Are you inspired to conduct high-quality innovative research with a strong focus on mental and physical health? And do you aspire to work alongside world-renowned researchers who are absolute leaders in their field? In other words, do you want to become a leader in science? Join our research master Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology!

Mental and physical health and the reciprocal relationship between these two form the basis of the program. The central idea is that psychological, biological and social aspects all play a role in any physical or mental condition. The CPE program trains students to solve current health issues by applying innovative research designs and statistical techniques while making use of state-of-the-art facilities in a truly multidisciplinary setting. There is a strong focus on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of physical and mental health conditions, taking clinical, public health, and psychosocial factors into consideration. Our students work with existing large databases or collect their own data among people with or without a chronic disease, across the whole age range.

There are four research departments involved within CPE: epidemiology, public health, health psychology, and psychiatry. Top researchers from these four departments teach the courses, giving students the opportunity to fully acquaint themselves with different fields of research. In the second semester, students will get to choose in which department they would like to conduct their research for their master thesis project, becoming part of the department’s research group. Students will learn to design their own Ph.D. project as part of the program, which makes them well-qualified to attain a Ph.D. position anywhere in the world. The best students will be offered the opportunity to continue with a Ph.D. at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).

We pride ourselves on the fact that there is a lot of personal attention for our students. The program is built in a way that strongly encourages students to focus on their individual development as a researcher, in a unique and multidisciplinary setting. Because CPE is a small-scale program, every student is known by their name and has ample opportunity for interactions and discussions with the teaching staff. Our student landscape is just one more truly unique asset to the program. This fully-equipped space is dedicated to the master students of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences, in which they can gather, discuss projects, and study. Since it is located just across the hall from the Research Masters Office, students can easily drop by the office to ask any questions they have about their program.

As of September 2019, the CPE program will offer a new track called CPE Track Health Systems and Prevention. This track bridges the research focus of CPE with that of health systems, health policy, and prevention. The program is a collaboration between the University Medical Center Groningen and the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health. HSP Track students follow the basic CPE program, but with a focus on health systems and prevention. This focus is mainly incorporated in the Master Thesis project, which for HSP students also includes an internship at a non-academic (Health) organization, the elective courses and the research meetings.

So, do you imagine yourself becoming part of our research community? Apply now!

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Pioneering in research side by side top-researchers of the University Medical Center Groningen
  • A unique program that connects clinical, public health and psychosocial theory with methodological knowledge
  • Multidisciplinary environment
  • Learn to use innovative techniques to resolve contemporary health issues
  • A small-scale program focusing on your individual development
  • The opportunity to fully immerse yourself in a research topic of your own choice
  • Possibility to obtain a Ph.D. position

Program

Year 1

The first year starts with solidifying your basis in psychology, medicine, and epidemiology. Strong attention is also given to epidemiological research methods and statistics.

Courses

  • Basics in Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (8 EC)
  • Clinical Epidemiology (10 EC)
  • Master Thesis project proposal (13 EC)
  • Psychosocial Epidemiology (12 EC)

Year 2

The second-year mainly consists of the master thesis project: data collection, data analyses and writing of the thesis. During the master thesis project, students choose some elective courses based on their area of interest, background knowledge, and the topic of their project within the departments of Public Health, Health Psychology, Epidemiology, or Psychiatry.

Courses

  • Coaching Groups (5 EC)
  • Master Thesis Project (39 EC)
  • Research Tools (7 EC)
  • Seminar and Research Meeting (2 EC)
  • Specialization Courses (11 EC)
  • Writing a successful research proposal (8 EC)

Study load

40 hours of class and self-study per week on average

Curriculum

Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology consists of both mandatory and elective courses.

Depending on your knowledge, you will learn about the basics of medicine or the basics of psychology and psychosocial factors. Apart from broadening your knowledge in the field of health and the determinants of health, you will explore the fields of Public Health, Health Psychology, Community and Occupational Medicine, and Psychiatric Epidemiology. Strong attention is given to epidemiological research methods and statistics. You will be able to choose additional courses to suit your particular interests. Your individual development as a researcher is central to the program and therefore you will be conducting research side by side with scientists who are leading experts in their field. Moreover, CPE is situated in the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), which means that you can benefit from a unique and interesting clinical setting and a unique availability of large data cohorts.

During the second year, you will write your master thesis, which can function as the basis of your own Ph.D. proposal. High-ranking students will be offered a full scholarship to continue with a fully funded three-year Ph.D. program!

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

An internship (abroad) is among the possibilities. Our international network stretches across Europe, and from Latin America to Asia!

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test Students who hold a VWO level high school diploma including English, meet the English language requirement.
Previous education Bio(medical) sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences, Human Movement Sciences, Life Sciences, Biology, Sociology, Econometrics, Pedagogy, Economics, Demographical Sciences.
Reference letter Students need to submit one letter of recommendation by an academic or previous supervisor.

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test

Students must meet the English language requirements stated below:

  • IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL paper-based 580, no less than 55 on each section
  • TOEFL computer-based 237, no less than 21 on each section
  • TOEFL internet-based 92, no less than 21 on each section
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)
  • University of Groningen LCET: Minimum section scores C2 or C1 (one B2 allowed)
  • International Baccalaureate, with English as the medium of instruction
Previous education

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Bio(medical) sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences, Human Movement Sciences, Life Sciences, Biology, Sociology, Econometrics, Pedagogy, Economics, Demographical Sciences

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 process of obtaining a scholarship is highly selective and non-EU students will need to indicate within their letter of motivation whether they depend on a scholarship in order to be able to enroll in CPE or not. Make sure to motivate why we should select you for a scholarship.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) C2
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS listening 6
IELTS reading 6
IELTS writing 6
IELTS speaking 6
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 80

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 92

Registration procedure

After you complete your application, the selection committee will assess whether your educational/academic background and motivation meet the specific program 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, admissible students should complete and pass an online statistics test in which basic statistical knowledge is tested.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

non-EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 15500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

Your master thesis can function as the basis of your own Ph.D. proposal. High-ranking students will be offered a full scholarship to continue with a three-year Ph.D. program at the UMCG!

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

Research

Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology is characterized by its problem-based research; our research groups focus on the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and prevention of mental health problems. As a student, you will study and work side by side with leading scientists. You will be considered a member of one of these cutting-edge research groups and in that way gather invaluable hands-on research experience.

Fields of research

Within CPE 4 departments with different fields of research take part:

  1. Public Health
  2. Epidemiology
  3. Psychiatry
  4. Health Psychology

Examples of research questions:

  • How do people function at work having survived cancer?
  • What is the effectiveness of a family-centered approach in preventive child health care?
  • What is the impact of mental health on the school-to-work transition of young adults?
  • Can mindfulness support people in dealing with chronic disease?
  • How can patients learn to become more resilient (how can they break out of a negative mental loop)?
  • Do patients and their partners experience less depressive symptoms when they are able to share their worries?
  • How do partners deal with one of them having a chronic or life-threatening disease?

What do our students say?

“I think the best part of CPE is that you really feel what it is like to be a researcher. You can dedicate a large percentage of your study time to your research project, allowing you to really focus on doing research. In a year’s time, you become an expert on your topic. Additionally, writing a Ph.D. proposal is an integral part of this Master, making it much easier to continue your studies with a Ph.D.

My research during my Masters - and now in my Ph.D. - look at how lifestyle choices influence employment outcomes. For example: how do exercise and dietary choices affect sick leave? What I love about this is how practical it is. Sometimes research seems very theoretical, but for my research, it’s immediately clear how it can be used to make people’s lives better.”

- Patricia Ots, former CPE student, now a Ph.D. researcher at the Graduate School of Medical Sciences

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‘There are sixteen students from ten different nationalities in my year. The professors and researchers that teach us, encourage us to share ideas and to do background research on our own initiative. With success. Every student is motivated and involved.’

- Manon Schallig, CPE student

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‘It is important to share science. Topics that we research in Groningen can be of great importance to other countries and vice-versa. Talking about it leads to new perspectives and maybe even opportunities for further research by like-minded researchers.’

- Matheus Silva Gurgel do Amaral - former CPE student, now a Ph.D. researcher at the Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 6, 2019
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