School Psychology (MSc)
A master 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 have unique knowledge and skills to empower children and adolescents to succeed academically, but also on a social, emotional and behavioral level. You will know how to support academic and socio-emotional development in typically developing youths as well as in youths who experience emotional difficulties or learning problems. You have learned how to create a positive learning context for all students as well as how to diagnose and treat academic and emotional problems within the school context. You will be an expert in working closely with families, teachers, and school teams to support the students’ ability to learn and the teachers ability to teach, by creating a supportive learning environment.
First School Psychology graduate
“It was a really challenging year, so I’m really happy to graduate. The next thing I want to do is to find a job, but not necessarily at a school. I aim to apply for jobs where I could work with refugee children in my home country Greece."
"School psychology combines different courses that have to do with intervention and prevention in a school community. You learn how to work with students but also with teachers and parents. So, if you want to work in a school, you really get to develop your skills."
Where do our former students work?
The knowledge and skills you acquire will prepare you for various jobs at schools and other education-related settings, and will qualify you for post-master training programs for School Psychologist and Health Care Psychologist (‘gz-psycholoog’).
Job prospects include:
- Psychologist in Elementary and High Schools
- Psychologist in a School Advisory Service (‘Onderwijs Advies Dienst’)
- Psychologist in General Health Care (POH-GGZ)
- Policy developer at a municipal organisation or national government (e.g. ministry of education, culture and science)
- Independent coach, trainer, consultant
- Researcher at a university or (government) research institute (e.g. TNO)
Go to the LU Career Zone for more information on positons and organisations where alumni of School Psychology work.
Completion of the MSc degree prepares you for subsequent academic degrees, including a PhD.
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.