Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology

The Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology master is a full-time research master. The master begins with several courses to reinforce psychological or medical comprehension, before moving on to the primary focus of the programme, the research project which culminates in your Master Thesis.


We provide a hands-on approach to compliment the theoretical knowledge uptake, which provides invaluable experience within the field, together with a strategy of individual autonomy and support:

  • You will be individually linked to senior researcher within one of the research groups
  • A scientific coach will advise you on module choice and thesis topics
  • Small coaching groups meet once a week to stimulate scientific thinking and reasoning, under the guidance of the scientific coach.

There is close collaboration with important clinical research groups at RUG and several cohort studies. All aspects and stages of research are covered, including the collecting of data from actual patients, if that is what you desire.

Particular characteristics of this programme are:

  • Training for career in epidemiological research
  • Excellent research facilities
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Tuition in small groups and individual guidance by top researchers

Programme schedule

Courses year 1 Courses year 2
Public Health Epidemiology (4 EC) Writing a research proposal (8 EC)
Basics in Medicine (8 EC) Master thesis project (54 EC)
Basics in Psychology and Psychosocial Factors (8 EC) Good Clinical Practice (2 EC)
Psychiatric Epidemiology (4 EC) Project management (1 EC)
Medical statistics (3 EC) Seminars (3 EC)
Study designs in clinical epidemiology (4 EC) Coach groups (9 EC)
Health Psychology (4 EC)
Measuring Concepts in Qualitative Research (2 EC)


To apply, a bachelor in Biology, Psychology, Medicine or Pharmaceutical sciences is required. There is a selection procedure. This proceure consists of an interview and a test.

Further Information

For more information, please visit the MCs Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiologie or contact Desiree Jansen.