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Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology (IBP)


Students of the Dutch bachelor’s programme, see Persoonlijkheids, Klinische en Gezondheidspsychologie

Entry requirements



This course provides an introduction to clinical and health psychology including relevant insights from personality psychology. Clinical psychology is concerned with the characteristics, causes and treatments of psychopathology. Health psychology focuses on health promotion and the psychological characteristics, causes and treatments of physical symptoms and diseases.

Course objectives

  • Students gain knowledge of the diagnosis, aetiology and treatment of the most important forms of psychopathology.

  • Students gain knowledge of the psychological diagnosis, aetiology and treatment of physical disorders and the promotion of healthy behaviour;

  • Students gain basic knowledge of the personality theories needed to understand psychopathology and health problems; and

  • Students gain experience of formulating and implementing a science-based behavioural change programme.


For the timetables of your lectures, work group sessions, and exams, select your study programme.
Psychology timetables

Work group sessions



First year students are automatically enrolled for courses, but do need to register themselves for the exam.

Other students do not only need to register for exams themselves, but also for lectures and work group sessions. For information on registration periods consult the bachelor course registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.

Consult the first year guide in the info for first year students International Bachelor in Psychology

Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

8 lectures and 8 work group sessions. Attendance and active participation in work group sessions is compulsory.

Assessment method

The lectures conclude with an examination consisting of approximately 90 two-choice questions (70% of the mark). The work group sessions conclude with a paper (30% of the final mark).

Regulations on grade calculation

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

This course makes use of a Custom Edition Book that consists of chapters from 3 different books. The title of this compiled volume is Introduction to Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology. Fourth Edition, Leiden University. ISBN 9781308577418.

In addition, the following book is assigned for the work group sessions: K. Pryor. Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training [Paperback] Ringpress Books; 3rd edition (2006). ISBN-13: 978-1860542381. Articles, available via Blackboard. Syllabus (Blackboard)

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