The master’s programme in Psychology 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.
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.
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.
The MSc Psychology Conversion offers a fast route for graduates wishing to gain eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
As a course accredited by the BPS, the MSc Psychology Conversion delivers all of the core content required to allow successful graduates to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
The Masters level course has a strong focus on developing and enhancing your critical thinking and providing all the skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and report psychological research.
You will be taught by active research staff within the School of Human and Social Sciences, providing opportunities for you to complete your dissertation projects on a number of topics and through a range of methodologies, allowing you to specialise in your chosen area of interest.
The teaching staff will offer small group tutorials providing instruction and support for a range of academic skills (such as the specific referencing and writing style required) as well as in personal development in time management and project planning.
This course provides all the skills and knowledge required for successful graduates to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society.
Graduates typically progress to specialist training, or to complete their PhDs in their chosen field.
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Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.
Our MSc Psychology and Education (Conversion) is a unique, intensive, one-year full-time course. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
This course is designed for students who don't have a formal psychology qualification.
All aspects of the Psychology BPS curriculum are covered, including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, individual differences, theory and history of psychology and research methods.
Once you've completed the course you can apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and be awarded the title C. Psychol.
This course will prepare you for a career as an educational and child psychologist. Upon successful completion of the course, you'll fulfil the academic entry requirements of BPS professional training programmes in educational and child psychology.
The MSc Psychology of Economic Life teaches you to analyse economic phenomena with a social psychological lens, beyond homo economicus.
It provides skills for change management and improving socio-economic systems and business models towards more sustainability, by leveraging social values and technologies with a realistic psychology. We are interested in making the world a better place. In that perspective, you will learn how to think outside of the box and apply new approaches to behavioural design. Assessment is part of the learning process and makes use of case studies. These are examples of student essays from the compulsory course, Psychology of Economic Life.
You will take compulsory courses in the Psychology of Economic Life and Methods for Social Psychological Research. You will then choose from a range of optional courses within the Department (eg, consumer psychology, decision-making, corporate communication, creativity and innovation, advanced theories for economic life) and the School so that you can deepen or widen your expertise, and take up the advanced study of particular aspects of economic life. Over the summer period, you will complete a dissertation based on empirical research.
Graduates of our Department enjoy employment opportunities worldwide in consultancy, government, international organisations, corporations and companies, but also non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities. This programme provides skills to the fast-growing demand for innovative and more sustainable ways of doing business. You may choose to continue to obtain a PhD and pursue an academic career.
The MSc in Psychology (research) is a two-year programme that is focused on acquiring research skills in a particular field of 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.
Are you determined to pursue a professional career in psychology but don’t have an undergraduate degree in the subject? Our online MSc in Psychology will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of core areas of psychology, and will prepare you to make ethical and evidence-based decisions in the field.
Studied through online distance learning, this course is all about learning the foundations of psychology, focussing on the practical application of evidence based decisions in the field – this isn’t a course for armchair psychologists! You will learn to design experiments to gather and analyse data, and explore everything from how our brain influences our perception of the world, to social interaction, abnormal psychology, approaches to intelligence testing and possible therapies, childhood development & behavioural neuroscience.
Exploring the core areas of psychology, you will learn to back up theories with empirical reasoning through rigorous research.
This Masters is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Through this conversion course, you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS), essential for training and pursuing a career as a professional psychologist.
To be eligible for this course you must normally have:
For students whose prior learning was not taught in English:
We’ll typically ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experiences.
Don’t have any of the above?
If you don’t already have an undergraduate degree, we may be able to offer you a place on one of our undergraduate degree programmes.
We offer online degrees in a range of psychology subjects. As they are delivered via online learning, they can fit in around your current commitments.
We also offer blended undergraduate degrees that are delivered on-campus 2 days a week at one of our study centres in London, Birmingham and Manchester. These give you the facilities and structure of face-to-face learning with the flexibility to fit other commitments in around your studies.