Why this programme?
The master’s in Mental Health prepares you for a career in general and mental healthcare or scientific research. You can tailor the programme to your ambitions, by doing a clinical internship or by taking more classes. You can also select one of two specialisations: adult psychopathology or child and adolescent psychopathology. Each of these specialisations can be completed in one year for a full-time student and two years for a part-time student.
Multidisciplinary and practice-oriented
The programme is characterised by a multidisciplinary, scientific approach to mental health issues and further builds on the knowledge and skills already acquired regarding psychological disorders, theoretical models and therapeutic approaches developed during the bachelor's phase. The programme provides graduates with the education and the practical skills necessary to assess and manage various mental healthcare problems, treatments and systems. In addition to knowledge acquisition, the master's programme in Mental Health focuses on learning essential skills in the areas of diagnostics, intervention and research. The various courses therefore also include skills training. The programme also gives students the opportunity to do a clinical internship.
The Mental Health programme collaborates with a variety of healthcare institutions to provide clinical internships for master's students. This internship is important, because it is one of the perquisites for admission into several post-graduate mental healthcare programmes. In the Netherlands, you'll need at least 520 clinical internship hours to be admitted into these programmes. For more information about the admissions criteria for post-graduate training programmes, please consult the following websites:
My dream career is to be a psychologist who helps people that suffer from multiple traumas.
Mental Health student Stéphanie van Zandvoort posts weekly about her experiences.
She's happy to answer your questions about the programme or about (student) life in Maastricht.