MSc Psychology


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Program Description

The one-year programme distinguishes itself by the fact that students are not only taught about the functioning of psychological processes, but that they also learn to connect these processes to behavioural consequences, with the aim of understanding self-regulation and behavioural control.

This means that you will develop knowledge of psychology as a science, and that you will also learn to apply this knowledge to practical problems and to develop effective interventions.

Profile of the master's programme in Psychology

The teaching programme is based on state-of-the art scientific research and maintains a strong emphasis on the acquisition of academic and research skills.

Completion of the MSc degree prepares students for subsequent academic degrees, including a PhD.


  • Applied Cognitive Psychology (MSc)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology (MSc)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology (MSc)
  • Clinical Psychology (MSc)
  • Economic and Consumer Psychology (MSc)
  • Health and Medical Psychology (MSc)
  • Methodology and Statistics in Psychology (MSc)
  • Occupational Health Psychology (MSc)
  • School Psychology (MSc)
  • Social and Organisational Psychology (MSc)

Objectives of the master’s programme in Psychology

The objective of the master’s programme in Psychology is to equip students with advanced training in research methods and professional skills that prepare them both for a career involving psychological research as well as for the application of scientific knowledge and methods in various professional settings.

Training is provided in all relevant skills, including reviewing the relevant literature, applying theoretical knowledge to analyse practical problems, developing hypotheses and writing research proposals, designing and carrying out empirical studies, designing and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, conducting advanced statistical analyses, and presenting results and recommendations.

Five reasons to study a master's specialisation in Psychology

  • Education and research are closely connected at Leiden University. This means that teaching is often done by top researchers and it means that our students get acquainted with research throughout the whole study programme.
  • You will combine scientific knowledge and various research- and practical skills like observation, presentation and interview techniques, but also argumentation.
  • In our teaching, we offer a variety of teaching formats: lectures, work groups, practicals, and individual supervision. We use modern ICT tools and blended learning to support our teaching in the master's programme.
  • You will receive intensive study guidance from study advisers, and internship and thesis mentors.
  • You will enrich yourself in an international classroom and you will get to know students and teachers with different cultural backgrounds. This offers an extra learning experience while there are almost 50 different nationalities within the master's programme in Psychology.
Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national an ... Read More

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you. We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose! Read less
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