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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology at University of Groningen

How can intervention prevent burnout in medical students? Can mindfulness support patients in dealing with chronic disease? How can we predict obesity in young children?

Do you want to find the answers to these types of questions andare you interested in conducting research in the fields ofepidemiology, public health, health psychology, or psychiatry witha strong focus on mental and physical health?
Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (CPE) is a selectivetwo-year research master that was rated first in its category in the Dutch Higher Education Guide 2017! The programme is unique in the sense that students are encouraged to focus on their individualdevelopment as a researcher. Therefore, classes are taught in smallgroups. Students can choose additional courses that suit theirpersonal interests and moreover, research will be conducted side byside with scientists who are leading experts in their field.
Mental and physical health and the reciprocal relationship betweenthese two form the basis of the programme. There is a strong focuson prevention, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mentalhealth conditions. The central idea is that psychological,biological and social aspects all play a role in any physicalcondition. Students conduct research in several populations,including children, adults and elderly, with or without a physicalor mental condition.

How can intervention prevent burnout in medical students? Can mindfulness support patients in dealing with chronic disease? How can we predict obesity in young children?

Do you want to find the answers to these types of questions andare you interested in conducting research in the fields ofepidemiology, public health, health psychology, or psychiatry witha strong focus on mental and physical health?

Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (CPE) is a selectivetwo-year research master that was rated first in its category in the Dutch Higher Education Guide 2017! The programme is unique in the sense that students are encouraged to focus on their individualdevelopment as a researcher. Therefore, classes are taught in smallgroups. Students can choose additional courses that suit theirpersonal interests and moreover, research will be conducted side byside with scientists who are leading experts in their field.
Mental and physical health and the reciprocal relationship betweenthese two form the basis of the programme. There is a strong focuson prevention, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mentalhealth conditions. The central idea is that psychological,biological and social aspects all play a role in any physicalcondition. Students conduct research in several populations,including children, adults and elderly, with or without a physicalor mental condition.

After your studies

Job prospects

For those students interested, you can choose to take courses tobecome a registered Epidemiologist A. You can find specificinformation about the epidemiologist training programme here: http://www.rug.nl/(...)emiology/epitraining

Your master thesis can function as the basis of your own PhDproposal. High-ranking students will be offered a full scholarshipto continue with a three-year PhD programme at the UMCG!

If you do not wish to continue as a researcher, there are plentyof other opportunities. Alumni currently work as consultants for the World Health Organization (WHO), policy officers in thegovernment, consultants for pharmaceutical or biotechnologicalcompanies or as university teachers.

For those students interested, you can choose to take courses tobecome a registered Epidemiologist A. You can find specific information about theepidemiologist training programme here.

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Entry requirements

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Admission requirements

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language test

Students must meet the English language requirements statedbelow:

  • IELTS overall band 6.5
  • TOEFL paper based 580
  • TOEFL computer based 237
  • TOEFL internet based 92
  • Cambridge English: CAE or CPE Certificate
  • International Baccalaureate, with English as the medium ofinstruction
previous education

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Bio(medical) sciences,Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Sciences, Psychology, SocialSciences, Human Movement Sciences, Life Sciences, Biology

reference letter

Students need to submit one letter of recommendation by an academic or previous supervisor

other admission requirements

Non-EU students may apply for a scholarship for CPE. The processof obtaining a scholarship is highly selective and non-EU studentswill need to indicate within their letter of motivation whether they depend on a scholarschip in order to be able to enroll in CPEor not. Furthermore it is wise to motivate why we should select youfor a scholarship.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Students who hold a VWO level high school diploma includingEnglish, meet the English language requirement

previous education

Bio(medical) sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Sciences,Psychology, Social Sciences, Human Movement Sciences, LifeSciences, Biology

reference letter

Students need to submit one letter of recommendation by an academic or previous supervisor

Registration procedure

After you complete your application, the selection committeewill assess whether your educational/academic background andmotivation meet the specific programme requirements. If so,students will be invited to take part in an interview during which they can present their research (Bachelor thesis) and elaborate on their motivation to become a researcher. In addition, admissiblestudents should complete and pass an online statistics test inwhich basic statistical knowledge is tested.

For enrollment, please note that you have to apply for theprogramme via Studielink. Studentwith a Dutch degree should, after applying via Studielink, send ane-mail to cpe@umcg.nl for further instructions aboutthe application procedure.

If you are applying with a foreign (non-Dutch) degree, pleasefinalize your application in our Online ApplicationSystem. More information about which steps to take as an internationalstudent can be found here.

After you complete your application, the selection committeewill assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements. If so, students are required tosubmit a letter of motivation and one letter of recommendation froman academic. After evaluating these documents, the selectioncommittee decides whether a student is invited for aninterview.

For enrollment, please not that you have to apply for theprogramme via Studielink.Afterwards, please send an email to cpe@umcg.nl forfurther instructions about the application procedure.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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