Medical Psychology offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES) is an academic field which is enjoying a new found appreciation in health sciences, one that takes a closer look into the interaction between psychological factors and health.
For instance, how do physical complaints affect our psychological functioning? And also: why does our psychological make-up sometimes make us vulnerable to diseases, or prevent us from getting better?
Why study this
Students will constantly be confronted with thought-provoking research. Apart from studying these kinds of questions, medical psychologists also study doctor-patient communication and decision-making, and develop and evaluate psychological interventions for somatic complaints such as pain and fatigue. This allows for a more enriched understanding of these topics.
Students acquire the following competencies:
- Ability to formulate a clinical or public health problem and translate it into a scientific question;
- Ability to perform an extensive study of the literature concerning a problem;
- Ability to translate a scientific question into a research protocol;
- Acquisition of quantitative skills;
- Ability to make causal inferences;
- Ability to critically appraise published research;
- Ability to conduct the research, collect and analyse data, and draw conclusions;
- Ability to write a Master’s thesis, including the objective(s) of the investigation, a summary of the literature, materials, methods, results, discussion and conclusions of the research project and to present these findings at scientific meetings. Publication of the research findings in an international peer-reviewed journal is encouraged.
The degree prepares you for a career in international medical research or for executive or advisory positions in clinical medicine, public health, pharmaceutical research, or health policy.
More informationVisit official programme website
Programme StructureCourses include:
- First semester - methodological, statistical and programme specific courses.
- Second semester - individual research project and advanced elective courses.
- Research - Your individual research project will be supervised by leading professors and senior researchers, with the objective of delivering a high quality scientific research paper.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed, International
- Deadline passed, EEA/EU
DisciplinesPsychology Public Health Health Sciences View 87 other Masters in Health Sciences in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
You should fit each of the following criteria:
- You have a relevant Master’s degree from a discipline in or related to clinical medicine or public health (medical doctor, health sciences, nutrition, biology, pharmacy, environmental sciences, social sciences, economics, psychology, etc.)
- You have some relevant research experience and you already (co-)authored a few scientific publications.
- You have a good working command of the English language, both oral and written.
International14700 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 14700 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA14700 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 14700 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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