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Positive Psychology and Well-being

1 year English Starts end of August

The Master's track in Positive Psychology and Well-being trains you to become a scientist-practitioner in the broad field of psychology. As a positive psychologist you focus on people’s strengths and talents, the positive aspects of human functioning. You can apply this within the broad domain of mental health services, schools and companies. This a track of the Master’s program Psychology and Mental Health.

On-campus education as of August 2021 | pleased to meet you
months between graduation and first job

National Alumni Survey, 2019 | n=25

of the graduates is (very) satisfied with their program

National Alumni Survey, 2019 | n=25

Top 50
in Psychology worldwide

Program and courses

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive in personal life, schools and universities, companies, and mental health care.

  • Study concepts like creativity, happiness, developing talents and strengths, adaptive power and psychological well-being in the context of individuals, personal life, health, education, entrepreneurship and society in general.
  • Become trained in interventions to establish happiness and behavioral change by identifying and developing people’s strengths and talents.
  • Since people with psychological problems also have healthy and strong features which can be strengthened, this new program can be considered a broadening of the three existing clinical tracks (all Dutch-taught: Clinical Psychology, Clinical Forensic Psychology, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology).
  • This Master’s track does not provide the qualification required for postdoctoral follow-up training (BAPD).

Typical courses are:

  • Introduction and Theories of Positive Psychology (6 ECTS)
  • Personal Development, Growth and Resilience (6 ECTS)
  • Positive Institutions (6 ECTS)
  • Assessment and Interventions (6 ECTS)

More on the program and courses

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Career prospects

Being able to guide positive change processes on an individual, interpersonal and organizational level (e.g. coaches, counselors, consultants and trainers), positive psychologists can be employed in the broad domain of schools, companies and mental health services.

  • Identify and stimulate talent development and motivation in schools and universities.
  • Help employees and companies to recruit the right people in the right positions, with gaining insight into their talents and strengths, or with establishing a suitable work environment for people with disabilities. 
  • Add to mental health care with a strength-oriented approach instead of a disorder-based approach. Psychologists are often one-sidedly trained in diagnosing and treating disorders, focusing on the co-morbidities and thus ignoring the fact that people with complaints are also people with talents and co-vitalities.

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 2.92
  • 84% of our alumni does find a job within 6 months after graduation
  • Employer requires a Master of Science degree: 80%
  • Gross monthly income one year after graduation: €2,504,- 
  • 84% of the graduates is (very) satisfied with the program

Source: National Alumni Survey - Master Psychology and Mental Health, 2019 | n=25

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This master's program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

  • Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Lifespan and Developmental Psychology
  • Medical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students, please find all information about the tuition fees and the scholarships available.

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