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Reduce personal suffering of patients with mental disorders

Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology (Research)

Are you ready to unravel the different perspectives on psychopathology and the developmental origins of mental health? Are you highly motivated and up for a truly challenging research programme? And do you have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Education or a related discipline?

Then the Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology Research Master’s may be the programme for you!

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree or bachelor's degree at another university)

    Admission requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or Education
    • Related academic bachelor’s degree (approved by the admissions committee)
    • Completed introductory level course in clinical diagnosis and assessment of mental health problems and risks
    • GPA of 7.5 (e.g. B) or higher, with an 8 (B+) or higher for your final thesis
    • A satisfactory result in the entrance assignment (see below).
    • Proven proficiency in English, see language proficiency requirements
    • A written motivational letter, explaining the choice for this Research Master
    • Two letters of recommendation from a professor of the university at which the applicant has undertaken the primary degree
    • A personal interview may be part of the application procedure if the committee judges it necessary

    Additional requirements

    • Also eligible to apply are applicants in the final year of their academic bachelor’s programme, provided that the degree will be conferred prior to the start of the Research Master’s programme in September. These applicants have to provide a provisional record of courses and grades, signed by the university’s student administrator. 
    • Methods and statistics are an essential part of our programme. A quick test will give you an insight in what skills and knowledge are required to successfully take part in our programme.

    How to apply?

    Selection assignment   
    Soon after we have received your request for admission you will be sent the selection assignment. This involves the study of an empirical scientific article and the discussion of research ideas related to it. You will have two weeks to complete the assignment and return it to us. The Admissions Committee will then evaluate your assignment, as well as the information you provided with your request of admission. You will be notified of the result in two weeks time, and we also notify the central student administration, so they can update your status in Studylink.

    Admissions Committee
    The Admissions committee will evaluate your application, and in case of a positive decision, send you an official Admission letter. We will also inform the central student administration, and they will update your status in Studielink.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Send required documents (the initial application procedure is fully online so scans of the documents will be needed):

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivation letter
    • Two recommendation letters from academic staff
    • Transcript of records, including grades and credits (ECTS)
    • Thesis (if available)
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents)

    Selection assignment   
    Soon after we have received your request for admission you will be sent the selection assignment. This involves the study of an empirical scientific article and the discussion of research ideas related to it. You will have two weeks to complete the assignment and return it to us. The Admissions Committee will then evaluate your assignment, as well as the information you provided with your request of admission. You will be notified of the result in two weeks time, and we also notify the central student administration, so they can update your status in Studylink.

    Admissions Committee
    The Admissions committee will evaluate your application, and in case of a positive decision, send you an official Admission letter. We will also inform the central student administration, and they will update your status in Studielink.

    The deadlines for application:
    Deadline for submitting application in Studielink and in VUnet: 31 May.
    Deadline for completing your enrolment (including payment of tuition fees): 31 August.

  • I have an international degree

    Admission requirements

    • bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or Education
    • Related academic bachelor’s degree (approved by the admissions committee)
    • Completed introductory level course in clinical diagnosis and assessment of mental health problems and risks
    • GPA of 7.5 (e.g. B) or higher, with an 8 (B+) or higher for your final thesis
    • A satisfactory result in the entrance assignment (see below)
    • Proven proficiency in English, see language proficiency requirements
    • A written motivational letter, explaining the choice for this Research Master
    • Two letters of recommendation from a professor of the university at which the applicant has undertaken the primary degree
    • A personal interview may be part of the application procedure if the committee judges it necessary

    Additional requirements

    • Methods and statistics are an essential part of our programme. A quick test will give you an insight in what skills and knowledge are required to successfully take part in our programme

    English language proficiency
    The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. As you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and for international companies.

    VU Amsterdam requires all applicants who have not completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia to take an English language test and to submit their score as part of their application. You can apply online for the Master's programme without having the English test results yet. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the programme:  

    IELTS (academic): 6,5

    TOEFL

    • Paper based test 580 
    • Internet based test 92-93  

    Cambridge English

    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C 
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

    The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. The test is offered by the VU Taalloket. You can find more information and register for this test at www.taalloket.nl.  

    Grants and scholarships
    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarschips and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl. 

    Note that deadlines for the scholarships are/may be earlier than those for application to the programme.

    International Student and Alumni Ambassadors
    Our International Student and Alumni Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU Amsterdam and living in Amsterdam.

    • Our Student Ambassadors are current students at VU Amsterdam that represent a wide variety of programmes and countries.
    • Our International Alumni Ambassadors are VU Amsterdam graduates who are currently either working in the Netherlands or abroad, or doing a PhD or (second) Master's.

    You will find the full overview of our Ambassadors here: vu.nl/ambassadors. There you can chat with them directly.

  • Application with an international degree

    Application procedure for international degree holders

    If you have read the admission requirements and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

    The deadlines for application are as follows:

    • 1 April: Students who need a study visa and/or a residence permit.
    • 1 June : Non-EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need a study visa/residence permit.
    • 1 June : EU/EEA or Dutch students with an international degree.

    Step 1: Prepare documents and apply online
    Please prepare the following documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English in pdf-format.

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivation letter
    • Two recommendation letters by academic staff
    • Transcript of records, including grades and credits (ECTS)
    • Thesis
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education. Please use this form. 
    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. In Studielink you can apply for the Master Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology and in VUnet you can submit your documents and pay the application fee. After you have completed the application in VUnet, our international student advisors will contact you via e-mail.

    Selection assignment    
    Soon after we have received your request for admission you will be sent the selection assignment. This involves the study of an empirical scientific article and the discussion of research ideas related to it. You will have two weeks to complete the assignment and return it to us. The Admissions Committee will then evaluate your assignment, as well as the information you provided with your request of admission. You will be notified of the result in two weeks time, and we also notify the central student administration, so they can update your status in Studielink.

    Step 2: Await decision on admission

    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

    Step 3: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!

    Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation What to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

    See the VU website for the application procedure. 

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences for questions and practical information: toelatingscommissie.fgb@vu.nl

For general questions, please send an e-mail to contact@vu.nl.

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.fbms@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme.

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on vu.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl.

Contact

  • Jet van der Wouden
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
  • masters.fbms@vu.nl