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What will I learn?

Are you intrigued by the complexities of the wide range of mental disorders? Are you eager to develop the knowledge and research skills needed to understand how such disorders come about and to find new ways of treating and preventing them? Then Psychopathology is the right choice for you! This highly multidisciplinary programme provides you with the theoretical background and clinical insight necessary for research in the fields of experimental psychopathology, clinical psychology and psychiatry. Psychopathology is also an ideal choice for those who intend in the future to combine science and clinical practice.

The specialisation in Psychopathology provides you with the theoretical background and clinical insight necessary for future research in the various fields of mental health, in particular experimental psychopathology, clinical psychology and psychiatry. A strong focus on research questions that can inform prevention and intervention strategies differentiates this master’s programme from many others, making it an ideal choice for those who intend in the future to combine science and clinical practice. There are many similarities between Psychopathology and Neuro psychology, but they differ in the emphasis on brain processes. Psychopathology has a broad focus on various mechanisms in the pathways leading to disorders.

A total of nine interactive core seminars, each extending over 4 weeks, cover current theories and methods that can clarify genetic, environmental, psychological and neurobiological processes underlying the onset, course, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders throughout the lifecycle. In addition to specific disorders, attention is paid to broader issues and controversies, such as gender and cultural differences, validity of classification systems for psychopathology, advantages and disadvantages of experimental and animal models, gene-environment interactions and the nature of resilience.

Through extensive practice in writing research proposals, you will learn to formulate testable hypotheses and translate these into research designs. Workshops will expose you to a wide variety of research methods, ranging from neuroimaging to epidemiology. Although research remains the primary focus, this specialisation includes training in diagnostic and other clinical skills, as well as opportunities for clinical and research experience in a health care setting.

Your future

The research master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience is primarily designed to prepare students for a scientific career, in which pursuing a PhD is usually the next step. On average, more than 90% of our graduates find their desired job or training position within 3-6 months after graduation. The majority embark on PhD projects at top universities. Others pursue clinical training or are employed in industry. Some graduates of the Psychopathology specialisation opt for a career in a clinical setting, which they often combine with further research.

The programme also provides you with a solid background for careers in a variety of other settings, which may include the following:

  • scientific research and policy functions in research institutes
  • somatic and mental health treatment institutions
  • forensic institutes
  • centres for educational research and counselling
  • insurance providers

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€16,800.00 (13,72,549) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. English language requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

Excellent graduates from a university bachelor’s programme are admissible to the Research master’s programme Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience.

IELTS test: minimum score 6.5, with no component less than 6

TOEFL test: internet-based minimum score 90 (test code 7102)

Cambridge: CPE with grade A, B or C, or CAE with grade A, B or C+


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