The bachelor's programme in Psychology in Leiden covers the full breadth of psychology. Our bachelor's students have the opportunity to specialise. Our master's students prepare themselves for a career as a ‘scientist - practitioner '. In the one year master's programme the emphasis is on practise; in the two year research master's programme on science.
BSc in Psychology
The bachelor's programme in Psychology is a 3-year programme taught in Dutch and in English (two versions). The first year begins with a coherent overview of the entire field of psychology. In the second and third year you can choose courses by yourself.
Psychology takes part in two interdisciplinairy minors:
Psychology for non-psychology students and students from other Dutch universities
- Psychology: a comprehensive introduction
- Dynamiek van groepen en besluitvorming (Dutch)
- Mind and brain (Dutch)
- Psychologie van gezondheid en ziekte (Dutch)
Bachelor's students are allowed to study abroad half a year at one of the partner universities, inside or outside Europe.
Leiden University offers extracurriculair opportunities for bachelor's students whose performance is excellent and whose abilities and wishes go beyond the standard programmes. For students who do not want to follow an entire 30 EC Honours College programme, the Honours Classes can be an opportunity to still follow an honours course.
Honours College en Classes
Leiden offers a one-year pre-master’s programme in Psychology, taught only in Dutch. It may suit students with a university bachelor’s degree that is not in Psychology, or a Dutch higher professional education (HBO) degree.
Pre-master's programme (Dutch)
MSc in Psychology
The master's programme in Psychology is a one-year programme. It focuses both on in-depth study of theory and on the acquisistion of professional and research skills.
Master's programme in Psychology
MSc in Psychology (research)
The master's programme in Psychology (research) is a two-year programme that is focused on acquiring research skills in a particular field of psychology. The programme provides students with a rigorous training in the methodological and practical skills necessary to carry out scientific research on human behaviour.
Master's programme in Psychology (research)