Care, treatment and support
During this one-year Master’s programme, you will learn all about the psychological care, treatment and support of children and young people. We will also address how policies and institutions can contribute to child development.
As a child and youth psychologist, you will study:
- systematic changes over the course of a child’s life;
- the developmental processes that underlie and account for these changes;
- the social context of developmental changes.
You will also learn knowledge and skills for assessing (diagnostics), treating (intervention), and preventing problematic youth development.
In addition to these topics, you will also learn about relevant societal issues, such as:
- bullying and its prevention
- juvenile criminal behaviour
- social cognitive development (Prof. Sander Thomaes)
- social and personality development (Prof. Marcel van Aken)
- biological developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology (Prof. Chantal Kemner)
Researchers from these programmes teach courses and supervise the students’ theses. Students also have the opportunity to take part in their research projects as research assistants.
Learn to look beyond the limits of psychology
In order to prevent and alleviate psycho-social problems in children and young people, a variety of perspectives are needed: pedagogical, medical, educational and sometimes legal.
Students in this Master's programme will therefore learn to consider these ‘non-psychological’ factors as well. You can also enrol in elective courses in other fields of study.
If you do a clinical internship, you may work as part of a multi-disciplinary team together with child psychiatrists, social-psychiatric caregivers, social workers and internal mentors.
Once you have completed the Master’s programme, you will be able to work in the professional field at an academic level. This may include supervising and treating children and young people, but may also include developing policy.
Alternatively, you could choose to continue your studies and earn a registration.
Potential careers include:
- clinical child- and adolescent psychologist
- policy consultant
Potential employers include:
- municipal mental health or youth care institutions
- educational institution or school supervision service
- municipal or provincial organisations
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
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- Effective Mental Health Intervention for Youth
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth
- Academic Professional Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
- Master's Thesis Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
- Internship Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
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- 12 months
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- An academic Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Our International Students Admission’s office will verify whether a non-Dutch academic degree is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch research university. All international Bachelor’s degrees are evaluated based on standards set by the NUFFIC. If your degree is assessed as less than equivalent to a 3-year Dutch research University degree, or as a bachelor from a university of applied sciences, you are most likely not eligible for admission.
- Specific academic knowledge and skills required to participate in this programme. You can find these requirements in this document. In order to meet these requirements your Bachelor’s degree has to be in Psychology, or at least a major in Psychology, with an individual course programme in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology or Developmental psychology.
- Sufficient command of the English Language
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International17280 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17280 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.
Living costs for Utrecht
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.