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What will I learn?

The curriculum of the one-year Master’s specialisation in Methodology and Statistics in Psychology focuses both on in-depth study of theory and on the acquisition of professional and research skills.

What does this master's programme entail?

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:

  • Reviewing the relevant literature
  • Applying theoretical knowledge to analyse practical problems
  • Developing hypotheses and writing research proposals
  • Designing and carrying out empirical studies
  • Designing and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions
  • Conducting advanced statistical analyses
  • Presenting results and recommendations
  • Consultancy

Reasons to choose Methodology and Statistics in Psychology at Leiden University

  • With the master's specialisation Methodology and Statistics in Psychology you will have a great chance at finding a job; no one will be able to draw conclusions from datasets like you can.
  • You will be taught to think Critically and creatively about analysing data, in a pragmatic, data-driven, non-linear fashion.
  • Because Methodology and Statistics is one of the smaller departments of Psychology, teachers and students will work together like a team.

Methodology and Statistics in Psychology: the right programme for you?

The distinctive feature of the programme at Leiden is that the teaching is not restricted only to the theory of research. Within a scientist-practitioner model, these insights are always connected to their behavioural consequences and intervention issues. In this way, not only do you develop your knowledge of psychology and methodology as a science, you also learn to apply this knowledge in order to understand practical problems, and to develop effective interventions for dealing with them.

Career prospects

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.

Skills after graduation

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.

Where do our former students work?

Having completed the specialisation Methodology and Statistics in Psychology, you are likely to find employment in applied research institutes as well as in business, especially in marketing positions. Furthermore, it creates excellent opportunities for starting a career as a consultant in a variety of (applied) research environments, including academic, government and commercial contexts. The programme is also suited to those wishing to pursue a PhD in a wide range of research areas.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,47,386) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

Students with a Bachelor in Psychology from Leiden University are directly eligible for admission, if at least the appropriate specialisation course is completed. Students must apply in Studielink, preferably no later than 1 month before the start of the programme. There is no need to submit an application for admission using the online application portal;

A bachelor degree in Psychology from another University;

A pre-master certificate Psychology from Leiden University.

Prospective students should have proof of thorough proficiency in English by means of one of the following tests :

  • IELTS overall 7.0 and band scores of at least 6.5
  • TOEFL IBT 100, with the following minimum band scores: 22 (reading), 22 (listening), 22 (speaking) and 25 (writing)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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