The research master’s Clinical and Health Psychology prepares you for a PhD trajectory.
Academic and research skills are trained at an advanced level. You will make an in-depth study of topics within the broad context of ‘self-regulation of health and illness’. Topics that you will investigate include: stress, symptom perception and illness, the dynamics of behavioral change, and coping with (chronic) disease. You will learn a broad variety of methods and techniques, e.g., clinical trials, neuro imaging, and longitudinal survey or intervention studies. Students who wish to pursue a career as scientist-practitioner / clinician may combine the research master with specific parts of the professional one-year master’s programmes in Clinical Psychology or in Health Psychology to qualify for post-master psychotherapy training programmes (PDO in Dutch).
“I wanted to know what makes people tick and to understand their behaviour.”
“I started studying psychology because I was interested in people. I wanted to know what makes them tick, to understand their behaviour. At first my idea was to do this through talking to them as a clinical psychologist. However, during my studies I became more and more interested in doing research on the brain and its workings, because of the fundamental role it plays in determining behaviour and the many mysteries still surrounding it. It was this interest that led me to enroll in the Research Master’s programme in Psychology, a choice that to this day has not once disappointed me.
I am currently a PhD student at Ghent University. I’m doing research in cognitive neuroscience, linking brain activation to behaviour, and so furthering our understanding of human nature. Without the Research Master’s this would not have been possible. It taught me very important research skills and enabled me to do an elaborate internship, equipping me with invaluable assets for the career to which I aspired and in which I have, thanks to my training, already taken my first steps.”
Brain scars. How trauma affects the brain.
“The practical subjects from clinical and health psychology were very useful to me as a starting psychologist.”
“In my time as a student in Leiden, from 1999 to 2003, I was a member of a student association. I learned a lot from my experiences in committees and boards. I especially enjoyed my time as a student!”
“After graduating I completed my training as health care and clinical psychologist. At the end of my internship at a large mental health institute, I was offered a job there. I enjoyed finally being able to put theory into practice. This was the first time that I saw psychotic patients and I found this particularly interesting as I couldn’t quite imagine what psychosis would be like after reading about it in text books.”
“I worked at this institute for ten years. Alongside it I worked in a primary care practice and as a Pro Justitia rapporteur. Four years ago I started my own practice. An average work week of about 32 hours looks as follows:
- Monday 20.00-23.00: online treatments, administration, processing mail
- Tuesday 08.00-17.00: appointments with clients, 20.00-23.00: online treatments, administration, processing mail
- Wednesday 08.00-17.00: appointments with clients, 20.00-23.00: online treatments, administration, processing mail
- Thursday 20.00-23.00: administration, processing mail
- Friday: telephonic consultations with colleagues throughout the day, processing mail (2 hours in total)
- Saturday: reading psychology literature
- Sunday 20.00-23.00: online treatments, administration, processing mail
Since having my own practice I am very flexible. This makes it easy to combine with having a family.