The master’s programme in Psychology in Leiden focuses both on in-depth study of psychological theory as well as on the acquisition of professional and research skills. Students develop their knowledge of psychology as a science and its application in order to effectively address relevant issues.
Students can choose one specialisation when applying for the master's programme in Psychology. All specialisations are part of one MSc in Psychology and grant the same degree. It is therefore possible to follow, and graduate in, only one specialisation.
About our specialisations
The one year master’s programme in Psychology offers ten specialisations. Five of these qualify students to apply psychological knowledge in a professional business setting. Career possibilities exist for example in the fields of marketing, research & development, data science, human resources or consultancy
Moreover, another five specialisations are focused on mental health care and qualify students for the Dutch post-master training programme in Mental Health Care psychology (GZ-opleiding). These are Child and Adolescent Psychology, School Psychology, Health and Medical Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology.
What does this master programme entail?
The distinctive feature of the Leiden master’s programme is that the teaching is not restricted to only the functioning of psychological processes; these processes are always connected to their behavioural consequences, with the aim of understanding self-regulation and behavioural control.
In line with the profile of Leiden University as a research-intensive institution, the teaching programme of the master’s programme in Psychology 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 master’s degrees, including a PhD.
Reasons to choose Psychology at Leiden University
- The Psychology programme in Leiden offers a wide range of areas to specialise in.
- The specialisation in the programme can have a focus on mental health care or on the application of psychological knowledge in professional settings.
- The programme offers 5 specialisations that all prepare students for a post master education in Mental Healthc Care psychology (gz-opleiding) and a subsequent career in this field as a licensed therapist.
- Research and education are very closely tied at Leiden University. In each area within psychology, research units exist that investigate psychological phenomena on which the teaching is based.
- The main objective of the master's programme in Psychology is to equip students with both research and methodological skills as well as professional skills which make graduates attractive candidates for a multitude of employers