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Specialisation Positive Clinical Psychology and Technology


From studies on the effects of social media to rising rates of anxiety and depression, it is clear that the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing is a vital need in our modern world.

In this specialisation, you will develop the clinical skills necessary to understand and treat psychological disorders. With an emphasis on the practical, you will learn how to set a clinical diagnosis and write a treatment plan. You will gain proficiency in different conversation techniques, and in the use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in treating clients. In this course, we offer two unique emphases: Positive Clinical Psychology and technology. At the UT, we believe that positive mental health will make people more resilient and productive, lowering the risk of psychological disorders. We also understand the centrality of technology in mental healthcare, and the necessity of understanding its advantages and pitfalls, and potential applications in a clinical setting.  Overall, you will become a strong ‘scientist-practitioner’ – a people-oriented, tech-savvy psychologist, able to help many of those in need. 

Selection procedure for admission master’s specialisation PCPT September 2022 (onwards)

As of the academic year 2022-2023, the master's specialisation in Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology will use a selection procedure. The procedure aims to admit students who consciously choose the field of work of a health care psychologist and for whom the Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology specialisation is a suitable program.

If you meet the formal admission criteria, we will check, based on the materials you submit and, on an interview, whether you are also suitable for the program based on several qualitative admission criteria:

  1. Technology in mental health care skills – assignment & interview
  2. Communication and reflection skills - interview
  3. Relevant earlier accomplishments – grades for relevant/specific study components required for PCPT specialisation
  4. Intrinsic motivation – motivation letter & interview

Based on (the formal prerequisites and) the selection criteria, a selection committee decides on the ranking for admission. Candidates get a rank number on the placement list, and candidates with a rank number up to the maximal number of available places (70 students starting September and 70  students starting February) will be offered a place in the PCPT master’s specialisation. Candidates can take part in the selection procedure no more than three times.

Details about the formal prerequisites, how to apply, deadlines for admission/documents etc. will be communicated via this website in the autumn of 2021. 

(update July 2021)


The first semester consists of 30EC courses. The second semester of the programme includes a master’s thesis and (if applicable/possible) a (clinical) internship.

                            Semester 1

                        Semester 2

Quartile 1A

Quartile 1B

Quartile 2A

Quartile 2B

7,5 EC

Positive Clinical Psychology

7,5 EC

Positive Behavioural Therapy

Internship PCPT

7,5 EC

Compassionate Technology in Mental Health Care

5 EC

Advanced Research Methods for PHT

Master's thesis PCPT

2,5 EC

Personal Reflection & Development


With the clinical knowledge and skills you acquire in this track, you will have a wide range of career options to choose from in clinical psychology. Following graduation, you will meet the (theoretical) requirements for the training to become a qualified Healthcare Psychologist (‘GZ opleiding’ in Dutch). You can start as a psychologist in mental healthcare, a hospital, or a forensic institute. There are numerous other paths to take, such as working as a counsellor, advisor, or coach.

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