electives

e-Health Interventions in Mental Health Care 5
Trainers Course Communication Skills 10
Transdiagnostic Approach of Eating Disorders 5

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Additional information



Your thesis supervisor is your mentor.

Thesis coordinator

Dr. Anne van Giezen

Internship coordinator

Dr. Manja Koenders

Student representative

Find your student representative in the overview of programme committee members: Student representative