Clinical Neuropsychology (MSc)
About the programme
The master specialisation Clinical Neuropsychology is grounded in the neurosciences relevant to clinical neuropsychology with a strong focus on evidence-based practice.
We offer a very diverse programme that takes you through all the indispensable elements of Clinical Neuropsychology. You can find a short summary below; for a detailed overview of this Master, please read our Prospectus.
The master's specialisation Clinical Neuropsychology consists of four mandatory courses. Two of those courses focus on neuropsychological intervention methods and innovations in clinical neuropsychology, the other two on neuropsychological diagnostics. For both topics, the theoretical foundation as well as the practical implications are dealt with in separate courses. This allows for the unique combination of lectures and workgroups with an in depth perspective on evidence-based clinical neuropsychology.
More information about the structure of the master’s program can be found here.
During the internship, students gain hands-on practical experience in a professional setting within the domain of their master’s specialisation. As one of the final parts of their training to become a ‘scientist - practitioner’, students can familiarize themselves with the professional activities of a psychologist.
The standard internship has a duration of 280 hours (10 ECTS) and should be supplemented with at least 10 ECTS in electives to complete the master’s program. Alternatively, a 560 hours long clinical internship can be performed (20 ECTS). This type of internship allows for admission to the Dutch post-master program in Healthcare psychology (opleiding tot GZ psycholoog). Most 20 ECTS clinical internships can be used to acquire a psychodiagnostics qualification (Basisaantekening Psychodiagnostiek).
Both types of internships can be performed in the Netherlands or abroad, as long as the program’s requirements are met. For non-Dutch speaking students there are very limited placement options within the Netherlands with regard to the 20 ECTS clinical internship, due to language requirements. The Internal Practice Internship (IPI, 10 ECTS) provides the opportunity to do a clinically oriented internship within the university and is open to Dutch and international students.
See the prospectus for further information.
Your master’s thesis will enable you to dive deeper into a particular neuropsychological topic that interests you. You will learn how to report on scientific research that you conducted or observed. You will get the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of empirical research under supervision of one of our assistant professors or a scientist from another research institution. Projects vary from using an old database to answer a new research question, to setting up a new experiment in the psychology lab. Example topics of ongoing projects run by our staff are locked-in syndrome, combining music, movement and cognition, spatial navigation and work participation in patients with a neurological disorder. These projects offer several vacancies per semester.
My internship was my first research work experience, and I am immensely satisfied with it. It taught me how to be more independent, while also contributing to a team's goals and a potential publication. I am thankful to my supervisor for providing me the necessary guidance, but also for giving me enough autonomy to learn at my own pace.
What are the lectures of Janice Sandjojo like?
I use a lot of case examples coming from clinical practice in my lectures and work groups. I work as a psychologist in a rehabilitation centre as well, so I can share my practical experience in the classroom.
Also, I show videos of people who suffer from brain damage caused by traffic accidents. What kind of questions do you ask when doing a neuropsychological assessment? How can you help them to recover?
We use various modes of instruction to augment the learning experience:
- In the lectures the literature you have read will be applied to real life, using examples from clinical neuropsychological practice, to enhance your knowledge of the subject at hand. In the theory courses, several experts in the field are invited to provide guest lectures.
- In the small (10 to 24 students, depending on your specialisation) work group sessions you'll delve deeper into the course material and work on your skills. You'll gain, for example, skills in interviewing, observation and neuropsychological testing. Work groups sessions require active participation and attendance is therefore mandatory.
- In the online course environment students review their peers’ assignments and prepare for examinations with online mock exams and recorded lectures.
Student support services
Perhaps you have questions about your master’s, or could use some extra help, or maybe you’d like some support of a more personal nature? At Leiden University we have people and departments who will be glad to help in any and all of these areas.
Your study adviser is an expert on all aspects of your study programme, for example exam regulations, planning, academic issues, study delay etc. With the study adviser you discuss problems of any kind relating to the studies or any personal circumstances which might trouble your study.