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Clinical Psychology


Entry requirements

First-year examination in Psychology


This is a follow-up course on psychopathology. The course addresses the following topics: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, somatoform disorders, psychoses, personality disorders, addiction, and eating disorders. It covers phenomenology, diagnosis, aetiology, psychological theoretical models and the empirical support for these models. Treatment and biological approaches are also discussed, but are treated in more detail in the complementary courses Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Clinical Practice and Pharmacological and biological approaches to clinical and health psychology.

Course objectives

Students will acquire:

  • Deeper knowledge of the aetiology, diagnosis and epidemiology of the most important psychopathological conditions;

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

  • Knowledge of how to process recent scientific literature into a theoretical argument.


For the timetables of your lectures, workgroups, and exams, select your study programme.
Psychology timetables



Students need to register for lectures, workgroups and exams.
Instructions for registration in courses for the 2nd and 3rd year

For information on registration periods consult the bachelor course registration


Elective students have to enroll for each course separately. For admission requirements contact your study advisor.

Exchange/Study abroad

For admission requirements, please contact your exchange coordinator


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.
Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

8 2-hour lectures and 8 2-hour work group sessions.
In every work group session a number of research questions are discussed on the basis of a specific disorder (anxiety disorder, mood disorder, etc.). Students are expected to prepare thoroughly for these discussions beforehand by means of a presentation and a summary of the reading list. The work group sessions are compulsory. Attendance is compulsory for all work group sessions. Students may on rare occasions swap groups if the course coordinator believes there are compelling reasons to do so. Students who miss 1 or 2 work group sessions (irrespective of whether this was due to circumstances beyond their control), will have 0.5 points deducted for each session missed from the second unit of assessment (= the combined mark for the presentation and the paper). Students who miss more than 2 of the 8 work group sessions, and/or the work group session at which they were supposed to give their presentation, will earn a mark of 1 for the second unit of assessment (= the combined mark for the presentation and the paper), irrespective of the marks they have obtained for any other assignments. In this case, the student will have to follow the entire series of work group sessions the next time this course is offered.

Assessment method

Examination (open questions); 2 papers; participation in work group sessions. The examination and the papers both have to be completed successfully.
The final grade is calculated by combining the examination grade (50%) and the work group sessions grade (together 50%, of which 40% for the papers and 10% for participation).

Regulations on grade calculations

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

  • Hammen, C., Watkins, E. (2007). Depression. Psychology Press, 2. – 272 pages Paperback: 978-0-415-41973-4

  • Emmelkamp, P.M.G., Kamphuis, J.H. (2007). Personality Disorders. Psychology Press, 1. 272 p. Paperback: 978-0-415-38519-0

  • Rachman, S.J. (2013). Anxiety. Psychology Press, 3. 224 p. Paperback: 978-0-415-69708-8

  • Teesson, M., Hall, W., Proudfoot, H., Degenhardt, L. (2012). Addictions. Psychology Press, 2. 164 p. Paperback: 978-0-415-58300-8

  • All the materials covered in the lectures

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