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Master Thesis in Researchmaster Psychology


Admission requirements

Open to master students in Psychology.


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.

Course objectives

Students 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 of the Research Master in Psychology.


Individual supervision sessions.


Registration with the thesis coordinator of the specialization of the student.

Mode of instruction

Individual supervision sessions.

Assessment method

Written research report and complete colloquium card. See also the criteria for reviewing the thesis. See for assessment the Procedure Master Thesis Psychology Assessment on Blackboard. 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.

Reading list

Relevant literature on the topic of the research.

Contact information

The master thesis coordinator of the track.