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Psychology: Methodology and Statistics in Psychology


The curriculum of the one-year Master’s specialisation in Methodology and Statistics focuses both on in-depth study of theory and on the acquisition of professional and research skills.Within a scientist-practitioner model, these insights are always connected to their behavioural consequences and intervention issues.


The objective of the programme is to equip you with advanced training in research methods and professional skills. This will prepare you both for a career involving psychological research as well as for the application of scientific knowledge and methods in various professional settings. Training is provided in all relevant skills, such as reviewing the relevant literature and applying theoretical knowledge to analyse practical problems. Visit our Masters In Leiden page for more information about Methodology and Statistics in Psychology.


The curriculum of 60 EC offers a variety of courses and a supervised master thesis. The specialisation consists of:

  • 5 mandatory courses (25 EC)

  • thesis (20 EC)

  • internship (10 EC)

  • an elective course (5 E)

Master's Kick Off

At this day (beginning of September for students starting in September / late January for students starting in February) your attendance is strongly advised.

During the Master's Kick Off you will be handed important information on how to organise your studies at Leiden University. A representative of your specialisation will be present. You do not want to miss this!

Once the event page of the Master's Kick Off is available, you can find it on the right-hand side of this page.

First year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

Regression Modelling 5
Latent Variable Models 5
Computational Statistics with R 5
Statistical Learning and Prediction 5
Statistical Consulting (Psychology) 5
Master Thesis in MSc. Psychology 20

Choose one of the following options as internship

Internal Practical Internship (IPI) 10
Internship Psychology 10

Recommended electives

Add one elective. See overview of all electives

Statistical Mediation and Moderation 5
fMRI Data and Statistics 5

Pre-master's course

Preparatory Statistics 5

More info

Additional information


Internship coordinator

Zsuzsa Bakk

Thesis coordinator

Dr. Tom Wilderjans


Dr. Tom Wilderjans

Student representative

Find your student representative in the overview of programme committee members: Student representative

General coordinator

Dr. Tom Wilderjans


A master's degree in Psychology at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with academic and professional skills, making you an attractive candidate for many employers.

Research skills
In line with the profile of Leiden University as a research-intensive institution, the teaching programme is based on state-of-the art scientific research. It maintains a strong emphasis on the acquisition of academic and research skills. Completion of the MSc degree prepares you for subsequent academic degrees, including a PhD.

Practical skills
Computer usage plays an important role in most of your courses. Many courses consist of a mix of the theory and practice of computer skills in a laboratory setting. During the year, you are trained in consultancy, since it is very likely that you will require this knowledge in your future career. Furthermore, you are required to write a thesis in which an empirical data set is analysed using several methods. The results of these methods are compared with each other.

See our website for possible career positions.