Selection & Placement
The Bachelor programme Psychology will admit a limited number of students (Numerus Fixus). A selection process will determine which applicants best fit our programme. Also, it is a good way for you to discover if Psychology in Leiden is the programme for you.
The Institute of Psychology bases the selection on 2 criteria:
- The grade average of your secondary school (60%);
- The results of our Online Assessment (40%).
The higher your grades and the better your results on the Online Assessment, the better your chances of being offered a place into our programme.
Please note that if you meet the minimum admission requirements you will receive a positive admission statement after you have submitted an application. This admission statement does not mean that you are automatically placed in the programme, as this also depends on the selection process. The selection process will begin after the deadline of 15 January 2023.
Did you submit a complete application before the deadline? Then you can participate in the selection process. You will receive an email from the Institute of Psychology at the end of January at the latest with more information.
The Online Assessment will take place in Brightspace on 9 and 10 February 2024. You will have exactly 3 hours to complete it. The Assessment consists of both open questions and multiple choice questions.
You can prepare for the Online Assessment via the Self Study Module in Brightspace starting from 26 January 2024. In these 2 weeks you can study literature on Psychology and watch weblectures. You can also make use of sample test questions. We expect that you will spend no more than a total of 12 hours studying the module (approximately 80 pages of literature, 90 minutes of video and sample test questions). It's not necessary nor possible to prepare for the Online Assessment before these 2 weeks of preparation start.
Please make sure that you have access to a computer, have reliable access to the internet and work in an environment which allows you to concentrate. The Online Assessment and the Self Study module do not work on tablets or smartphones.
Between the 10th of February and the 15th of April 2024, the Selection Committee of the Bachelor programme in Psychology will determine the ranking of applicants. The Online Assessment will be reviewed. This result combined with your high school grade average will result in a ranking number.
We can offer a place to 600 students, divided between the Dutch and the English version of the Bachelor. The lower your ranking number, the better your chances of being offered a place in our programme.
You will be informed about your ranking number through Studielink on the 15th of April 2024. If a student withdraws or turns down an offer, their place will be offered to the next student in line. This means that places will be offered throughout the period April 15 to August 31. If you are offered a place, you have fourteen days to accept or decline, so remember to check your email and spam folder regularly from 15 April onwards.
Please read carefully the Rules and Regulations of the selection process of the Bachelor programme Psychology 2024-2025 (available before 1 October 2023). This document specifies the requirements you must meet in order to participate in the selection process and the procedures that are used to determine your ranking number.
As of 15 April 2024 the current status of the placement process for the upcoming academic year will be published here.