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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.

Ctrl+click on the programme to view it at full-screen. See also the curriculum planner.

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 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 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: (120 ec)

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 15 ec is mandatory.

Specialisation and Elective courses (60 ec)

Of the 60 ec of courses you can choose; in principle, the courses can be chosen according to interest. But there are two conditions:

  1. Students must complete 20 ec of psychology specialisation courses. The remaining 10 ec can be filled with psychology electives or extra psychology specialisation courses taken at Leiden University.
  2. You can choose the remaining 30 ec of courses at your own discretion taking courses within or outside psychology. Note that 5 ec of this 30 ec must be taken at level 300 or higher.

Specialisation and Elective courses

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