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Clinical Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology: Cognition, emotion and behaviour as functions of the brain.

Clinical neuropsychology is a specialty discipline within psychology which is focused on the associations between the brain and neuropsychological functions, including cognition, emotion and behaviour. Clinical neuropsychology is particularly interested in the effects of brain disorders and other clinical conditions affecting the brain on these functions.

Disorders and conditions comprise acquired or congenital neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions in children, adolescents and adults, such as ADHD, autism, stroke, brain tumor, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, drug abuse, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, etc.

Clinical neuropsychologists can be involved in both the assessment and treatment of people with brain disorders in various applied and often clinical settings, but also in patient-related research. Methods used in the field of clinical neuropsychology are neuropsychological tests, neuroimaging, and electrophysiological techniques.

With the ageing population, the number of people with neuropsychological disorders increases and with this also the demand for well trained clinical neuropsychologists.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Psychology
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60260
Language of instruction
Dutch, English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Behavioural and Social Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • international approach
  • expert tuition from professionals in the field
  • a sound basis for working in the clinical field
  • a sound basis for a PhD trajectory
Programme

To complete the track successfully, you must pass the exams of two foundation courses, one skills course, one methodology course and two elective courses. For your two electives, you can choose one of the other courses in the Clinical Neuropsychology track or one of the courses from the other master tracks of Psychology.

In addition, you have to complete a master thesis (30 EC). The master thesis can be completed in two ways: 30 EC master thesis research or 19 EC master thesis research and 11 EC clinical internship.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Building experiments and measuring performance (5 EC)
Neuropsychology and psychiatric disorders (5 EC)
Repeated measures (5 EC)
Keuzecursus / Elective course

Alle andere KN-vakken, of vakken uit andere RUG-Psychologiemasters /Any other Clinical Neuropsychology course or other psychology master course

Literatuurpakket /Literature review (5 EC)
Masterthese /Master's thesis Clinical Neuropsychology (30 EC)

NL: 30 EC Masterthese of 19 EC Klinische Praktijkstage & 11 EC Masterthese; EN: 30 EC master thesis or 19 EC master thesis & 11 EC clinical internship

Advanced experimental skills (5 EC)
Research methods in clinical neuropsychology (5 EC)
Capita selecta Klinische Neuropsychologie/Capita Selecta (5 EC)
Advanced clinical neuropsychology (5 EC)
Neuropsychological assessment (5 EC)
Test construction (5 EC)
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and Treatment (5 EC)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Bachelor students meet language requirements. For English-taught tracks, students with an HBO Toegepaste Psychologie need to provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests. For more details see https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/master/aanmelding-en-toelating/taaleisen-engels

previous education

A BSc in Psychology. For exceptions and a full description of admission requirements, please consult https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/master/aanmelding-en-toelating/ NB: Only students with an HBO (Dutch University of Applied Sciences) Applied Psychology degree can be admitted to the (pre-)master's programme. Applications of students from other HBO programmes will not be considered.

Registration procedure

The application procedure depends on prior education.

For a full description of the application procedure, please consult Application and Admission.
Students who have finished the bachelor in Psychology at the University of Groningen can, for most master tracks, register until 1 February / 1 September.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Research universitiesVia a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC
Psychology (EN)All Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Applied PsychologyAll Universities of applied sciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
PsychologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Psychology (EN)University of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests. For an overview, please see https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/master/aanmelding-en-toelating/taaleisen-engels

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks, it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria. Details on admission criteria as well as on the admission procedure per prior education can be found on https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/master/aanmelding-en-toelating/ PLEASE NOTE: For the enrollment for the September 2021 start of the Master's program, it is very likely that we will have to impose a capacity limitation on the number of students that can enter our program. The rules for the ensuing selection will be announced in the first half of 2020.

Registration procedure

The application procedure depends on prior education.

For a full description of the application procedure, please consult Application and Admission.
Students who have finished the bachelor in Psychology at the University of Groningen can, for most master tracks, register until 1 February / 1 September.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 December 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
01 December 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 December 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
01 December 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 November 201901 February 2020
01 April 202001 September 2020
01 November 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 15000full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

What is a neuropsychologist doing?

  • Working as a neuropsychologist in clinical practice (neuropsychological assessment and treatment of patients)
  • Research in clinical populations (PhD trajectory)
  • Policymaker in science or clinical practice

Job examples

  • Neuropsychologist

    in general and academic hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, school support services, epilepsy centres, forensic hospitals, institutions for the mental disabled, psychiatric centres etc.

  • Researcher

    in the field of clinical neuropsychology, e.g. research focused on neuropsychological impairments in patients with neurological or psychiatric conditions or studying the efficacy of neuropsychological treatment.

  • Policymaker in science or clinical practice

    For example, positions as coordinator or large research projects, manager in higher education, administration, in research institutes or pharmaceutical companies.

Research

For an overview of the research of the expertise group Clinical Neuropsychology, please see Expertise group Clinical Neuropsychology.

For a general overview of research of the Psychology department have a look at Mindwise . This is a blog platform of the Department of Psychology of the University of Groningen (located in the Netherlands). Staff and students write in a personal capacity about psychological research and education in Groningen, and express their opinions on current affairs based on their expertise.

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  • 
						Testimonial of Sandra Rakers

    alumnus Sandra Rakers - lecturer UG / Neuropsychologist UMCG

    – Sandra Rakers
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    During my Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences/Behavioural and Neurological Sciences, I found the brain particularly interesting. After my Bachelor's phase I wondered which direction to head in, but when I heard of the Master's in Clinical Neuropsychology, the choice was easy. In neuropsychology you examine the relationship between the brain and behaviour in day-to-day functioning.

    I thought it would be great to learn more about this and eventually, as a neuropsychologist, to contribute to improving quality of life for patients with cerebral conditions. So then I first took the pre-Master’s and then moved on to the Master’s in Clinical Neuropsychology. 

    The programme comprises course units, a placement and a Master’s thesis. You can choose from different course units. I found the course unit in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation particularly fun and interesting as it also included patient presentations. I also followed an integrated placement at the UMCG, whereby the clinical part of the placement was combined with writing my Master’s thesis. I conducted diagnostic activities during the placement and was involved in several research projects with different patient groups (traumatic head injuries, spinocerebellar ataxia, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases). I really enjoyed the great variety in the placement. One day I’d be seeing a patient, and the next I was reading articles and writing.

    After the Master’s phase I had the chance to work as a researcher at the Department of Neuropsychology at the UMCG. I was busy administering neurological tests and writing articles. I then got a job as a lecturer at the UG. My main task now is supervising Master’s thesis projects at the UMCG. I also occasionally work as a neuropsychologist and see patients. I’m also researching traumatic head injuries. In Clinical Neuropsychology clinical work and research can easily be combined. The clinical work gives rise to interesting questions, and we then learn more about them through research, thus improving care for patients. I find my work very rewarding and challenging, and I hope I can continue to do it for years to come.

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						Testimonial of Shannen Will

    Once I had my Master's, I wasn't done studying, and as I really missed Groningen a lot I decided to return.

    – Shannen Will
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    My name is Shannen Will, I am originally from Germany and I am a Master's student of Clinical Neuropsychology. I chose this Master's because I wanted to deepen my understanding of psychological and psychiatric disorders in conjunction with the working of the brain.

    I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Groningen and Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Leiden. Once I had my Master’s, I wasn’t done studying, and as I really missed Groningen a lot I decided to return.

    At the moment I am following the course unit in Neuropsychological Assessment in which we learn how to test and diagnose people with brain disorders. The course unit is quite practical. As well as attending the lectures we have to work on video assignments. Another course unit that I really like is Neuropsychology and Psychiatric Disorders. I am really intrigued to find out more about how all disorders, such as ADHD or eating disorders, are related to the brain.

    What I love about studying here is the fact that you can take electives alongside the compulsory curriculum. Since I have broad interests, I also registered for the course unit Health Psychology from the Applied Social Psychology Master’s track. I enjoy studying this topic as well because it focuses on health in general and therefore provides a complementary perspective.

    I am happy that the Dutch government supports me financially. As an EU national, I could apply for the tuition fee loan which makes studying more affordable.

    Groningen is great. It is a very international city. People here are happy, friendly and accepting. Many good things have happened to me here! Groningen gave me the chance to prove I could become a psychologist.

    Shannen Will, masterstudent Clinical Neuropsychology

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						Testimonial of lecturer Joost Heutink

    Joost Heutink - Assistant professor

    – lecturer Joost Heutink
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    My name is Joost Heutink and I am an Assistant Professor for the Bachelor's degree in Psychology and the Master's degree in Clinical Neuropsychology. Students encounter me for the first time in their second year, for the Introduction to clinical neuropsychology course unit. During the Bachelor's phase, neuropsychology only plays a minor role, but it is an extremely interesting field! I really want to make students enthusiastic about following the related Master's degree.

    Within the field of neuropsychology, we investigate the relationship between the brain and behaviour. People with a hereditary or acquired cerebral condition can have problems with perception, language, memory, motor functions, attention span, planning and behaviour. These disorders teach us a lot about how the brain works. We can use this knowledge to help patients cope with their functional impairment as well as possible and to participate in society. That’s what I find so great about my work – the link between academic research and clinical practice, where the patient takes centre stage.

    Patients also play an important role in my lectures. I present many case studies, and I invite people with a cerebral condition to tell my students about the problems they experience. The scientific theories I deal with in my course unit help students to understand the problems these people have. At the same time, the patients help us to constantly test our theories and put them in context. Students learn to examine the theories with a critical eye, making them concrete. You see immediate results in actual practice!

    Neuropsychology is also very interesting because it’s constantly developing. New things are constantly being discovered about the brain. Research helps us to understand the brain more and better, which knowledge we can then benefit from!

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						Testimonial of Myrthe Scheenen

    Myrthe Scheenen - Neuropsychologist at Maarsingh & Van Steijn

    – Myrthe Scheenen
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    In my second year, I participated in the Honours Programme and was partnered with a researcher at the UMCG. I was immediately inspired by her research and by neuropsychology in general, and decided to write my Bachelor's thesis about the subject. It seemed like an obvious choice to continue in that field by pursuing a Master's in Clinical Neuropsychology.

    In my second year, I participated in the Honours Programme and was partnered with a researcher at the UMCG. I was immediately inspired by her research and by neuropsychology in general, and decided to write my Bachelor's thesis about the subject. It seemed like an obvious choice to continue in that field by pursuing a Master's in Clinical Neuropsychology.

    After the Master's in Clinical Neuropsychology I conducted PhD research at the neuropsychology department at the UMCG. My supervisor helped me to establish contact with the director of the new Maarsingh & Van Steijn facility in Groningen, and I was invited for an interview.

    I work here now as a neuropsychologist. That means that I provide primary mental healthcare for patients suffering from various psychological problems, including depression and phobias. I also provide support to people suffering from neurodegenerative diseases or those recovering from neurological injury. If necessary, I carry out neuropsychological research. In addition, I conduct psychiatric expertise consultations for a firm called WPEX.

    My current position mainly involves treating people who are not suffering from neurological problems, so my work is more closely related to the Master´s in Clinical Psychology. However, I think that being familiar with both directions makes me a better psychologist in both fields. Patients with neurological problems are also often somber or phobic, and sometimes have personality problems.

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