Clinical Neuropsychology (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
If you complete this master’s specialisation you are qualified for any position requiring an MSc in Psychology. You are also well equipped for general research positions and academic policy-making positions, in the following fields:
- Health care and social assistance
- Psychological advice organisations
- Research companies and laboratories both in the private and the public sector
Suzanne van Dijk
'After graduating I started working as a neuropsychologist as part of a multidisciplinary team at the geriatrics department of Haaglanden Medisch Centrum. My job consists of conducting neuropsychological assessments to detect and diagnose different disorders, such as different types of the neurodegenerative disorder dementia. Besides this, I’m responsible for the daily supervision of master students during their clinical internship at the hospital.'
'Each day I go to work with great pleasure. The great variety of patients and pathologies as well as the close cooperation with medical specialists and the supervision of interns makes this a perfect place to further develop my diagnostic skills and my (medical) knowledge.
The study has provided me with a good foundation for my current work as a neuropsychologist. By combining theoretical neuroscience and the clinical application of it, I've got a broad knowledge of cognitive, emotional and behavioural consequences of brain dysfunction. Moreover, lecturers who are working in different work fields shared their practical experiences to give some insight in the day-to-day work of a neuropsychologist which motivated me even more to start my own career in health care.'
María García Pardo
Former master student from Spain
"Studying my master programme in Leiden has definitely helped me to secure employment in the United Kingdom. I am currently working in a Hospital in London as part of the therapy team supporting people who have had a stroke. Thanks to the knowledge acquired during the programme I have a better understanding of the cognitive difficulties that my patients present with, making me a more competent professional."
After finishing my Psychology degree in Spain I decided to study my Clinical Neuropsychology postgraduate abroad and I am still very happy I chose Leiden University to do this. The whole experience was very positive. Something I really enjoyed was the international environment and having classmates from all over the world.
I really recommend studying in the lovely city of Leiden where you will have the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals and to make lasting friendships.
Where do our former students work?
The knowledge and skills you acquire will qualify you for many different jobs, including:
- Neuropsychologist conducting assessments and providing therapy in a general hospital, university hospital, rehabilitation centre, mental health care organisation, psychiatric institution or nursing home
- Psychologist training to become a healthcare psychologist (GZ-psychologist) or Clinical Neuropsychologist
- Child neuropsychologist
- PhD student or (junior) researcher in a research centre (e.g. university, TNO, RIVM)
- Medical adviser within a pharmaceutical company
Go to the LU Career Zone for more information on positons and organisations where alumni of Clinical Neuropsychology work.
Completion of the MSc degree in Psychology prepares you for subsequent academic degrees, including a PhD.
Clinical Neuropsychology: making a difference
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Master’s students of this specialisation in Leiden qualify for the post-master’s clinical training programmes depending on their choices in the bachelor’s and master’s programme. They need to follow an extended clinical clinical internship (20 EC) and acquire either the "Verklaring Psychodiagnostiek" or the "Basisaantekening Psychodiagnostiek"(BAPD). Furthermore, there are some bachelor’s electives besides the general master’s curriculum courses required for entrance to post-master’s professional programmes. If not already completed, these electives can be taken in parallel with the general master’s curriculum.