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Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology - Research

24 months
12840 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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Looking for in-depth insights into the developmental origins of mental health and clinical presentation of disorders? Then the Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology - Research programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam may be the programme for you!


The Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology - Research programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam gives you the opportunity to work on theoretical and practical problems, through varied learning activities and settings. In a small-scale teaching environment, you’ll learn about the etiology, development and course of psychopathology, as well as cutting-edge psychologically informed methods for its prevention and treatment.

This challenging programme, for talented and motivated students, offers an extensive study of the origins of mental health. 

The best researchers in the field present high-quality teaching on the latest insights into the relationships between mental health, biological endowments and environmental resources, the neuropsychological substrate and human relationships, and adaptive and maladaptive developmental pathways.

Pursue an academic career or start working

As a graduate from the Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology programme, you’re highly likely to find work as a researcher in positions at universities and research institutes, but especially in roles that bridge the gap between universities and mental health services.

After completing your degree, you’ll be in an excellent position to get to work on your PhD, addressing questions on epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis, courses, treatments and outcomes of psychopathology, as well as mental health service planning and evaluation. You might also be involved in translational research conducted in the field or in applied research centres. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Epidemiological Research in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology
  • Psychopathology
  • Theory of Therapeutic and Preventive Intervention
  • Randomized Controlled Trials of Psychological Interventions
  • Scientific Writing and Presenting (CDP)
  • Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses of Psychological Interventions
  • Research Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or Education
  • Related academic bachelor’s degree (approved by the admissions committee)
  • Completed introductory level course in clinical diagnosis and assessment of mental health problems and risks
  • GPA of 7.5 (e.g. B) or higher, with an 8 (A-) or higher for your final thesis
  • A satisfactory result in the entrance assignment (see below)
  • Proven proficiency in English, see language proficiency requirements
  • A written motivational letter, explaining the choice for this Research Master
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professor of the university at which the applicant has undertaken the primary degree
  • A personal interview may be part of the application procedure if the committee judges it necessary
  • Methods and statistics are an essential part of our programme. A quick test will give you an insight in what skills and knowledge are required to successfully take part in our programme
  • Tuition Fee

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    • International

      12840 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 12840 EUR per year during 24 months.
    • EU/EEA

      2209 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

    Living costs for Amsterdam

    1000 - 1500 EUR /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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