Health and Medical Psychology (MSc)
Would you like to be involved in this new and rapidly developing subdiscipline of psychology?
Laura Ramiro Pires
Health Psychologist (Germany)
'Moving from Germany to the Netherlands to study Psychology was the best decision I could have ever made. While pursuing my whole studies at Leiden University I was always extremely enthusiastic about the content, approach and support.'
'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?
Health and Medical Psychology can be described as: 'The aggregate of the specific educational, scientific and professional contributions of the discipline of Psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, the identification of etiological and diagnostic correlates of health and illness and related dysfunction, and the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy' (Matarazzo, 1982).
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 both the prevention of disease and promotion of health, as well as diagnosis and treatment of the psychological aspects of chronic somatic diseases.
Reasons to choose Health and Medical Psychology at Leiden University
- You have a key role at the research of health concerns. You will apply your knowledge and skills to modern day subjects, for example how you can get someone to stop smoking.
- With a master's degree in Health and Medical Psychology you can work in a lot of different settings and organisations. For example, you can set up big health promotion campaigns, train medical staff or you can help individual patients.
- You will have the possibility to work with associated organisations, like the Leiden University Medical Centre, and work with patients.
Health and Medical Psychology: the right programme for you?
The Master’s Programme in Psychology gives you insight into the in-depth study of theory and into the acquisition of professional and research skills. The distinctive feature of the Leiden programme is that it is not restricted to teaching you only about the functioning of psychological processes. Within a scientist-practitioner model these insights are always connected to their behavioural consequences. The aim is to understand self-regulation and behavioural control. In this way not only do you develop your knowledge of Psychology as a science, you also learn to apply this knowledge. You learn to understand practical problems and to develop effective interventions for dealing with these problems.