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Clinical Psychology


Entry requirements

All 60 ec of first year psychology credits obtained.


This is an advanced course on psychopathology. The course covers phenomenology, aetiology, treatment, and theoretical models of psychopathology. Treatment and biological approaches are also discussed, but are treated in more detail in complementary courses.

Course objectives

Students will:

  • Acquire deeper knowledge of the aetiology, epidemiology, and potential underlying mechanisms of the most important psychopathological conditions;

  • Gain insight into the interaction between the science and practice of clinical psychology;

  • Acquire further knowledge of how to process recent scientific literature into theoretical arguments; and

  • Work together in translating scientific knowledge into practical advice.


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable

This course is offered twice a year.



Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register up to 5 days prior to the start of the course. The exception here is that first-year bachelor students are assigned and registered for all components in the first semester or academic year by the administration of their bachelor programme. The programme will communicate to these students for which course components and for which period the registration applies.


It is mandatory for all students, including first-year bachelor students, to register for each exam and to confirm registration for each exam in My Studymap. This is possible up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the examination. You cannot take an exam without a valid pre-registration and confirmation in My Studymap.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Students who take this course as part of a LDE minor or a premaster programme, exchange students and external guest students will be informed by the education administration about the current registration procedure.

Mode of instruction

6 two-hour lectures and 8 two-hour work group sessions.
Attendance and active participation are required for all work group sessions.

In case of remote teaching:
Weekly Q and A video conference sessions with experts, weekly knowledge clips and instruction videos, and 8 one-hour on-line work group sessions.
Attendance and active participation are required for all work group sessions..

Assessment method

  • pen/paper exam 30% of the final grade,

  • participation and homework assignments 30% of the final grade,

  • essay 40% of the final grade

The Institute of Psychology uses fixed rules for grade calculation and compulsory attendance. It also follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of these three policies.

Contact information

Dr Marc Molendijk