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1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 September 2021

Program description

Clinical Psychology

This specialisation focuses on adult psychopathology. This field within psychology is studied from a scientific point of view. In this Master’s programme, we examine in particular the more complex varieties of psychopathology within an urban context.

  • This is an intensive programme with an emphasis on applied psychology based on scientific evidence. 
  • It is oriented toward problem-solving, and you work in small groups to solve clinical psychological issues (i.e., ).
  • The programme offers a strong emphasis and first-rate preparation for a career in the mental health field, (higher) education, or (scientific) research.
  • The programme is taught in English.

As we are located in the vibrant city of Rotterdam, this urban environment is often our field laboratory for our research and findings. In this urban context, complex psychopathological problems, like crime-related issues, personality disorders and addictions often occur.

Admission requirements

Prior education

You are eligible for admission to the master programme if you have obtained a bachelor or undergraduate degree in Psychology from a research university. You are also expected to have obtained at least:       

  • 15 ECTS in courses related to the preferred field of your specialisation;
  • At least 15 ECTS in statistics courses and at least basic SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) skills.
    You are expected to be familiar with the following statistical techniques (and be able to apply them in SPSS): descriptive statistics, correlation, hypothesis testing, between-subjects versus within-subjects designs, multiple regression, 1-factor and 2-factor ANOVA, repeated measures-ANOVA, MANOVA, GLM, psychometrics, non-parametric testing.

We would like to stress that if you are an eligible candidate for the specialisation, there is no guarantee that you can directly obtain your degree. You are responsible for filling the gaps in your knowledge and skills of statistics or the specialisation that you have chosen.

The eligibility of your bachelor can only be determined after you have submitted an application and only after we have received all requested documents. Prior inquiries will be purely hypothetical.

NB: We cannot guarantee the clinical skills training track to be sufficient to apply for post-academic programs for registered clinicians in the Netherlands or your country of origin. This will depend in part on the specific skills courses you took during the bachelor programme and requirements that vary from country to country.

Language requirements

A good command of English is essential. Therefore you will have to submit proof of English proficiency in your application.


You might be exempted from presenting the proof of English proficiency, please check our website for all of the exceptions.

Academic performance 

In addition to the credentials mentioned above, the Admissions Board will also take into account your academic performance, i.e. your grades. Please note that there is no minimum score or average grade mentioned; your application will be assessed against the pool of applicants of the given year.   

If you would like to know more, please send an information request or click on the institute's web page.

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Program content

The curriculum of the master programme Clinical Psychology consists of a series of course periods. In the first half, every course period covers one so-called ‘block’ and one practical training. Every block covers a specific psychological theme. All the activities that you will undertake during this period, i.e. lectures, tutorials, and assignments, are related to this theme. In addition, every course period includes a practical skills training.

For the practical skills training, the master track Clinical Psychology offers two different tracks: the ‘Research training track’ and the ‘Clinical training track’. You will have to choose one of them. NB: two is not an option. Please list your preference when you apply. The admission criteria do not differ for both tracks.

If you are interested in working in mental healthcare after your studies, we advise you to choose the ‘Clinical training track’.

If you envision a different career path, you could choose the ‘Research training track’. In case you are interested in pursuing a PhD position this path is a suitable option.

Scholarships & funding

There are scholarships and grants for two groups:

1. Students from abroad, who wish to study at EUR or are already doing so;

2. Students studying at EUR, wishing to go abroad for a while during or after their current study program.

Request information to learn more about the available scholarship opportunities and to find out if you qualify. 

Tuition fees

  • €2,168 (Statutory fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €12,300 (Institutional fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €15,500 (Institutional fee: non-EEA students)

Studying in a foreign country can be very expensive. Fortunately, the Dutch government subsidizes higher education which leads to lower tuition fees for students with a nationality from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA). In recent years, more and more students from outside the EEA have decided to study in the Netherlands, resulting in a growing demand for academic scholarships.



Career opportunities

If you have followed the research training track, the master Clinical Psychology prepares you for a career as a policy researcher or advisor at institutions conducting research on addictions, like the Trimbos institute. Moreover, you are able to work in the forensic field or at governmental institutions. Furthermore, some graduates work as a policy advisor for mental health care institutions or health insurance companies. Those interested in pursuing a PhD position will find this master track a suitable option as well.

If you have followed the clinical training track, the master Clinical Psychology prepares you for a career as a junior psychologist in the field of mental health care. Also, some graduates find a job as a policy researcher or advisor at mental health care institutions, others work at higher education institutions. 

About this institute

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) is home to a vast diversity of study programs and scientific disciplines: Public Administration, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology and Sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and...

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Generally fun courses, interactive lectures, and a good transition from the main courses to your thesis. Main drawback for me was the lack of communication and guidance when it came to finding a practical internship
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