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Psychology (Research)



September - February 


2 year



This programme offers thorough training in the methodological and practical skills required to carry out scientific research on human behaviour, with a focus on practical experience. There is the possibility of following courses on Brain and Cognition offered by other Leiden University programmes. You can choose from four specialisations:


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


The programme prepares students to continue with an academic career and obtain a PhD in Psychology. Alumni also obtain positions where basic or applied psychological research is used to support the development of corporate or public policy. These include research agencies, as well as private firms, municipal, and governmental institutions.

Best preparatory bachelor’s

BSc in Psychology with a third-year (400-level) course on the topic chosen, high average grade for coursework (>7.5), superior grade for the bachelor’s thesis (7.5 or above).

English proficiency**

IELTS: 6.5 where each separate constituent score must be at least 6.0 or
TOEFL (internet-based): 90, where each separate constituent score must be at least 20.

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences 

1 & 2

year master’s programmes


master's students


International master's students




EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fee

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master’s programme in The Netherlands
** English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.