Master of Psychology: Theory and Research

KU Leuven - University of Leuven

Program Description

Master of Psychology: Theory and Research

KU Leuven - University of Leuven

The program of the new Research master “Master of Psychology: Theory and Research” aims to guide students to become independent researchers in psychological science through the realization of two objectives:

  • a thorough training in statistics and research methodology;
  • the in-depth study of the basic disciplines of psychology, supplemented with a specialization in perception, cognition and language, emotion, cross-cultural psychology,neuroscience, learning psychology, or in quantitative psychology.

In addition to individual and group-based coursework, students become immersed in ongoing multidisciplinary research at the faculty.

Topics for master's theses and internships range from fundamental to very applied in nature, and allow the student to sculpt the programme according to his own personal research interests.

General objectives

1) Students will acquire advanced knowledge of the basic domains of psychological research. They will understand how research results are established, from the conception of research questions to the dissemination of results.

2) Students will become proficient to gather relevant information from the research literature, critically evaluate information, and actively use this information to generate novel research and theory. They will learn how to deal with questions about psychological functioning in an independent and scientific way. This will involve analyzing concrete problems, asking critical questions, designing and implementing appropriate methodologies and interventions, and developing well-reasoned arguments about their social views.

3) Students will be prepared to independently develop their skills in psychology as a science and as an evidence-based practice.

General learning outcomes

1) Students can gain insight in theory and research in the basic domains of psychology and their chosen areas of specialization.

2) Students can critically examine scientific developments in psychology and argue their scientific views and decisions. They can apply this knowledge the analysis of specific psychological problems.

3) Students know and understand the methodology of behavioral science research, both in terms of general principles and data analysis, its potential and limitations. They can apply this knowledge both in the processing of their own research data and in the critical reading of that of others.

4) Students acquire a general scientific attitude, effective communication and reporting skills, personal maturity and sensitivity to ethical and moral issues associated with psychology and the scientific profession.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
Full time
890 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Belgium Leuven
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