Clinical Psychology

Study programme

The curriculum of the master 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 track 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 trainings 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 trainings you have followed and the grades you have obtained.

Please click on one of the courses in the programme overview below to see the course descriptions.

The curricula are subject to alteration. No rights may be derived from this information (including the information via the links).

  • Block 1

    Block 2

    Block 3

    • 5 ECTS

      In this course you will study severe mental illnesses such as psychotic spectrum disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and their comorbid conditions. In an urban context, severe mental problems not only go hand in hand with other unfavourable psychological conditions such as violence, substance use and dissociation but also require a different approach when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. People with chronic psychotic symptoms, whether or not in combination with several social problems such as homelessness and forensic problems, often require a more multidisciplinary approach in which not only their symptoms are treated but a case management approach with assertive outreach elements is needed.

      In this course you will learn the etiological aspects of severe mental illnesses on psychological level (“which psychological variables are involved”?), biological level (“what goes wrong in the brain”?) and societal level (“what is the role of urban context”?). You will learn to identify severe mental illnesses and learn to take a critical position regarding DSM-driven diagnosis and learn alternative diagnostical systems such as RDOC or holistic person-driven approaches. Information from previous courses will be integrated in this course and you will learn that severe mental illnesses are almost always combined with other disorders and/or severe social problems. You will learn appropriate treatment approaches for these problems (care vs. cure) and learn about the legal and ethical constrains of these treatments.

    Block 4

    Block 5-8

  • Block 1

    Block 2

    Block 3

    • 5 ECTS

      In this course you will study severe mental illnesses such as psychotic spectrum disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and their comorbid conditions. In an urban context, severe mental problems not only go hand in hand with other unfavourable psychological conditions such as violence, substance use and dissociation but also require a different approach when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. People with chronic psychotic symptoms, whether or not in combination with several social problems such as homelessness and forensic problems, often require a more multidisciplinary approach in which not only their symptoms are treated but a case management approach with assertive outreach elements is needed.

      In this course you will learn the etiological aspects of severe mental illnesses on psychological level (“which psychological variables are involved”?), biological level (“what goes wrong in the brain”?) and societal level (“what is the role of urban context”?). You will learn to identify severe mental illnesses and learn to take a critical position regarding DSM-driven diagnosis and learn alternative diagnostical systems such as RDOC or holistic person-driven approaches. Information from previous courses will be integrated in this course and you will learn that severe mental illnesses are almost always combined with other disorders and/or severe social problems. You will learn appropriate treatment approaches for these problems (care vs. cure) and learn about the legal and ethical constrains of these treatments.

    Block 4

    Block 5-8