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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 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 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

Semester 1: Lectures Work group sessions Exams

Semester 2: Lectures Work group sessions Exams



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


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

Assessment method

Examination (open questions); 2 papers; participation in work group sessions. 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).

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.

Reading list

  • 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

  • Additional papers and chapters that will be made available via Blackboard.

Contact information

Dr Marc Molendijk