FSW   Psychologie   20220801 Universiteit Leiden Psychologie 005 9084

Are you fascinated by human behaviour? Do you always wonder what’s behind the first impression? Are you a good communicator, analytical and unafraid of statistics? Then studying Psychology may be just the right
choice for you.

The International Bachelor in Psychology in Leiden is a broad study with a strong focus on research. During your study in Leiden you will build a sound basis for your career as a psychologist. Your journey will introduce you to all the different subdisciplines in Psychology and you will have the opportunity to structure part of your study in a way that suits you. Intensive supervision will assist you in choosing your study and career path. Additionally, important skills for diagnostics, therapy and research are developed from the start.

Keep your studies broad, or specialise in:

  • Applied Cognitive Psychology

  • Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

  • Clinical Neuropyschology

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Economic and Consumer Psychology

  • Health and Medical Psychology

  • School Psychology

  • Social Psychology in Organisations

  • Methodology and Statistics in Psychology

P19 testimonial

Sarah van Wyke
Senior student

‘My favorite course is Biopsychology and Neuropsychology. I like the fact that it is quite precise, you take a look at the brain and see how we think and what’s going on in the brain. It’s exciting that we know so much about the brain, but there is still a lot we don’t know. It offers opportunities for future researchers. I appreciate the opportunity here in Leiden to gain so much knowledge. After I graduate, I want to start my own practice as a therapist for children and parents in need of some psychological support.’

Curriculum: Psychology

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Why study Psychology in Leiden?

  • The programme brings together students and lecturers from around the world.
  • You will learn all about the latest psychological research and gain important professional skills.
  • Our lecturers are top researchers, ensuring that you get acquainted with research right from
    the start.

Study abroad

You can study abroad for a semester during your third year. Leiden University has a large number of partnership agreements with research universities around the world. Psychology students have access to more than 100 different study abroad agreements to study a semester at a partner university in or outside of Europe. Among the universities at which our students have studied in the past years are:

North America: McGill University, University of British Columbia (Canada), College of William and Mary and Ohio State University (USA).
Europe: Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Wien, Lund Universitet, Universidad de Granada, Koç Üniversitesi.
Asia: Chinese University of Hong Kong, Singapore Management University and University of Tokyo.
Africa: Stellenbosch University, University of Pretoria and American University in Cairo.
Oceania: University of Otago, Monash University and University of Melbourne.

Your future career

Graduates of the Psychology programme usually carry on to complete a master’s programme in their specialisation, and Leiden University currently offers 14 options to continue your studies in Psychology. After further study, our alumni have embarked upon numerous career options:

  • Scientific researcher at a university or an applied research institute
  • School psychologist in special education
  • Career counsellor for professionals or students in an organisation or an educational institute
  • Clinical psychologist in a mental health care institution
  • Policy adviser, working for the government
  • Organisational psychologist
  • Marketing and communication manager

Selection & Placement

The bachelor’s programme Psychology is a ‘numerus fixus’ programme. This means that only a limited number of places are available. Being admissible to the programme therefore does not guarantee placement.

A selection procedure will determine which students are qualified and motivated, and best match our programme. The selection will be based on your GPA (average grades) and an online assessment. During this assessment period you will be asked to read and analyse scientific information to see if you match our level of education. This is also a good way to see if the programme suits you.

Applications are submitted in Studielink.
The application deadline is 15 January 2024,
so make sure you are on time.

FSW Psychologie 20220801 Universiteit Leiden Psychologie 016 0891

Location: Leiden


year programme, 180 ECTS


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