Your first year
Studying psychology is a full-time job; it will take you 40 hours a week on average. Attending lectures, tutorials, work group sessions and practicals will take about 16 hours; these are the contact hours. The rest of the time you will study independently preparing for the lectures and work group sessions, writing assignments and essays, and reading.
The programme of the International Bachelor in Psychology (IBP) gives you a strong foundation in all main subdisciplines of psychology:
- Biopsychology and Neuropsychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Organisational Psychology
- Social Psychology
In twelve tutorials you will learn academic skills, such as writing an essay, giving a presentation and setting up an experiment. You need these academic skills for a succesful bachelor’s programme in Psychology.
The first year consist of 12 courses:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Academic Skills Tutorial
- History of Psychology
- Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics
- Inferential Statistics
- Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Experimental and Correlational Research
- Social and Organisational Psychology
- Bio- and Neuropsychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Psychology and Science
One quarter of the study credits for the first year cover the methods and statistics courses. You will find a list and description as well as important details in the e-Prospectus:
The academic year is divided over two semesters, and a semester is divided into two blocks of 8-10 weeks. At the university we count in credits, called ECTS. For successfully completing each course you get a number of credits, and one credit represents 28 hours of studying. A year has a total of 60 credits. At the end of your first year, you need to have earned at least 45 of the 60 credits (including at least one of the statistics courses) to be able to continue with your study programme. This is called Binding Study Advice.
Courses are completed with an exam, usually in the week directly following the course. The exams in the first year are mostly exams consisting of multiple choice questions. In addition your grades for essays, papers or presentations will be taken into account when your final grade for a course is determined. After each exam period a week has been set aside for re-sits.
Leiden University uses many digital tools to support our teaching and your studying in the University Leiden Community Network (ULCN). You enrol for exams and will get your results through uSis. You will get online access to materials posted by lecturers and to messages or documents posted by your fellow students through Blackboard.