Health and Medical Psychology (MSc)
Health and Medical Psychology is a discipline of psychology that is rapidly developing and you are most welcome to join this exciting and innovative field! Health and Medical Psychology looks at how health, illness, and recovery are affected by biopsychosocial factors, such as physiological stress system responsiveness, cognitions, emotions, and behaviours, and social bonds. There is a strong focus on empowerment, so ‘what someone can do’, instead of only focusing on what the burden of a specific disease is. This importantly contributes to promoting and maintaining health, preventing disease and treating illness. Majoring in health and medical psychology is ideal for those who want to understand the role of the mind on our overall health, which is relevant in almost all domains of our lives.
Laura Ramiro Pires
Health Psychologist (Germany)
'Moving from Germany to the Netherlands to study Health Psychology was the best decision I could have ever made. Now I am a Health Psychologist working self-employed as Life Coach and Trainer. I developed a training to guide expatriates through their journey of personal change and growing inner resources. I also work as a research assistant for a study on job satisfaction among doctors. I truly love my work.'
What does this master's programme entail?
The broad focus is on the relationships between biopsychosocial processes (such as cognitions, emotions and behaviour, psychophysiological stress systems, brain functioning) and health outcomes. More specifically, topics of interest are prevention of disease and promotion of health, and the diagnosis and treatment of the psychological aspects of chronic somatic diseases.
Reasons to choose Health and Medical Psychology at Leiden University
- With a master's degree in Health and Medical Psychology you can work in different interdisciplinary settings and organisations, focusing on different topics and target groups. For example, you can train medical staff, set up big health promotion campaigns or have a key role in advisory boards for health concerns.
- You will have the possibility to work clinically with various patient populations or in research projects together with associated organisations, like the Leiden University Medical Centre.
- You will have the opportunity to participate in excellent research programs, focusing on a broad variety of research methods in both applied and fundamental research on topics, such as eHealth, self-management in chronic conditions, placebo effects, stress, somatic unexplained symptoms or health promotion.
Health and Medical Psychology: the right programme for you?
The master’s programme in Health and Medical Psychology gives an insight into both, the in-depth study of theory and into the acquisition of professional and research skills. The distinctive feature of the Leiden programme is the scientist-practitioner model. This means that the insights about psychological processes are always connected to their consequences and impact in daily practice. In this way, you not only develop your knowledge of psychology as a science, you also learn to apply this knowledge. You learn to understand and analyse practical problems and to develop effective interventions for dealing with these problems.