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Master Thesis in Research Master Psychology

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2020-2021

Important Note

  • All Semester II bachelor and master psychology courses and examinations (2020-2021) will be offered in an on-line format.

  • If it is safe and possible to do so, supplementary course meetings may be planned on-campus. However, attendance at these meetings will not be required to successfully complete Semester II courses.

  • All obligatory work groups and examinations will be offered on-line during Central European Time, which is local time in the Netherlands.

  • Information on the mode of instruction and the assessment method per course will be offered in Brightspace, considering the possibilities that are available at that moment. The information in Brightspace is leading during the Corona crisis, even if this does not match the information in the Prospectus.

Admission requirements

Open to master students in Psychology.

Description

The student selects a supervisor of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University (i.e., the internal supervisor), who guides the student during his selection of a research lab and topic, will monitor the feasibility of the intended research in the context of the thesis, and will advise the student in the case of difficulties or delays in the progress of his research.

First, students will work on the development of a research question and research design, and will write a research proposal on the basis of the relevant literature. During the second phase they will focus on data collection and data analysis, and during the third phase they will prepare a written research report (master thesis).

In the exceptional case that a student wishes to analyze and write a thesis about an existing (e.g., publicly shared) dataset, the student and their mentor make sure that the student gains plenty of experience with data collection during their Research Internship.

Detailed information about the research master thesis is provided in the Brightspace module ‘Research Master Psychology Internship and Thesis’.

Course objectives

The student selects a supervisor of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University (i.e., the internal supervisor), who guides the student during his selection of a research lab and topic, will monitor the feasibility of the intended research in the context of the thesis, and will advise the student in the case of difficulties or delays in the progress of his research.

First, students will work on the development of a research question and research design, and will write a research proposal on the basis of the relevant literature. During the second phase they will focus on data collection and data analysis, and during the third phase they will prepare a written research report (master thesis).

In the exceptional case that a student wishes to analyze and write a thesis about an existing (e.g., publicly shared) dataset, the student and their mentor make sure that the student gains plenty of experience with data collection during their Research Internship.

Detailed information about the research master thesis is provided in the Brightspace module ‘Research Master Psychology Internship and Thesis’.

Timetable

Individual supervision sessions.

Registration

Registration with the thesis coordinator of the specialization of the student.

Mode of instruction

Individual supervision sessions.

Assessment method

Written research report and complete colloquium card. More information about the assessment of the thesis is provided in the Brightspace module

The Institute of Psychology follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of this fraud policy.

Reading list

Relevant literature on the topic of the research.

Contact information

The master thesis coordinator of the specialisation.