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Psychology: Clinical Psychology

Important note:
This description is not fully up-to-date for the academic year 2021-2022. Updates will be published shortly.

Description

Clinical Psychology is “a field that is concerned with the application of psychological science to the assessment and treatment of mental disorders” (American Psychological Association, 1991). In clinical psychological research, factors that are causally involved in the occurrence, maintenance, and treatment of mental disorders are studied. In evidence-based clinical practice this knowledge is applied in the treatment of different forms of psychopathology in various settings.

Objectives

The major aim of this specialisation is to provide students with a theoretical background and basic skills for clinical psychology research, assessment and interventions. This includes the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology. Students acquire advanced research skills by participating in a clinical psychology research project. Completion of the MSc degree will prepare the student for subsequent academic degrees, including a PhD. Read more on the Master’s Programme – Clinical Psychology.

Curriculum

The curriculum of 60 EC offers a variety of courses and a supervised master thesis. The specialisation consists of:

  • 4 mandatory courses (20 EC)

  • thesis (20 EC)

  • practical internship (10 EC) ánd 10 EC elective course(s) or a clinical practical internship (20 EC)

Mentorate

A mentor is assigned to all students doing a Clinical Master. Appointments with the mentor are mandatory. The mentor supervises the student and the progress of the study. The mentor is the person to contact if the student has questions about the study. He can also be approached for personal questions about study and profession.

Master's Kick Off

At this day (beginning of September for students starting in September / late January for students starting in February) your attendance is strongly advised.

During the Master's Kick Off you will be handed important information on how to organise your studies at Leiden University. A representative of your specialisation will be present. You do not want to miss this!

Master's Kick-Off

First year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

Basic Therapeutic Skills 5
Clinical Interviewing and Assessment 5
Experimental Clinical Psychology 5
Cognitive Behaviour Interventions 5
Master Thesis in MSc. Psychology 20

Choose one of the following options as internship

Clinical Practical Internship Psychology 20
Internship Psychology 10
Internal Practical Internship (IPI) 10

Recommended electives

If you choose to do an internship of 10 EC, add 10 EC electives.
See overview of all electives

Trainers Course Communication Skills 10
e-Health Interventions in Mental Health Care 5

More info

Additional information

Contact

Mentor

A mentor is assigned to all students doing a Clinical Master. Appointments with the mentor are mandatory. The mentor supervises the student and the progress of the study. The mentor is the person to contact if the student has questions about the study. She can also be approached for personal questions about study and profession.
Dr. Anne van Giezen giezen@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Dr. N. Garnefski garnefski@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Thesis coordinator

Dr. Anne van Giezen giezen@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Internship coordinator

Dr. Anne van Giezen klistage@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Study coordinator

Dr. Joanne Mouthaan j.mouthaan@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Student representative

Find your student representative in the overview of programme committee members: Student representative

Career Perspective

A master's degree in Psychology at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with academic and professional skills, making you an attractive candidate for many employers.

After this MSc specialisation, you will have the basic skills needed for the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression. In addition, you will have theoretical knowledge of clinical research and of the psychological factors that are involved in the development and maintenance of common mental disorders. You will be able to analyze psychological problems, to evaluate clinical research and report on clinical issues. With these knowledge and skills you may work as a clinician under supervision and you qualify for further post-master training. You are also prepared for a career in psychological research.

See our website for possible career positions.