Psychology (Research), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #67 (WUR) ,
The MSc in Psychology (research) is a two-year programme that is focused on acquiring research skills in a particular field of psychology.



  • Clinical and Health Psychology (research) (MSc)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (research) (MSc)
  • Developmental Psychology (research) (MSc)
  • Social and Organisational Psychology (research) (MSc)

Profile of the research master's programme in Psychology

This programme provides students with a rigorous training in the methodological and practical skills necessary to carry out scientific research on human behaviour. Students gain hands-on experience with how psychological theory can contribute to the analysis and solution of practical problems and how the application of existing theory guides further theoretical development. Students can specialise in the psychological subdiscipline of their choice, but are also trained in a broad multidiscipinary research approach.

Students who wish to expand their expertise in the domain of Brain and Cognition can choose from a wide range of elective courses offered within and outside the Institute of Psychology.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Experimentation I: Programming Psychological Experiments
  • Designing an Empirical Study
  • Experimentation II: Neuroscientific Research Methods
  • Scientific Writing
  • Applied Multivariate Data Analysis (A and B)- Mini-Courses in Statistics
  • Research Topics in Health Promotion
  • Evaluating Interventions in Patients with Chronic Disease
  • Biological Underpinnings of Psychopathology
  • Advanced Topics in Experimental Clinical Psychology
  • e-Health Interventions in Mental Health Care
  • Health Psychology in Practice
  • Innovations in eHealth Care
  • Transdiagnostic Approach of Eating Disorders

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

Prospective students should:

  • possess the skills, understanding and knowledge that are required for earning the bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related field; 
  • have earned the degree of Bachelor at a university, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree; and
  • A high grade for the bachelor thesis (7.5 or higher or ranking among the top 20 per cent of your class).
  • A high average grade for coursework (7.5 or higher or ranking among the top 20 per cent of your class).
  • Students are admitted to a specific track. They can change tracks until the beginning of the second semester if they meet the conditions for this second track.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16800 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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