Why Leiden University?
International Bachelor in Psychology
- Students and lecturers from around the world who have obtained international training, experience and exposure bring an international and multi-cultural perspective on psychology and being a psychologist to class. This, combined with the fact that all teaching and discussions will be in English, that we offer cross-cultural courses, and that you can study abroad for a semester, ensures that your training will be truly international and fitting in a global world.
- In our teaching, we offer a variety of teaching formats (lectures, work groups, practicals, and individual supervision) and we use modern ICT tools and blended learning to support our teaching in the bachelor’s programme
- Discover a vast field of study and practice, from Social Psychology to Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology and other main subdisciplines
- Research and education are closely connected at Leiden University. This means that teaching is often done by top researchers and it means that our students get acquainted with research right from the start of your first year
- From the second semester of the second year on, you can either decide to stay broad in your orientation on the field, or you can choose to specialise by choosing your own route
- Leiden is known for its system of Student Support which ensures intensive and individual support to all students during all three years of the bachelor’s programme with a focus on your career prospects
Research is an important component of psychology, from experimental research in the lab to questionnaire studies, in-depth interviews and observations in natural situations. In Leiden we have the most modern facilities at our disposal, including a Science Lab, EEG Lab, Driving Simulator and Baby Lab. Students cooperate in studies carried out in these labs.
Brain & Development Lab
What is going on in the head of teenagers? At Leiden University’s Brain and Development Lab, prof. Eveline Crone launched the Braintime project. Watch the short movie Braintime at Leiden University: Discovering the developing brain:
Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. Leiden University is one of the Founding Members of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), an important organization the members of which are evaluated against very high standards of academic excellence. The group of LERU Founding Members includes the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Geneva and Edinburgh. Leiden continues to score high in the various world-wide rankings of universities. Many of our researchers have published articles in top international scientific journals, including Nature and Science.
Leiden Spinoza laureates (Dutch Nobel Prize)
THE World University Rankings | QS Ranking | Shanghai/ARWU Ranking
Academic freedom is one of our core values and we stimulate our students to think independently, keep an open mind and form judgments based on the collection and interpretation of data in their discipline while taking social, scientific and ethical aspects into account.
Leiden, the ‘Centre of Europe’
Leiden lies at the centre of The Netherlands and Europe: it is about half an hour by train from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Schiphol, our international airport. It is also mere hours from London, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm and Madrid. We have an excellent railway system that connects to railway systems in the rest of Europe.
Where in Leiden
Leiden Psychology bachelor’s programme in Dutch
The Leiden Institute of Psychology has offered a bachelor’s programme for many years and this programme has been evaluated as successful by a committee of peers. We offer our students a broad orientation on psychology in the three-year programme as we cover the basics and all subdisciplines. This allows our students to gain a broad overview of the field and at the same time specialise in a subdiscipline. Professional skills and hands-on experience are an integral part of our programme; they include academic and research skills, as well as professional, practical and communication skills, and orientation on the job market.
Master’s programme in English
At Leiden University, we offer both our bachelor’s programme and all our master’s specialisations in English. We offer 10 specialisations in our master’s programme, and 4 specialisations in our research master’s programme. Our professional clinical master’s programmes include both theoretical and practical courses with a great deal of hands-on training and working with children and adults. Our two-year research master’s programmes include theoretical courses as well as practical courses in research methods.