Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology: research

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
Are you interested in different perspectives on psychopathology and ready to unravel trends in brain and behavior?

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
Do you want to gain an in-depth insight in the developmental origins of mental health and clinical presentation of disorders? Then the Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology Research Master may be the right Master's programme for you!

This Master's programme gives you the opportunity to work on theoretical and practical problems, through a diversity of learning activities and settings. In a small scale teaching setting, as a student at the Research Master's in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology you 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.
Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology

Waarom aan de Amsterdam VU?

  • Small scale teaching
  • You are assigned an individual mentor who provides you with personal guidance and supervision.
  • You will be able to work on research projects with a strong international focus.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet40% zelfstudie
30% theorie
30% praktijk
case study, literature study, colloquium, oral presentation, research, research project, traineeship, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment, self study, project, laboratory work
Graduates of this Research Master's will have gained state-of-the-art knowledge related to several domains contributing to the multi- and interdisciplinary field of psychopathology sciences. Ultimately, our research is aimed to further the development and innovation of preventive and treatment methods, in order to reduce the personal suffering of patients with mental disorders. This Master's gives you the opportunity to contribute as well.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 juli 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juli 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

The Admissions committee will evaluate your application, and in case of a positive decision, send you an official Admission letter. We will also inform the central student administration, and they will update your status in Studielink.

A personal interview may be part of the application procedure if the committee judges it necessary

Soon after we have received your request for admission you will be sent the selection assignment. This involves the study of an empirical scientific article and the discussion of research ideas related to it. You will have two weeks to complete the assignment and return it to us. The Admissions Committee will then evaluate your assignment, as well as the information you provided with your request of admission. You will be notified of the result in two weeks time, and we also notify the central student administration, so they can update your status in Studylink.

GPA of 7.5 (e.g. B) or higher, with an 8 (B+) or higher for your final thesis


Completed introductory level course in clinical diagnosis and assessment of mental health problems and risks

The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to a Master's programme at VU University Amsterdam are:

IELTS: 6.5 - please note that candidates must take the Academic test and not the General one!
TOEFL paper-based test: 580
TOEFL Internet-based test: 92-93
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C
Vu-test English-language proficiency: TOEFL ITP

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or Education / Related academic bachelor's degree (approved by the admissions committee)

reference letter
Two letters of recommendation from a professor of the university at which the applicant has undertaken the primary degree.

A written motivational letter, explaining the choice for this Research Master

inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale 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


30 studenten volgen deze opleiding
83% daarvan is vrouw
12 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
83% daarvan is vrouw
22864 studenten aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
58% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
47168studenten woonachtig   
€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Esti Royuela
"For me, this first year of the master has been a path to understand myself better and to find what I want to do in the future. Moreover, quality of studies at VU Amsterdam is really high. Professors are super qualified and experienced. I know this year in Amsterdam has produced so many changes in my life."
"I chose Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology as my master's programme for two reasons. Firstly, the curriculum helps me learn more about understanding the core features and symptoms of psychopathological disorders. Secondly, as mentioned in the programme description, this Research Master's indeed bridges the gap between research and practice, with a strong emphasize on doing research work. You have many opportunities to seek interesting research topics either in clinical or developmental psychology areas...
I look forward to my future study period here at VU Amsterdam."

lees verder ...
Arz Stephan
"I realize I made an excellent choice in my academic journey by joining the Research Master's in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology program at VU Amsterdam. It provided me with the opportunity to be trained by top researchers in the field. I did acquire a diversity of research skills, and learn to apply them under their supervision. It is a perfect combination of a broad theoretical tool box, an active and dynamic field work, and a solid research basis.

Hence, consumers of mental health services are seen as continuously developing human beings while always belonging to the society.

Also, this very international program has familiarized me with the international research networks in psychopathology. Both the teaching staff and the students form a melting pot of cultural diversity while sharing a common passion for research.
Finally, living in Amsterdam is an enriching opportunity. Culture and history are abundant in the city and reflect the happiness, as well as the dynamic and innovative spirit of the Dutch people."

lees verder ...

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology: research aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is beoordeeld door 14 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.6 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

After completing the Research Master's Degree in Clinical and Developmental Research,you will be in an excellent position to undertake PhD studies.You will also be able to be involved in translational research conducted in the field of practice or in applied research centers.Around 50% of our graduates 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.
Around 50% of our graduates 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. On average, the Vrije Universiteit offers two PhD positions to our RM students. In past years, overall around 40% of our students secured a PhD position. Others mostly went on to work in clinical practice, using their solid academic basis to improve treatment and care within the field of psychopathology.

Potentiële beroepen

arbeids- en organisatiepsycholoog
docent psychologie
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kinder- en jeugdpsycholoog
klinisch psycholoog
universitair (hoofd)docent arbeidswetenschappen
universitair (hoofd)docent psychologie
wetenschappelijk onderzoeker arbeidswetenschappen
wetenschappelijk onderzoeker psychologie
bron: UWV


Study Advisor

Information on study related issues as courses, study programme and study choice

Floris Korbee

International student advisor

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