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. Keep an eye on this website for more information and the latest updates!
The Institute of Psychology bases the selection on 2 criteria:
- The grade average of your secondary school for the courses Dutch (for international students: your native language), English, mathematics and a fourth core subject (60%); If you have completed, or will complete a study programme abroad, then your previous education will be assessed on an individual basis after you have applied.
- The results on the final test 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 receiving a positive decision on your application by Admissions Office does not automatically mean that you are offered a place into the programme. Also keep in mind that you can only start your studies if you have been offered a place and meet the admission requirements.
Did you submit a complete application by the 15th of January 2019? Then you will be granted access to the online module which we use for the Online Assessment.
You have 2 weeks to study literature on Psychology and to watch weblectures. You can also make use of sample test questions. It's not necessary nor possible to prepare for the Online Assessment before these 2 weeks of preparation start.
After this, you will take the concluding test of the Online Assessment. You can take it either on Friday 8th or on Saturday 9th of February 2019. It is up to you to decide at what time you take the test. You have 3 hours to complete it.
Between the 10th of February and the 15th of April 2019, the Selection Committee of the Bachelor programme in Psychology will determine the ranking of applicants. The concluding test of the Online Assessment will be reviewed. This result combined with your grade average for the 4 selected courses will result in a ranking number.
We can offer a place to 675 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 2019. 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 Auguts 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.
The document "Rules and Regulations of the selection process of the Bachelor programme Psychology 2019-2020" specifies the requirements you must meet in order to participate in the selection process.