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Master Thesis in Researchmaster Psychology



Principal of the track within the Research Master


The research master thesis will enable the student to carry out their own study and gain experience with all the phases of empirical research in psychology, applying the knowledge and skills acquired in different course modules. The student selects a supervisor of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University (i.e., the internal supervisor), who guides the student during his selection of a research lab and topic, will monitor the feasibility of the intended research in the context of the thesis, and will advise the student in the case of difficulties or delays in the progress of his research.

First, students will work on the development of a research question and research design, and will write a research proposal on the basis of the relevant literature. During the second phase they will focus on data collection and data analysis, and during the third phase they will prepare a written research report (master thesis).

Detailed information about the research master thesis is provided in the module ‘Research Master Psychology Internship and Thesis’, posted on Blackboard.


Relevant literature on the topic of the research.



Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination. Registering for exams


Written research report. See also the criteria for reviewing the thesis.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud

Requirement(s) for application or advice

Mandatory courses of the specialisation.

Education method(s)

Independent research under supervision.


Enrollment per track


Second year of the master