Psychology: Career Prospects

Upon successful completion of your Bachelor's programme, you are awarded the title of Bachelor of Science. Most students then choose to continue their studies with a Master's programme. The Master's programme in Psychology comprises five one-year Master's tracks:

Master's track in Work and Organisational Psychology

Students who successfully complete the Master's track in Work and Organisational Psychology find work in HR and organisational departments for large companies. This includes positions such as HR manager, trainer, teacher, selection psychologist or internal management consultant. You can also work for a management consultancy as a coach or an external management consultant. Selection firms, educational institutions or research institutions are also potential employers. Work and organisational psychologists are also much sought after for general management positions.

Master's track in Clinical Developmental Psychology

Where do clinical developmental psychologists work?

As a graduate of clinical developmental psychology, you can work as a basic psychologist in the field of mental healthcare and general healthcare at a primary care facility or a mental healthcare institution. More and more clinical development psychologists are working in schools and school counselling services as a policy officer or as a researcher in the field of clinical developmental psychology. As a clinical developmental psychologist, you are optimally capable of connecting theory and practice with regard to diagnosing problems in children and adolescents, selecting the right interventions and treatment, and advising parents, teachers, healthcare practitioners and policy implementers. You will have systematically learned to collect clinically relevant information and to communicate the essence of this information to people at all levels.

Clinical neuropsychology

Where do clinical neuropsychologists work? Have you completed a Master's programme in clinical neuropsychology? If so, then you will most likely get a job in a general or children's hospital, a rehabilitation centre, a nursing home or a mental healthcare institution. Nowadays, issues involving neuropsychology are becoming more and more common in the professional field. As a result, there is a wealth of opportunities on the job market for graduates of clinical neuropsychology. Once you have gained professional experience, you can take a variety of postgraduate programmes that enable you to gain a range of Dutch Healthcare Professionals (BIG) registrations. Within the field of scientific research, there are also many opportunities for specialisation by means of a doctoral track.

Clinical psychology

Where do clinical psychologists work? Clinical psychologists work in the field of mental healthcare and related disciplines. The most common professional fields for a clinical psychologist are the treatment, examination and diagnosis of patients with psychological disorders and psychosocial problems in mental healthcare institutions, psychiatric hospitals and primary care psychologist practices. Clinical psychologists work in the justice system, providing treatment in secure hospitals and conducting prisoner risk assessments, and also for the police and the army for the purposes of training, preventative measures, treatment of PTSD etc. Clinical psychologists also work in the business sector, in fields such as prevention, coaching, assessment and training. In addition, clinical psychologists work in

Psychology: Master's track in Social Psychology

Social psychologists can fulfil a broad range of positions. These include coach, trainer, mediator, fundraiser or management consultant. Furthermore, social psychologists often find work as policy advisors for municipal or central government. Other potential fields include communications advice, information provision and journalism. You can also work as a researcher at a university, a market-research agency or for the government. Social psychologists are also much sought after for general management functions.

Research

Naturally, you could choose to go into scientific research by completing one of the following two-year research Master's programmes: Social Psychology, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology, Neurosciences or Cognitive Science. You can read more about the research Master's programmes here.

Postgraduate programmes

Would you like to become a clinical psychologist or a healthcare psychologist? If so, then after graduation, you must complete an intensive postgraduate programme lasting from two to five years. Only then can you be registered by the government as an official practitioner. This option is predominantly chosen by clinical psychologists, clinical child and youth psychologists and clinical neuropsychologists. There is also a wide variety of programmes available that can train you in particular types of therapy or management