Career Prospects

The path to your job

In Leiden we offer you extensive facilities to prepare for your future. The Student Career Service will help you formulate the best study and career path for you. This in turn helps you to choose the activities you will undertake within and outside your study accordingly. These might include a study abroad period, an internship, a committee function or a relevant student job. For international students it is a good idea to research job market qualifications required in their home country.

Post master’s course

In Leiden we focus on practical professional skills. Those students who would like to find a job in a Dutch Health Care organisation, have completed one of the clinical master’s specialisations. They are fluent in Dutch, meet the general criteria formulated by the Dutch Institute of Psychologists (NIP) for the Basic Qualification in Psychodiagnostics (BAPD). The qualification gives you the authority to independently carry out psychological tests and report on the results.

Job market

The combination of theoretical knowledge and academic skills means you are an attractive candidate for many employers. This is why our graduates end up working in the most diverse fields and functions. The choices you make during your time at Leiden University play an important role in your career opportunities.

Some examples of the kind of job our graduates have found:
  • Clinical psychologist in a mental health care institution
  • 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
  • Management consultant, working as an entrepreneur or for the government
  • Organisational psychologist in a company
  • Marketing and communication manager in a company

Scientific career

Once you have completed the research master’s programme at Leiden University you can apply for a position as a PhD candidate. Over the course of four years, you complete the research for your PhD while also teaching at Leiden University.

PhD research on brain development during adolescense

Sabine Peters of Leiden University has investigated how development of cognitive and affective brain regions relates to learning and risk-taking behavior, such as alcohol use. She showed that, contrary to predictions from prior research, brain regions for cognitive control could be recruited even by young children and adolescents, but in different situations than adults.