Clinical Development Psychopathy: Cognitive Neuropsychology (Research Master)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 September 2023
Application deadline: EU students: July 1st 2023 | Non-EU students: May 1st 2027
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About this program

Clinical Development Psychopathy: Cognitive Neuropsychology (Research Master)

Are you interested in scientific research on psychopathology? Looking for in-depth insights into the developmental origins of mental health and clinical presentation of disorders? Ready to unravel the effects of psychological treatment and prevention?

Then the Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology Research Master's may be the programme for you!

The programme 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.

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Admission 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, 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

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Program content

1st year

  • 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

2nd year

  • Advanced Research Training, elective
  • Introduction to R for Behavioural Sciences

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fee for EU: € 2,209
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 12,840

Career paths

On the one hand, you'll have cutting-edge knowledge and expertise in epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of psychopathology, as well as mental health service planning and evaluation.

On the other hand, you'll have excellent research skills, an analytical attitude and data/statistical skills – all of which will stand you in good stead for your future career.

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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

Contact info

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1081 HV Amsterdam
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Phone no: +31 20 59 89898

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