Psychology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    16600 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #67 (WUR) ,
The M. Sc. in Psychology at Leiden University teaches students in-depth notions about psychological processes while focusing on understanding the human psyche. The Master’s programme trains students in applied cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, economic and consumer psychology, in addition to fundamentals of statistics and methodology.

About

The master’s programme in Psychology from Leiden University focuses both on in-depth study of theory and on the acquisition of professional and research skills. The distinctive feature of the Leiden master’s programme is that the teaching is not restricted to only the functioning of psychological processes; these processes are always connected to their behavioural consequences, with the aim of understanding self-regulation and behavioural control. In this way, students not only develop their knowledge of psychology as a science, but also learn to apply this knowledge in order to understand practical problems and to develop effective interventions for dealing with these problems.

Profile of the master’s programme in Psychology

In line with the profile of Leiden University as a research-intensive institution, the teaching programme of the master’s programme in Psychology is based on state-of-the art scientific research and maintains a strong emphasis on the acquisition of academic and research skills. Completion of the MSc degree prepares students for subsequent academic master’s degrees, including a PhD.

Objectives of the master’s programme in Psychology

The objective of the master’s programme in Psychology is to equip students with advanced training in research methods and professional skills that prepare them both for a career involving psychological research as well as for the application of scientific knowledge and methods in various professional settings. Training is provided in all relevant skills, including reviewing the relevant literature, applying theoretical knowledge to analyse practical problems, developing hypotheses and writing research proposals, designing and carrying out empirical studies, designing and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, conducting advanced statistical analyses, and presenting results and recommendations.

Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Specialisations
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Economic and Consumer Psychology
  • Health and Medical Psychology
  • Methodology and Statistics in Psychology
  • Occupational Health Psychology
  • School Psychology
  • Social and Organisational Psychology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Prospective students should:

  • possess a bachelor’s degree from a university programme or an equivalent degree and possess the skills, understanding and knowledge that are required for earning the bachelor’s degree; more specific within this bachelor programme the knowledge on university level of the following topics:
    • introduction to psychology
    • social and organisational psychology
    • personality psychology
    • cognitive psychology
    • neuropsychology and/or psychophysiology and/or biopsychology
    • clinical and abnormal psychology
    • developmental and educational psychology
    • theory or training in interpersonal skills, such as interview, counselling, discussion techniques..
    • theory or training in psycho diagnostics
    • advanced courses (at least 30 ec) on a third year Bachelor level on topics pertaining to the preferred master specialisation within the MSc Psychology. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16600 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1,250 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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