MSc in Psychology

The master’s programme MSc in Psychology at Leiden is a one-year programme which focuses both on in-depth study of theory and on the acquisition of professional and research skills.

Master's programme

Aim of the programme
The distinctive feature of the master's programme in Pychology is that students are not only taught about the functioning of psychological processes, but that these insights are always connected to their behavioural consequences, with the aim of understanding self-regulation and behavioural control. In this way students not only develop their knowledge of Psychology as a science, but also learn to apply this knowledge in order to understand practical problems and to develop effective interventions for dealing with these problems.

All specialisations consist of coursework (20 EC), an internship (10 or 20 EC), a thesis (20 EC) and master's electives (0 or 10 EC).

Nine specialisations
Within this master's programme students choose their specialisation out of nine.

Applied Cognitive Psychology

Are you interested in addressing and remedying important practical problems in society? Do you want to help raise people’s performance levels? You can use the knowledge you acquire in this master’s specialisation, in the areas Cognitive Enhancement and Cognitive Ergonomics.

Child and Adolescent Psychology

This masters specialisation offers intensive studies in developmental psychopathology and learning problems, and helps students translate theory into practice in addressing the varied needs and difficulties experienced by children and adolescents.

Clinical Neuropsychology

There is increasing recognition of the role neuropsychologists play in the management of brain diseases. The demand for their services is becoming greater as the population ages and medical (neuro)technology advances. Clinical neuropsychologists assess and manage the cognitive, emotional and behavioural consequences of brain disorders as a result of various neurological and psychiatric conditions.

Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology is about the assessment and treatment of mental disorders. The major aim of this master’s specialisation is to provide students with a theoretical background and basic skills for clinical psychology research, assessment and interventions.

Economic and Consumer Psychology

Our days are filled with countless decisions and the consequences of these decisions. And if this is not already hard enough by itself, companies and organisations try to influence our choices and decisions, through marketing and advertising. But how do we decide? How rational are our choices? How do we sell our own products and ideas to others? As economic behaviours overlap to a large extent with social behaviours, this master’s specialisation has a lot to offer in answering these questions.

Health Psychology

Would you like to be involved in this new and rapidly developing sub-discipline of psychology? Health Psychology can be described as: “the aggregate of the specific educational, scientific and professional contributions of the discipline of psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, the identification of etiological and diagnostic correlates of health and illness and related dysfunction, and the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy” (Matarazzo, 1982).

Methodology and Statistics

Are you interested in applying and understanding the most up-to-date methods and statistics in psychological research?

Occupational Health Psychology

Are you interested in the new but rapidly developing area within psychology, Occupational Health Psychology (OHP)? This specialisation refers to the application of psychology to protecting and promoting the safety, health, and well-being of workers. The purpose is to improving the quality of working life. OHP is designed to reflect the contemporary societal concerns for occupational health and safety.

Social and Organisational Psychology

Do you want to understand how people function in groups and organisations? In this master’s specialisation you study behaviour in formal and informal groups, such as sports or work teams. You discover how people’s thoughts, feelings and decisions are influenced by other people.

Last Modified: 01-08-2011