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First Year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

Experimentation I: Programming Psychological Experiments 5
Designing an Empirical Study 5
Experimentation II: Neuroscientific Research Methods 5
Scientific Writing 5
Applied Multivariate Data Analysis (A and B) - Mini-Courses in Statistics 5 and 5

Track-specific compulsory coursework

Research Topics in Health Promotion 5
Evaluating Interventions in Patients with Chronic Disease 5
Advanced Topics in Experimental Clinical Psychology 5
Biological Underpinnings of Psychopathology 5

Relevant track-specific electives

Overview of all electives from the 1-year-MSc programme Psychology

Transdiagnostic Approach of Eating Disorders 5

Profile Brain & Cognition

Overview of electives in profile Brain and Cognition

Second Year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

Research Internship Psychology 20
Master Thesis in Researchmaster Psychology 20
Analysis of Own Data 5
Presenting Your Research 5

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Programme description

Students who choose to take the Research Master Programme in the track Clinical and Health Psychology acquire in-depth knowledge of a broad range of theories and research domains in this area. The major aim of this Research Master Programme is to provide students with a theoretical background for Clinical and Health Psychology research, assessment and interventions. This includes the acquisition of knowledge relevant to the assessment and treatment of psychopathology, as well as to health promotion and disease prevention and the self-management of chronic diseases. Students acquire advanced research skills by participating in a clinical psychology or health psychology research project.

Theoretical models and research programmes

This track examines new theoretical models and research methods in an informed and critical way in order to prepare students for progression to a PhD programme. Students do this by studying the main theories, methods, and findings of contem­porary research in Clinical and Health Psychology. Elective modules can also be taken from other programmes. Additionally, students in the research programme receive extensive training in advanced academic and research skills. During their research internship and thesis, they focus on a specific topic of their interest in which they acquire hands-on experience by participating in one of the ongoing research projects on the field of Clinical or Health Psychology, under close supervision of the research faculty in research tutorials. Master’s programme – Track Clinical and Health Psychology.

Post-master vocational training

If students wish, they can combine their Research Master track Clinical and Health psychology with courses from the programme of the one-year MSc Clinical psychology in order to qualify for post-master vocational training in the field of mental health care.

Successful completion of this extended programme results in one master diploma (RM) with additional certificates to prove that the student meets the requirements for post-master vocational training for ‘Psychotherapeut’ or ‘Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog’.

For more information please contact Dr. Winnie Gebhardt


Compulsory coursework

The compulsory coursework consists of advanced training in academic and research skills. The design and placement of these modules is designed in such a way that students can immediately apply their newly acquired skills to their own research project. This methodologically-oriented part of the curriculum consists of 9 modules.

Track coursework

In several advanced-level modules, students acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of a range of theories, issues and research domains.

(Track-specific) Electives

Students can further specialize in their area of interest by choosing
20 EC from a wide range of relevant courses offered by other research master specializations and the 1-year MSc program in Psychology.
Students are responsible for verifying whether an elective course fits into their schedule of compulsory coursework. Research master students have access to all extensive courses offered in the 1-year MSc program, and to intensive courses on the condition that there are places available for additional students. Students who wish to take electives outside the Institute of Psychology (or outside Leiden
University) are required to ask approval from the Board of Examiners of the Institute of Psychology.

Purchasing study material

The books are available at a discount via the webshop of the study association Labyrint on presentation of your Labyrint membership pass. Otherwise they can be bought from academic booksellers.