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First Year

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Compulsory courses

Internship can be 10 or 20EC.

Basic Therapeutic Skills 5
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 5
Psychological Assessment and Interventions in Chronic Disease 5
Cognitive-Behavioural Interventions 5
Master Thesis in MSc. Psychology 20
Internship Psychology 10 / 20

Recommended elective(s):

If an Internship of 10EC is chosen, add 10EC electives.
See overview of all electives

Trainers Course Communication Skills 10
Health Psychology in Practice 5
Innovations in eHealth Care 5

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Timetables Masters

Additional information


This is a specialisation of the master’s programme of Psychology.

Health Psychology is a new and rapidly developing sub-discipline of Psychology. It can be described as “the aggregate of the specific educational, scientific and professional contributions of the discipline of Psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, the identification of aetiological and diagnostic correlates of health and illness and related dysfunction, and the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy” (Matarazzo, 1982).

The major aim of this MSc specialisation is to provide students with a theoretical and practical background for health psychology research and interventions. This includes the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to health promotion and disease prevention, to the well being of the physically ill and the self-management of chronic diseases. Students acquire advanced research skills by participating in a health psychology research project. Completion of the MSc degree will prepare the student for subsequent academic degrees, including a PhD. Master’s Programme – Health Psychology.


  • The curriculum of the basic master programme Health Psychology consists of a variety of courses and a master thesis. These are:

    • mandatory courses (20 EC)
    • master thesis (20 EC)
    • master internship (10 or 20 EC)
    • when an internship of 10 EC is chosen, electives (10 EC) are compulsory
  • For Dutch students it is important to mind the training requirements for post-master vocational training in health care in their choices of courses.

  • Information for foreign students (pdf).

  • Students of this specialisation can find more information on the website of the unit of Clinical, Health and Neuropsychology.

Elective Courses

Choose up to 10 EC, depending on the length of your internship, from the elective courses


Students can choose to do an Internship for 10 or 20 EC. An Internship for 20 EC includes Organisational, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Health Care and supervision on BAPD-reports. If you choose an internship for 10 ec, you complete the programme with 10 ec elective courses. For more information, or if you have any specific questions, please contact the study coordinator of your specialisation.


For more detailed information about the specialisation Health psychology please contact:

Purchasing study material

The books are available at a discount via the study association Labyrint on presentation of your Labyrint membership pass. Otherwise they can be bought from academic booksellers.