Bachelor’s programme

As a student you choose to stay broad ór specialise during your bachelor’s phase. To get your bachelor’s degree BSc in Psychology you will need academic skills. We offer a variety of teaching formats, such as lectures, work groups, practicals, and individual supervision and we use modern ICT tools and blended learning.

In 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

In 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

In 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

Contact hours

You will have about 16 hours per week of lectures, work group sessions, tutorials or practicals. The rest of the time you will study independently or with other students if you prefer. For most students, studying psychology means an investment of about 40 hours a week. In these 40 hours a week, you will be preparing for lectures and work group sessions, reading, working on assignments, writing essays, practising what you have learned, and studying for tests and exams.

For more in-depth information on each course, see our e-Prospectus

Testimonial Arianna Berardi 2

You have to study a lot, it’s not the easiest program. But when you enjoy the study, it’s perfect and not a problem at all. This program exists only since 2013, because of that they are really caring about what students like and don’t like. They’re really listening to us, I appreciate that.