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Klinische Psychologie

These pages inform you about the Dutch master's track.

Please have a look at our MSc Clinical Psychology if you are interested in the English track.

Facts & Figures
MSc in Psychology
Course type
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
Dutch, English
February, September
Behavioural and Social Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Aandacht voor theorie, diagnostiek en behandeling;
  • Nadruk op bevindingen van (experimenteel) klinisch-empirisch onderzoek;
  • Klinische stage als onderdeel van de masterthese (optioneel).

For the curriculum of the English master track see:

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Vakken uit andere Psychologie master tracks (keuze)
Evidence/based interventions
Multivariate models (methode)
Repeated measures
Capita Selecta Experimentele Psychopathologie (keuze) (optional)
Capita Selecta Therapy (keuze) (optional)
Captia Selecta Diagnostic Models and Strategies (keuze)
Master´s thesis ) a clinical internship may be a part of the master´s thesis'
Cognitive models of Psychopathology
Clinical interventions and e-health for adults and youth
Test construction

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

A self-arranged clinical internship outside of The Netherlands of approximately 13 weeks is optional.

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Voor Engelstalige tracks moeten studenten met een hbo-TP diploma of een buitenlandse vooropleiding voldoen aan de resultaten zoals gesteld voor één van de standaardtoetsen. Voor meer details zie

previous education

Een BSc in de psychologie. Voor uitzonderingen en een volledige beschrijving van de toelatingseisen zie NB: Alleen hbo-studenten van de hbo Psychologie kunnen toegelaten worden tot de (pre-)masteropleiding. Een aanvraag tot toelating van studenten van andere hbo opleidingen wordt niet in behandeling genomen.

Registration procedure

De aanmeldingsprocedure hangt af van de vooropleiding.

Uitgebreide informatie vind je op de pagina Aanmelden van de master Psychologie.

Studenten die de bacheloropleiding Psychologie aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen volgen of gevolgd hebben kunnen zich inschrijven tot 1 september/1 februari. (handleiding voor RUG Bachelor Psychologie studenten)

Transfer options

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All Research universities

Via a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
More information:
PsychologyAll Research universities

No additional requirements

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Applied PsychologyAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

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PsychologyUniversity of Groningen

No additional requirements

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Psychology (EN)University of Groningen

No additional requirements

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Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Non-native English speakers must moreover provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests. See

previous education

A BSc in Psychology. For exceptions and a full description of admission requirements, please consult

Registration procedure

The application procedure depends on prior education.

For a full description of the application procedure, please consult the page on Application of the Psychology master.

Students who have finished the Dutch bachelor in Psychology at the University of Groningen can register until 1 February / 1 September.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 December 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
01 December 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 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€ 14600full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

As a master's level clinical psychologist you may choose from several options: Clinical practice, with advanced training:

In The Netherlands (Dutch language programs only)

  • “Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog” (2 year program)
  • “Klinisch Psycholoog” (3 year program on top of the “gezondheidszorgpsycholoog” training)

In Germany (German language programs only)

  • Licensure as “Psychologische”/Psychotherapeut/in” (3 year full-time or 5 year part-time) to get paid by the statutory health insurance.


  • Licensure “Heilpraktiker Psychotherapie” (HPG, no extra requirements) to be legally allowed to treat patients, but not eligible to get paid by the statutory health insurance.

Clinical or professional practice, without advanced training:

  • Counsellor, Coach
  • Psychological worker
  • Policy making, management
  • Consultant, trainer, etc.

The research of the group Experimental Psychotherapy and Psychopathology informs the teaching in the mastertrack Clinical Psychology.

Topics that the research group focuses on:

The global mission of the expertise group Experimental Psychotherapy and Psychopathology is to help explain key features of psychopathology that are shared by many of the psychiatric disorders and to translate our findings into clinical applications.

There are collaboratons with Mental Health Institutions (MHIs) such as the in- and outpatient clinic GGZ-Drenthe (e.g., psychotic disorders section) and the University Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Accare (e.g., anxiety and mood disorders section, eating disorders section). In addition, researchers in the group participate in large scale longitudinal studies such as the Netherlands Study on Depression & Anxiety ( and TRacking Adolescents' Individual Life Survey study (

Teaching staff

dr. Judith K. Daniels
Expertise: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociation, neuroimaging, trauma therapy
Courses: Masterthesis research supervision, Clinical interventions and e-health for adults and youth
My research focusses on the long-term consequences of childhood trauma. I offer Master thesis supervision in this realm. I mostly study patients suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or Dissociative Disorders. To this end, I combine neurobiological methods such as neuroimaging (fMRI) with behavioural and self-report methods. Also I am trained in trauma therapy and pass on my clinical knowledge in the practical offered in the Master program [link here pointing to PSMKV-3). One of my research interests therefore is also how therapists cope with listening to their patients' trauma narratives and if they experience 'secondary traumatization'.

prof. dr. Peter J. de Jong
Expertise: Cognitive & implicit cognition across disorders (anxiety, anorexia nervosa, depression,..); Disgust and sexual dysfunctions; Blushing and social phobia

dr. Rafaële J.C. Huntjens
Expertise: dissociative disorders, trauma, memory
Courses: Cognitive Models in Psychopathology, Theme Dissociatie; Capita Selecta Experimental Psychopathology: Dissociative disorder and Masterthesis reseaarch supervision.
The main focus in my research is on cognitive and behavioural processes in trauma-related disorders (dissociative disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder), with a special emphasis on memory processes.

dr. Miriam J.J. Lommen
Expertise: trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, fear conditioning and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Courses: Capita selecta therapy: tratment protocols; Cognitive Models in Psychopathology, Theme Compulsive behaviour, Masterthesis research supervision.
The combination of my research into anxiety and trauma-related disorders and its treatment, and my background as a cognitive behavioural therapist make a perfect match to teach students about psychopathology, including the experimental and clinical research in this area as well as phenomenology and treatment in clinical practice.

prof. dr. Marieke Pijnenborg
Expertise: psychotic disorders, social cognition, disorders in cognitive functioning
Courses: Evidence Based Interventions, Theme Psychosis, Capita Selecta Diagnostic Models and Strategies, Masterthesis research supervision
My research is about social cognition in psychotic disorders. I am involved in various studies into innovative treatment methods, such as training social cognition with Virtual Reality and increasing the resilience of people with a psychotic disorder by means of kickboxing.

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								Testimonial of Iris Peters

    Ik haal er zo veel energie uit als ik een patiënt ergens inzicht in kan geven en verder kan helpen!

    – Iris Peters
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    Mijn interesse in deze master ontstond toen ik tijdens de bachelor Psychologie de DSM-5 uit m'n hoofd moest leren. Ik vond het zó boeiend, al die stoornissen en hoe ze precies in elkaar zitten. Of ik mezelf dan ook echt zag werken als psycholoog, in een kantoortje met een divan waar de hele dag depressieve mensen tegenover je zitten, dat wist ik nog niet zo. Maar ik wilde gewoon graag een studie doen die ik leuk vond. Waar ik zou komen te werken was van later zorg.

    Als onderdeel van m’n master heb ik stage gelopen bij het Universitair Centrum voor Psychiatrie, op de afdeling Angst & Dwang. Daardoor ben ik erachter gekomen dat niet alleen de studie, maar ook het werk absoluut iets voor mij is. Ik haal er zo veel energie uit als ik een patiënt ergens inzicht in kan geven en verder kan helpen!

    Ik liep stage op de dagbehandeling, waar patiënten met een angst- of dwangstoornis komen voor wie tweedelijns zorg niet voldoende geholpen heeft. Het zijn mensen met complexe problemen, een hele interessante groep. Op de dagbehandeling krijgen ze cognitieve therapie en ze doen exposureoefeningen, waarbij ze met een verpleegkundige de stad in gaan om de dingen waar ze bang voor zijn – roltrappen of liften bijvoorbeeld – op te zoeken.

    Aan het begin van m’n stage was het vooral meelopen en meekijken, maar al snel mocht ik de cognitieve therapie doen met iemand erbij, en de exposure zelfs helemaal zelf. Ik heb heel veel geleerd en was ook echt onderdeel van het team – ze hebben me niet één keer laten kopiëren of koffie halen. Aan de andere kant is het ook prettig dat je als stagiair niet helemaal eindverantwoordelijk bent. Dat maakt het makkelijker om de heftige verhalen die je hoort ook weer te kunnen loslaten, aan het einde van de dag.

    Mijn afstudeeronderzoek heb ik ook bij het UCP gedaan. Ik voerde een onderdeel uit van een langlopend onderzoek, dat al sinds 2014 bezig is. Het gaat over emotioneel redeneren: conclusies trekken op basis van je emoties, in plaats van objectieve informatie. Dus iemand voelt bijvoorbeeld angst, en concludeert dat er dan wel gevaar zal zijn – in plaats van eerst iets gevaarlijks waar te nemen, en dan pas bang te worden. De verwachting is dat mensen met een dwangstoornis meer emotioneel redeneren dan een groep gezonde controles.

    Ik vond het heel leuk dat ik op dezelfde plek een stage én een onderzoek deed, omdat op die manier de praktijk en de theorie met elkaar verbonden zijn. Er wordt in de klinische psychologie heel veel onderzoek gedaan en daar komen dan allerlei nieuwe bevindingen uit, maar die moeten wel gekoppeld worden aan de praktijk. Met mijn stage kon ik dat in het klein doen.

    Stage lopen is in deze master niet verplicht. Dat kan ook niet, daarvoor zijn er te weinig stageplekken beschikbaar, maar eigenlijk vind ik het heel erg zonde dat zoveel studenten dit mislopen. In de bachelor heb ik nul praktijkervaring opgedaan, alleen maar uit boeken geleerd. Natuurlijk haal je belangrijke kennis uit de literatuur, maar pas in de praktijk kom je erachter hoe het is om als psycholoog te werken en of het bij je past.

    Dus ik kan het iedereen alleen maar aanraden. Solliciteer gewoon op zoveel mogelijk plekken, stel je enthousiast en open op, wees niet te kieskeurig. Alle ervaring is meegenomen en overal valt wel iets te leren!

								Testimonial of Magdalena Hristova

    I chose this programme because I am really interested in psychotherapy.

    – Magdalena Hristova
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    My name is Magdalena Hristova and I'm from Bulgaria. I came to Groningen five years ago to follow a Bachelor's programme in Psychology. Now I'm following a Master's programme in Clinical Psychology. When I left school in Bulgaria, I knew I wanted to study abroad, in English. I looked at universities in the Netherlands, because I knew I liked the country, and found the Bachelor's programme in Groningen. It was not only the only programme taught in English, but also the most appealing.

    During my Bachelor's programme I became really interested in psychotherapy. I chose the Master's programme in Clinical Psychology because I wanted to learn more about it. I had learned Dutch during my Bachelor's programme, so was able to follow the Dutch-taught Master's programme – at the time it was not taught in English. It's been hard at times, but my lecturers and fellow students have really helped me. I love the Dutch openness and the freedom to do what you want.

    In my work as a student assistant at the UMCG, I help train medical students, and this got me interested in working with groups. As I wanted to learn more about this, I started a second Master's programme in Utrecht: Social and Organizational Psychology. In future, I would like to combine both Master's degrees in my work.

    I like the city of Groningen. Everything is close by, so you can go everywhere by bike. In Bulgaria you always have to take the bus, but the bike is a lot better, for yourself and for the environment. There are a lot of student societies that you can join in Groningen. I joined a student swimming club in my second year, which really improved my Dutch.

    In my time here I have really challenged myself. Even if I thought something was impossible I still went for it. The Master's programme has been difficult but I haven't given up. This made me realize that I'm capable of more than I think I am. If you think you can't do something, I would say go for it anyway. You'll find help along the way.

								Testimonial of Gerard van Rijsbergen

    For my thesis research I examined the treatment of patients with a depression relapse

    – Gerard van Rijsbergen
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    When I finished the Master's programme in Clinical psychology in 2010 I was in my early twenties, and I was not sure whether I wanted to find a job as a psychologist right away.

    I had done an internship at the Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care in Drenthe (GGZ Drenthe) and I had sometimes felt too young, especially when interacting with older patients. That is why I decided to do a PhD first. I examined the treatment of patients with a depression relapse. I enjoyed doing research, but after the PhD I wanted to work as a real psychologist.

    I did the postdoctoral GZ training programme to become a healthcare psychologist. When you finish your Master's degree you are a basic psychologist. This means that you may not yet make diagnoses or perform treatments independently. I did the training whilst working at GGZ Drenthe. During the two year training programme I worked four days a week and went to school for one day a week.

    After the training, I could stay at my job and at the moment I work for the psychosis team of GGZ Drenthe. We mainly work with young people with a first psychosis or at risk of a first psychosis. I do for example intakes, psychological research and cognitive behavioural therapy. It is a very diverse job. Sometimes it is hard, but it is very nice to be able to help these young people.

    I use a lot of the things I learned during my studies. The research and conversations methods we learned are still useful every day. I think there is not such a big difference between doing research at a university or in a clinic. In both contexts you have a certain hypothesis, about a research field or about a patient, which you have to test. You gather information, it takes a while, and in the end you come to a conclusion. The way of thinking is the same.
    My advice for current students is to find a nice internship (which can be hard) and to choose the right courses so that you will be accepted for the postdoctoral training. It is quite hard to get into the postdoctoral training programme, soP it might be useful to have a plan B.

								Testimonial of Marjolein van der Wal

    Basic psychologist in the GZ-programme

    – Marjolein van der Wal
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    I did not study abroad during my Bachelor's programme and when I saw a message from this study programme that they were looking for a student who was willing to write his or her Master's thesis in Canada, I immediately responded. This way, I still had the opportunity to go abroad during my studies. I did research on neuroticism with monozygotic twins for half a year there. It was a great experience which I can recommend to anyone.

    After the Bachelor in Psychology I decided to do the Master’s programme in ‘Clinical Psychology’. At first, I had to get used to the Master’s programme. At the exams we suddenly had mainly open questions instead of the multiple choice questions, which we had during the Bachelor’s programme. We studied the material in greater depth, which was nice. However, everything was still quite theoretical during the Master’s programme. That is why I am glad that I did an internship; I learned a lot from that.

    I did an internship at Maarsingh & van Steijn, a psychologists practice in Leeuwarden. In the beginning, I watched the work of my colleagues a lot, but after a while I was also allowed to treat people myself. I thought that was very scary but at the same time a lot of fun and incredibly interesting.
    After graduating, I was able to stay and I would work for several hours a week on my internship. Gradually, I could work more and more hours and now I am even allowed to start the GZ-programme next month. Then I will have one training day a week and three normal working days at the practice.

    I am now a basic psychologist. I am allowed to do a lot of things, but still officially under the supervision of some colleagues. Usually, I see about five people a day; I talk to all of them for about an hour. I do coaching, assessments, psychological treatments and diagnostics. I also write reports and contact GP’s and employers. Once I am officially qualified as a GZ psychologist I can write my own name under the reports, and I will have more basic knowledge I can rely on.

    I really like my job. It is very diverse, I treat people with all kinds of problems. I also give group trainings, for example, to people with a negative self-image. At the moment, I only treat people under 35, because otherwise the age difference becomes too big. I see a lot of students, because I am still quite young and it is easier for me to understand them.

								Testimonial of Marieke Pijnenborg

    Lecturer Marieke Pijnenborg - Assistant Professor Clinical Psychology

    – Marieke Pijnenborg
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    Binnen de track klinische psychologie geef ik de vakken “Evidence based interventions” en “Diagnostische modellen en strategieën”. Hoewel ik werk op de afdeling klinische psychologie en experimentele psychopathologie, ligt mijn onderzoek tussen dat van de afdelingen klinische neuropsychologie en klinische psychologie in. Ik voel me bij beide richtingen thuis.

    Mijn expertise is psychotische stoornissen. Psychoses zijn heel interessant. Het is een heel bijzonder ziektebeeld wat veel verschillende verschijningsvormen heeft en veel verschillende soorten mensen treft. Het is fascinerend om te zien hoe het brein zichzelf kan misleiden. Mensen geloven onvoorstelbare dingen die andere mensen niet begrijpen of niet zien, ongeacht tegenspraak of bewijzen van buitenaf. Vervolgens is het de vraag hoe je mensen zo goed mogelijk kan helpen weer mee te doen in de maatschappij. Maatschappelijke participatie en het tegengaan van stigmatisering zijn dan ook mijn belangrijkste drijfveren.

    Psychologie is een tak van de wetenschap die dicht bij het dagelijks leven ligt. Als psycholoog bestudeer je alledaagse sociale processen. Bij klinische psychologie is de voornaamste aantrekkingskracht het iets kunnen betekenen voor andere mensen. Daar zit een groot stuk nieuwsgierigheid bij; nieuwsgierigheid naar de oorzaken van problematisch gedrag en de motivatie om uit te zoeken hoe je deze problemen het beste kunt behandelen.

    De track klinische psychologie heeft veel te bieden aan toekomstige studenten. We kijken bijvoorbeeld vanuit de klinische praktijk naar wetenschappelijke thema’s en er is aandacht voor zorginnovatie. Maar we doen ook experimenteel onderzoek om te kijken welke processen aan bepaalde vormen van psychopathologie ten grondslag liggen. De expertise van de docenten is gevarieerd; er is veel kennis in huis van verschillende domeinen.


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VIP is the study association for the Psychology students at the University of Groningen.
VIP organizes study-related and social activities. As a VIP-member, you receive a discount on study books as well as a discount on VIP activities. On this website, you can find more information about VIP, our events, committees, and the book sale.
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Wil jij meer dan alleen 'mensen helpen'? Dan is de master Klinische Psychologie iets voor jou! Jij:

  • bent geïnteresseerd in het uitpluizen van de oorzaken van afwijkend gedrag,
  • bent begaan met mensen die psychisch lijden,
  • bent nieuwsgierig, analytisch, kritisch, en niet snel tevreden met de voor-de-hand-liggende antwoorden,
  • bent sociaal vaardig en communicatief.
  • durft contact te maken met mensen,
  • ziet tegenslag eerder als leuke puzzel dan als obstakel,
  • vindt het spannend om psychische problemen te vertalen naar toetsbare onderzoeksvragen,
  • wilt graag (experimenteel of patiënt-gebonden) onderzoek doen.
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