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Master Thesis in Researchmaster Psychology



Principal of the track within the Research Master


The research master thesis will enable the student to carry out their own study and gain experience with all the phases of empirical research in psychology, applying the knowledge and skills acquired in different course modules. 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).

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


Relevant literature on the topic of the research.


Written research report. See also the criteria for reviewing the thesis.

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the Additional Rules and Regulations, section 6.

Requirement(s) for application or advice

Mandatory courses of the specialisation.

Education method(s)

Independent research under supervision.


Enrollment per track

Introduction and enrollment for courses of the first semester will take place August 27th 2009. Introduction and enrollment for courses of the second semester will take place in January 2010. More information will be available at the website of the Department of Psychology.

NB: Exam and re-exam registration will take place via U-Twist, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who don’t register, cannot participate in the (re)exam.


Second year of the master