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Study programme

When deciding what to study you undoubtedly read a lot of information about your study programme. Leiden University employs various systems to provide information about programmes and courses and to facilitate communication between lecturers and students.

The Prospectus contains information about all the courses within your study programme. Here you can find all you need to know about your programme. Via the online learning environment Brightspace you can communicate with your lecturers and submit assignments.

Programme Structure

The International Bachelor Psychology (IBP) programme consists of mandatory core courses and courses which you choose according to interest, the specialisation courses and elective courses.

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First year

In the first year of the programme you are introduced to the broad field of psychology with 12 mandatory core courses. For all first-year courses, see the e-Prospectus

Second year

In the first semester of the second year you enroll in mandatory core courses at a higher level. During the second half of second year and in the third year you are able to choose courses according to interest to meet the specialisation and elective course requirement.

  • For the admission requirements, see the courses at the e-Prospectus
  • Be prepared while making your study plan

Third year 

In your third year, you will complete the specialisation and elective requirement and also join a research project and write your bachelor’s thesis on that topic. 

Completion of the degree in 3 years assumes that a student completes 60 ec per academic year. We recommend a study pace of 15 ec per Block.

Types of Courses

Mandatory Core Courses: (120ec)

The first year of the programme is set and all 60 ec of courses are mandatory. In the second year students must complete 45 ec of mandatory core courses and in the third year the Bachelor Project of 15ec is mandatory.

Specialisation and Elective courses (60ec)

The remaining 60ec of credit to complete the bachelor’s degree is made up of courses you choose according to interest to meet the:

  1. Specialisation requirement:  30ec
  2. Elective requirement: 30ec of which at least 5ec must be at 300 level or higher.

Specialisation and Elective courses

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