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What will I learn?

This master takes an evidence-based approach in that the course material covering these three areas is based on findings from (experimental) empirical research. You will learn how to apply scientific findings to clinical practice, and in turn, how experiences in the clinic can be translated to testable research questions.

You will ask these and similar other questions during your master year Clinical Psychology. The program focuses on three important, inter-related topics:

Theory: a better understanding of psychopathology
Diagnosis: determining what is going on
Intervention: bringing about change

Why study this programme in Groningen?

expert tuition from professionals in the field
basic science embedded in clinical practice
strong emphasis on findings from (experimental) clinical research

From September onwards, most of our courses will be offered online. Where possible and necessary we will combine the online education with lectures and activities on campus, since we feel it is important that you can meet your lecturers and fellow students in person.

Job prospects

As a master's level clinical psychologist you have several options:

* Clinical or professional practice, without advanced training:
-Counsellor, Coach
-Psychological worker
-Policy making, management
-Consultant, trainer, etc.

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

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 Months)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (12,11,632) per year
Application deadline

Expected March 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Bachelor's degree. Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For international students

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.

IELTS overall band

6.5 – overall (6.0 – speaking, 5.5 – writing)

TOEFL paper based

575 – overall (55 – speaking, 4.5 – writing)

TOEFL internet based

90 – overall (19 – speaking, 20 – writing)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

C, B or A

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

C, B or A

University of Groningen Language Center Test

C1 - speaking

C1 – writing

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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