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  • 12 months
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How do children and adolescents develop? How do emotional and behavioural disorders emerge, and how can they be prevented? How can you use scientific knowledge to advise schools? Learn about the psychology of children and adolescents with this Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology programme offered by Utrecht University.

About

In the Master’s programme Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology offered by the Utrecht University, you will learn how to apply your knowledge of developmental psychology in clinical practice.

Care, treatment and support

During this one-year Master’s programme, you will learn all about the psychological care, treatment and support of children and young people. We will also address how policies and institutions can contribute to child development.

As a child and youth psychologist, you will study:

  • systematic changes over the course of a child’s life;
  • the developmental processes that underlie and account for these changes;
  • the social context of developmental changes.

At the Utrecht University you will also learn knowledge and skills for assessing (diagnostics), treating (intervention), and preventing problematic youth development.

Societal issues

In addition to these topics, you will also learn about relevant societal issues, such as:

  • bullying and its prevention
  • juvenile criminal behaviour
Research-driven

This programme is offered by various chair groups, which conduct research into:

  • development and influencing of psychopathology (Prof. Bram Orobio de Castro)
  • social and personality development (Prof. Marcel van Aken)
  • biological developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology (Prof. Chantal Kemner)

Researchers from these programmes teach courses and supervise the students’ theses. Students also have the opportunity to take part in their research projects as research assistants.

Learn to look beyond the limits of psychology

In order to prevent and alleviate psycho-social problems in children and young people, a variety of perspectives are needed: pedagogical, medical, educational and sometimes legal. Students in this Master's programme will therefore learn to consider these ‘non-psychological’ factors as well. You can also enrol in elective courses in other fields of study. If you do a clinical internship, you may work as part of a multi-disciplinary team together with child psychiatrists, social-psychiatric caregivers, social workers and internal mentors.

Internship

The Master’s programme is structured in such a way that you can begin your internship immediately in September. If you decide to enrol in our Master’s programme, it is therefore vital that you start looking for an internship position in time. It becomes progressively more difficult to find an internship position if you start applying later in the year. 

Objective of the programme

You will develop into a scientist-practitioner, who is able to make a difference in the practice of child and adolescent psychology by tying the knowledge gained in theoretical courses to practical experience obtained during your internship.This Master's programme prepares you for a career as a care provider, diagnostician or policy consultant. You may also choose to continue your studies, as this programme qualifies you (in the Netherlands) for post-academic education as a clinical psychologist, school psychologist and the registration process for NIP Child- and Youth Psychologist/NIP Registered Psychologist/Child and Youth.

NIP Basic Psychodiagnostics Registration (BAPD)

If you are a Dutch student, we offer you the possibility to earn your Basic Psychodiagnostics Registration (BAPD) (in Dutch) during your Master’s or afterwards. This depends on whether your internship meets certain conditions. 

Careers

Potential careers include:

  • clinical child- and adolescent psychologist
  • policy consultant

Potential employers include:

  • municipal mental health or youth care institutions
  • educational institution or school supervision service
  • municipal or provincial organisations

Accreditation

 Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Evidence Based Interventions for Youth
  • Academic Professional Clinical Developmental Psychology
  • Internship: Clinical Developmental Psychology
  • Master's Thesis Clinical Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
        For more information, please check the programme website.

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • More details:

          For non-EU applicants only: if you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for scholarships, you should submit your application before February 1.

        • Programme intensity Full-time
          • Full-time duration 12 months
        • Credits
          60 ECTS
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus
        • More information Go to the programme website

        English Language Requirements

        You only need to take one of these language tests:

        • Minimum required score:

          6.5

          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

          Book IELTS
        • Minimum required score (Grade B):

          193

          The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

          Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

        • Minimum required score:

          93

          The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

        Academic Requirements

        Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.

        These competencies described are required to be accepted to this Master’s programme:
        • Psychological theories
        • Critical thinking and integrity
        • Developmental Psychopathology
        • Psychological Assessment
        • Methods and statistics & Research report
        • Communication techniques and academic skills

        Students are considered for admission if they have a Psychology degree from a non-Dutch university that is similar (in terms of level, orientation and scope) to a Bachelor’s Psychology degree from a Dutch research University. Our Admissions Office will verify whether a non-Dutch academic degree is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch research university.

        You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

          15575 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
        • EU/EEA Applies to you

          2060 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

        For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

        Living costs for Utrecht

        900 - 1450 EUR/month
        Living Costs

        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

        Funding

        Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

        • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
        • Holland Scholarships
        • Orange Tulip Scholarships
        • Canadian student loans
        • Fulbright / NAF
        • US Federal Loans
        • Erasmus+ Master loans

        StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

        The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

        Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.