M.Res. On Campus

Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology - Research

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

24 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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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. 


All Master’s degree programmes of VU Amsterdam are accredited by NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie), the accreditation organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

  • In your first year, your courses will focus on the integration of clinical and developmental perspectives of psychopathology. You’ll gain a thorough theoretical understanding of the developmental origins of mental health and the clinical presentation of disorders.
  • In your second year, you’ll deepen your knowledge of mental health even further. The first two courses focus on clinical research skills and the application of research in applied and basic neuroscience. The neuroscientific approach to mental health focuses on the relationship between brain and behaviour.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.


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 (B+) or higher for your final thesis
  • A satisfactory result in the entrance assignment (see below)
  • Proven proficiency in English
  • 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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 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.


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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