Social and Economic Psychology (research) (MSc)
A master's degree in Psychology at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with academic and professional skills, making you an attractive candidate for many employers.
Skills after graduation
You can specialize in the topic of your preference in your choice of assignments and electives, which can also be taken from other programmes. During your training in advanced academic and research skills you will be actively involved in an ongoing research program. Your (international) internship and master’s thesis will enable you to gain hands-on experience and learn from established scholars, under close supervision in research tutorials.
From my study, I benefit from my analytical ability and my insight into people.
I truly believe that interpersonal principles from social psychology can be copied to marketing and communication with consumers. Many companies and brands seem to forget that their clients are 'just' people. And people... make choices as people. Whether it is about choosing their friends or the love of their life... or about choosing to which stores they go and which brands they buy!
Positions our alumni hold
A master's degree in Psychology from Leiden University will prepare you adequately for entering the job market. The bar chart below indicates in which different fields our Psychology alumni work.
*Note: this is a general list for all our Psychology alumni, not specifically for this research master's specialisation Social and Economic Psychology.
Source: Elsivier - Beste Banen (2016)
- 54.5 % Care and welfare
- 15.8 % Education
- 14.9 % Business
- 3 % Government
- 1 % Financial institutions
- 10.9 % Other work fields
Where do our former students work?
The master’s programme provides an ideal preparation for students who want to continue with an academic career and obtain a PhD in psychology. The research master’s programme also prepares students for positions where basic or applied psychological research is used to support the development of corporate or public policy. These include research agencies such as TNO, NIA, IOWO, as well as private firms (e.g. software and hardware development, safety control), municipal, and governmental (SCP) institutions focusing on research and consultancy.