Cognitive Neuroscience (research) (MSc)
To be eligible for the Research Master's specialisation Cognitive Neuroscience, you must meet the following admission requirements.
The MSc in Psychology (Research) is a selective master. Please read the admission requirements.
Prospective students should:
- have earned the degree of Bachelor in Psychology at a Research University (not at a University of Applied Sciences / Professional Education), or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, and;
- have a high grade for the bachelor thesis and a high average grade for coursework (7.5 or higher or ranking among the top 20 per cent of your class), and;
- have sufficient knowledge of Methodology and Statistics (at least 20 EC): introductory and more advanced courses in methods and statistics of psychological research (including psychometrics, multivariate data analysis) and the use of SPSS, and;
- possess the skills, understanding and knowledge that are required for earning the bachelor’s degree; more specific within this bachelor programme the knowledge on university level of the following components:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Social and Organisational Psychology
- Personality Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Neuropsychology and/or Psychophysiology and/or Biopsychology
- Clinical and Abnormal Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Theory or training in interpersonal skills, such as interview, counselling, discussion techniques
- Theory or training in psychodiagnostics
- Advanced courses (at least 30 ec) on a third year Bachelor level on topics pertaining to the preferred master specialisation within the MSc Psychology
Students are admitted to a specific track. They can change tracks until the beginning of the second semester if they meet the conditions for this second track.
The entry requirements for current Psychology Bachelor students from Leiden University who would like to continue a master's in Leiden can be found on the student website.
Prospective students should have proof of thorough proficiency in English by means of one of the following tests :
- IELTS overall 7,5 and bandscores of at least 7,0
- TOEFL IBT 113 (for non-native speakers of English) with the following minimum bandscores: 25 (reading), 25 (listening), 23 (speaking) and 27 (writing).
For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency. This language requirement does not apply if you have:
- completed your education in the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada) or;
- an (English-taught) International Baccalaureate or;
- a Bachelor diploma from a Dutch research university (e.g. Leiden University) or;
- a Dutch VWO diploma.
Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstances
The University is providing an option for final year bachelor’s students and pre-master’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2020-2021 academic year. For these master’s specialisations this means that in exceptional circumstances you will be able to carry out assignments and sit exams in September. This will enable you to catch up on courses that you have missed so you can complete your bachelor’s programme before 1 October 2020. You will be able to start the master’s programme on 1 September 2020 (with retroactive effect) without a study delay.
In order to minimise the risk of study delay in your master’s programme, the Programme Board would like you to have completed your bachelor’s programme before you start the master’s. If you are not going to be able to complete your bachelor’s programme before the end of the academic year 2019-20, please focus on the starting date of 1 February 2021.
What do you need to do?
- Enrol and request admission to both programmes:
- Please contact your bachelor’s programme to check whether your credits can be obtained in September. Is this option available for you: please fill in this form before 15 June 2020.
- Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
- Request admission in uSis before 15 June 2020
- Re-enrol for your bachelor’s or pre-master’s programme before 1 September 2020 for a maximum of one month.
- Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2020 (with retroactive effect) if you complete your bachelor’s or pre-master’s programme before 1 October 2020; otherwise the master’s enrolment will be cancelled.
- You pay only one tuition fee. If you complete your bachelor’s or pre-master’s programme before 1 October 2020, you pay the tuition fee for the master’s programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s or pre-master’s programme.