Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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How can intervention prevent burnout in medical students? Can mindfulness support patients in dealing with chronic disease? How can we predict obesity in young children?

Do you want to find the answers to these types of questions and are you interested in conducting research in the fields of epidemiology, public health, health psychology, or psychiatry with a strong focus on mental and physical health?

Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (CPE) is a selective two-year research master. The programme is unique in the sense that students are encouraged to focus on their individual development as a researcher. Therefore, classes are taught in small groups. Students can choose additional courses that suit their personal interests and moreover, research will be conducted side by side with scientists who are leading experts in their field.

Mental and physical health and the reciprocal relationship between these two form the basis of the programme. There is a strong focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental health conditions. The central idea is that psychological, biological and social aspects all play a role in any physical condition. Students conduct research in several populations, including children, adults and elderly, with or without a physical or mental condition.

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diplomaMSc Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (research)
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

  • CPE offers a unique focus on the relationship between physical and mental health in a clinical setting.
  • Students can design their own PhD research proposal during the second year of this research master.
  • After completing this two-year research master, there is a possibility of obtaining a fully funded PhD position.

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Masterweek Groningen
Van 19 t/m 23 maart 2018 organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen een mastervoorlichting op locatie. Aanmelden kan vanaf eind februari 2018.
Masterweek faculteit Gedrags- en Maatschappijwetenschappen Groningen
Presentaties en informatiemarkt.
Master's week faculty BSS (Behavioural and Social Sciences) Groningen
Presentations and information fair.


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Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology consists of both mandatory and elective courses.
Depending on your knowledge, you will learn about the basics of medicine or the basics in psychology and psychosocial factors. Apart from broadening your knowledge in the field of health and the determinants of health, you will explore the fields of Public Health, Health Psychology, Community and Occupational Medicine, and Psychiatric Epidemiology. Strong attention is given to epidemiological research methods and statistics. You will be able to choose additional courses to suit your particular interests. Your individual development as a researcher is central to the programme and therefore you will be conducting research side by side with scientists who are leading experts in their field. Moreover, CPE is situated in the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), which means that you can benefit from a unique and interesting clinical setting and a unique availability of large data cohorts.

During the second year you will write your master thesis, which can function as the basis of your own PhD proposal. High-ranking students will be offered a full scholarship to continue with a fully funded three-year PhD programme!

1e jaar The first year starts with solidifying your basis in psychology, medicine, and epidemiology. Strong attention is also given to epidemiological research methods and statistics.
Basics in medicine or Basics in psychology and psychosocial factors
Clinical Epidemiology
Research Tools
Psychosocial Epidemiology
2e jaar The second year mainly consists of the master thesis project: data collection, data analyses and writing of the thesis. During the Master Thesis Project students choose some elective courses based on their area of interest, background knowledge, and the topic of their project within the departments of Public Health, Health Psychology, Epidemiology, or Psychiatry.
Master Thesis project proposal
Writing a successful research proposal
Master Thesis Project
Elective Course
Coaching Groups
Seminar and Research Meeting


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet15% zelfstudie
35% theorie
50% praktijk
literature study, colloquium, oral presentation, internship, computer exercise, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, portfolio, group discussion, individual assignment, self study, project, seminar
instruction modes
Lectures, practical assignments, research, internship.
study guidance
Each student is assigned to a mentor who is responsible for the evaluation of the student's progress, abilities, and limitations. The mentor and student have at least one scheduled meeting every three months.
study abroad
An internship (abroad) is among the possibilities. Our international network stretches across Europe, and from Latin America to Asia!

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14350
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend
After you complete your application, the selection committee will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements. If so, students are required to submit a letter of motivation and one letter of recommendation from an academic. After evaluating these documents, the selection committee decides whether a student is invited for an interview.

For enrollment, please not that you have to apply for the programme via Studielink. Afterwards, please send an email to for further instructions about the application procedure.


Students who hold a VWO level high school diploma including English, meet the English language requirement

Bio(medical) sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences, Human Movement Sciences, Life Sciences, Biology

reference letter
Students need to submit one letter of recommendation by an academic or previous supervisor

inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


26 studenten volgen deze opleiding
69% daarvan is vrouw
4 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
25% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Rena Bakker, student
'I work on what matters to me'

At the time of this interview, 24-year old Rena Bakker is busy packing her suitcase for Ethiopia. As part of her thesis in the master's programme Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (CPE), she is going to collect data among midwifery students in order to evaluate their stance on disrespectful maternity care in the field. 'The fear of it being mistreated plays a huge role in the maternity mortality in Ethiopia.'Western Europe has one of the best medical health care systems in the world when it comes to safe and respectful treatment by medical staff...
‘In Ethiopia however,’ Rena Bakker explains, ‘only twenty to thirty percent of mothers-to-be visit a medical professional. Most women go into labour unsupervised, which causes huge risks for mother and child.’Abuse
Is a slap on the thigh encouraging when a woman does not push enough? Is shouting and yelling acceptable if a woman does not collaborate? Is it okay for a nurse to give a 16-year-old a reprimand for having an abortion? And what if it’s the second time for the girl? ‘There are seven major categories of disrespect and abuse that childbearing women encounter during maternity care, thus is the conclusion of research by Bowser and Hill performed in 2010. These categories are processed as scenarios in my questionnaire. I hope to get 400 midwifery students to participate. In particular, I am interested in assessing differences between male and female respondents. The results can be relevant for improving their education.’Reproductive health
Rena Bakker isn’t new to Ethiopia. During her bachelor studies in Psychology in Groningen, she ends up working there. ‘This internship sparked my enthusiasm for working in the field of developmental aid.’ After finishing her bachelor’s degree, Rena Bakker completes another internship in the healthcare branch of international development cooperation. Back in Groningen she enters the CPE-master’s programme, where her mentor introduces Rena to Jelle Stekelenburg, professor Obstetrics & Gynaecology with years of experience working in third world countries. ‘CPE enabled me to get in touch with these people. But you still have to be motivated to do a lot on your own,’ she says. ‘Most of the preparations for my research and corresponding travel and data collection aspects are done by myself. In my opinion it is a good thing that students are able to do hands-on research if they are motivated enough.’Groningen
How does she look back on her time in Groningen? ‘With all their different educational backgrounds, everyone in the master’s programme has their own speciality. We are all very motivated and ambitious. That creates a good environment and an easy way to make friends. Also, Groningen is an enjoyable city to live in, I keep on coming back to it.’

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Matheus Silva Gurgel do Amaral, student
'Winning the prizes was great, but sharing science is the most important'

In his master's thesis, Matheus Silva Gurgel do Amaral focusses on health literacy: the skill of handling health information by individuals, so they can make conscious decisions regarding their own health. 'It is very important to keep improving access to health information and think about the most effective ways to deliver it so people use this knowledge for their well-being,' Matheus explains. 'Obviously, patient-provider communication plays a big role in this...
'It is important to share science,' the student says. 'Topics that we research in Groningen can be of great importance to other countries and vice-versa. Talking about it leads to new perspectives and maybe even opportunities for further research by like-minded researchers.'Person-to-person
Before coming to Groningen, Matheus worked as a resident doctor in a hospital in Brazil. His understanding of the communication that takes place between a doctor and a patient is the perfect background for his current research. 'I paid a lot of attention to not talk to patients, but with them. It frustrates me when doctors remain distant from the people coming in for medical care. Health literacy is very patient oriented, and that fits me.'Data
Working as a researcher, however, was completely new to Matheus. In the first year of CPE, strong attention is given to statistics and research methods. A good preparation for what follows in year two of the programme. 'Most of my days are spent analyzing large data cohorts at the University Medical Center. Statistics, data, writing my thesis. It couldn't be more different from the work I used to do,' he says, smiling. 'But I love to learn and it is fundamental for a PhD track.'Reflecting
Matheus did his research on the study opportunities abroad before coming to Groningen. 'Dutch universities are known for being well organized and highly qualified. I did most of my preparations online on this website called Nuffic Neso, which also deals with cultural differences. From punctuality and buying your first bicycle to the Dutch rain alert Buienradar – yes, every detail has been covered.' There was only one thing he didn't expect to find. 'Work, social life and me time are well balanced in the Netherlands. In Brazil, I worked around 80 hours a week. When I tell that to my Dutch friends and coworkers, they look at me like I'm crazy. I love how the Dutch claim their free time and allow others to do so as well.'

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Manon Schallig, student
'Fascinating how the brain and mind work'

Dutch student Manon Schallig joined the research master Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (CPE) after completing the bachelor Human Movement Sciences. 'The subjects I liked best – psychology and medicine – form the base of CPE.'Also appealing to her: the fact that the programme is small-scale and top researchers share their knowledge on the reciprocal relationship between the psychological and physical health. ‘There are sixteen students of ten different nationalities in my year...
With success. Every student is motivated and involved.’Top research
The master track CPE trains students to become top researchers. Each one of them will explore the fields of Public Health, Health Psychology, Epidemiology, and Psychiatry. Within these four fields, Manon will have the choice to apply to divergent research projects. ‘In January the Principal Investigators will submit a list with projects to apply for. My aim is to participate in the research programme of Interdisciplinary Centre Psychopathology and Emotion regulation or the department of Psychiatry, where Clinical Neuropsychology is a topic as well.’Psychotic disorders
‘It fascinates me how a small dissimilarity in someone’s brain, can cause an emotional and psychological “malfunction” of some kind,’ Manon explains. ‘Psychotic disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorders are quite common. For healthy people it’s hard to imagine what this mental disorder means, because it is intangible.’Functions of the brain
The twenty-three-year-old student is also enrolled in a second master programme: Clinical Neuropsychology, which is focussed on the associations between the brain and neuropsychological functions like cognition, emotion and behaviour. ‘Dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease is a terrible disease but unfortunately also common. My upcoming internship and thesis will focus on the relationship between Alzheimer’s dementia and disease insight. To PhD or not to PhD
At the end of the master thesis project, Manon will have written a PhD-proposal, which could give her access to a PhD-position at any top institute. ‘I don’t know yet if that’s my future, there are plenty of CPE alumni that choose another path,’ she says. ‘Moreover, it’s somewhat of a misconception that you are only admitted for CPE when you are a straight A-student aiming to do a PhD. The commitment and motivation you show in the admittance interview and during the master track can outweigh your grades.’

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Your master thesis can function as the basis of your own PhD proposal. High-ranking students will be offered a full scholarship to continue with a three-year PhD programme at the UMCG!

If you do not wish to continue as a researcher, there are plenty of other opportunities. Alumni currently work as consultants for the World Health Organization (WHO), policy officers in the government, consultants for pharmaceutical or biotechnological companies or as university teachers.

For those students interested, you can choose to take courses to become a registered Epidemiologist A. You can find specific information about the epidemiologist training programme here.

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