BSc Psychology

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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Psychology plays a role in every aspect of life and society. It’s a subject for people who are interested in understanding why we behave the way we do.

Why the International Bachelor in Psychology in Leiden?

If you choose the International Bachelor in Psychology at Leiden you will:

  • be able to specialise or keep a broad orientation;
  • work closely with inspiring researchers in an international classroom;
  • focus on your career prospects from the start of the programme

Do you want to learn more about studying Psychology in Leiden? Check: Why Leiden University?

Why study Psychology?

Would you like to know why a conflict arises among your friends or why your grandmother with Alzheimer’s keeps forgetting who you are?Why do we behave differently when we’re in a group? What can we do about a depression? These are questions psychologists try to find answers to. And the nice thing is, that most psychological topics are applicable to your own life.

If you are thinking about taking our Bachelor programme in Psychology you are no doubt interested in people’s behaviour. You are aware that psychology is a science and you have an inquisitive and open mind. You do not take opinions for granted just because they sound plausible and are held by a large group of people. You enjoy studying and reading about all aspects of psychology. You are looking forward to becoming a psychologist: a person who looks at things scientifically and from a distance; is observant and a good listener; is able to think systematically and reason logically.

The bachelor Psychology offers a broad academic development, with knowledge of several subdisciplines, such as clinical (neuro)psychology, developmental psychology, social and organisational psychology, economic and consumer psychology, cognitive psychology and health psychology.

Why the International Bachelor in Psychology in Leiden?

  • Five reasons to study Psychology in Leiden:
  • 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
  • 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 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 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.

If you are interested in this programme in Dutch, you can read more about it here.

Does this study fit you?

What do you need to be able to study Psychology?

  • You are no doubt interested in people’s behaviour, but you also need to be aware that Psychology is a science. This means you will be trained to look at things from different perspectives and be as objective as possible.
  • Being good at observing people and listening to them is important for a psychologist.
  • You have it in you to think systematically and analytically, and to reason clearly. Psychology is a fitting field for people with inquisitive minds.
  • A feeling for language helps as you will need to understand, speak and write in English.

Look here for information on admission and application.

During the International Bachelor in Psychology in Leiden you will build a sound basis for your career as a psychologist. You will become acquainted with all of the main subdisciplines of psychology and have the opportunity to structure your study in a way that suits you.

Bachelor’s programme

The first year

You begin with a coherent overview of the entire field of psychology. Next, you will obtain deeper knowledge of and insight into the various subdisciplines. An important component in this year is research methodology and statistics: the methods and statistics courses cover one quarter of the study credits for the first year. Another important part of the first year is the academic skills course during which you will learn and practice academic skills, such as writing an essay, giving a presentation and setting up an experiment in your first year.

The second year

You will focus on the practical professional skills of a psychologist, such as diagnostics, interview techniques and data analysis. You will be able to follow in-depth, specialisation courses in some of the subdisciplines for the master’s specialisation of your choice. We help you to make your choice and to prepare for the job-market in the course Perspective on Career Planning.

Put your programme together

During the second part of the second year and the entire third year you will be freer in how you put your programme together. You can choose to concentrate on a particular subdiscipline and specialise, or you can choose courses from various subdisciplines to further orient yourself in the field. You can take electives while choosing your own route.

The third year

You will probably have a fair idea of what you want to do in the future. You may want to get a master’s degree in one of the subdisciplines of psychology or prepare for a job. The third year allows you to choose courses that help you on your way. If you plan your courses carefully, you may also spend a semester studying abroad. You will complete the bachelor’s programme with a bachelor project: a research project that you will carry out in a small group and is completed with an individually written bachelor thesis. With your Leiden bachelor’s degree in Psychology you can continue with the Master’s programme.

Do you want to read more about the courses in the programme? Take a look at the programme structure.

Educational methods

We use various modes of instruction to augment the learning experience:

  • In the lectures the literature you have read comes alive and you build your knowledge of the subject at hand.
  • In the small (12 to 24 students) work group sessions you delve deeper into the course material. There is room for discussion. Work groups sessions require active participation and attendance is mandatory.
  • In practicals you work on your skills. You gain skills in interviewing, observation and using statistical computer programmes, among others. Attendance is also mandatory in these practical sessions.
  • In the online course environment students review their peers’ assignments and prepare for examinations with online mock exams and recorded lectures.

Are you interested in studying the International Bachelor in Psychology at Leiden University? You can apply for the academic year 2023-2024 per 1 October 2022.

A step-by-step guide

1. Check the Admission requirements
2. Check the Application deadline
3. Collect the required documents
4. Start the application procedure 
5. Take part in the selection process
6. Pay your tuition fee
7. Prepare your arrival

Student support services

Going to university brings many changes to your life. We offer you personal supervision in order to help you to successfully complete the programme within the time limits set for it.

In your first and second year your study progress will be assessed. The assessment is based on the final requirements of the programme that provide a good indication of whether you will be able to successfully complete the programme within the required period of time. You will be allowed to proceed with the programme if you have completed 45 of the 60 credits by the end of the first year, including one of the Statistics courses.

If you do not fulfil these criteria, you will not be allowed to proceed with this programme in Leiden. Personal circumstances will be considered and are part of the assessment. The regular contact with your tutor and Student Adviser during the bachelor’s phase ensures that you will know in advance if you run the risk of not being allowed to continue with your studies. More about Guidance & Advice.

Psychology graduates acquire skills useful in a variety of jobs. Whether helping people with mental disorders, researching the brain or deciding who should be hired at a company, psychologists can do it.

What are your skills after graduation?

Now that you finished your bachelor in psychology you know a great deal about human behavior. You will have explored mental disorders, how they come about and how to diagnose and treat them. Furthermore, you will understand processes at play in group dynamics, decision making, child development and many more. Finally, you have learnt about the functioning of the brain and how it relates to our behavior. While learning all these things, you additionally acquired useful skills like critical thinking, presenting, academic writing and applying statistics.

Career Guidance

Where you end up depends on the chosen study direction, your own interests and skills. During the whole second year, in the course Perspective on Career Planning, you will gain skills that prepare you for your professional life. You will look closer into what to expect from your future work environment. On the other hand you will discover what the job market expects of you, for example through interviews with psychologists and alumni panels. This course will really help you to make decisions during your studies, like what electives fit your future best.

The Student Career Service of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences can help you formulate the best study and career path for you. They offer workshops on topics as career prospects, writing job applications, job interviews and assessments. Also in one-on-one assistance, they help you to figure out what you want and what suits
you. This helps you to make smart decisions for your future career, such as a study abroad period, an internship, volunteer work or a relevant student job. Read more about Career Guidance. Fortunately, Leiden life offers many opportunities for you to grow and develop!

Your career

Our bachelor’s programme prepares you for a master in Psychology. We strongly recommend you to finish a master’s programme, so you can start working as a psychologist. Graduates of our programme have been accepted to top universities in Europe and abroad.

Read more about the 14 Master’s specialisations or read more about prospects on the jobmarket.

How can we help you make the transition to the world of work?

Leiden University helps you make your transition to the employment market as smooth as possible. It offers students a range of services  in this area.

Leiden University Career Zone

In the LU Career Zone you will find further information about positions and employers where graduates have found employment. As a student, you can also do various tests – such as the career choice test and the competencies test – to discover what would suit you best.

Career Service

You can turn to the Career Service if you have any questions or want advice about choices along your study path or how best to prepare for your future. In addition, the Career Service organizes various lectures and information markets, where you can have someone check your CV or LinkedIn-profile, for instance, or can have a LinkedIn photo taken.

Mentor Network

The Mentor Network can help link you up with alumni who are working in the work environment that interests you and who can give you tips and advice.

Study association career days

The Psychology study association Labyrint organizes career days where there are various lectures and workshops to help you get a better idea of how the labour market works.

Perspective on Career Planning

Perspective on Career Planning is a course given in the second year of the Bachelor’s programme. The course focuses on career prospects and orientation in different fields of work. What path may a career take and what opportunities are there for you in your chosen field of work? In addition, the course focuses on your role in your chosen field: what are you good at, and what do you want to achieve?

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Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you. We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!

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