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Psychology: Clinical Neuropsychology


This master specialisation is grounded in the neurosciences relevant to clinical neuropsychology with a strong focus on evidence-based practice. This means that in the programme students are taught to focus on the conscientious, explicit and well-judged use of current best scientific evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients in terms of diagnostics, prognostics and interventions (the ‘scientist-practitioner’-model).


The specialisation is attractive not only if you wish to become professionally active in the field of clinical neuropsychology, for instance as a Health Care psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist or Clinical Psychologist. The programme is also suitable if you are interested in a scientific career. You are involved in the neuropsychological assessment, treatment and guidance of patients with brain damage.


The curriculum of 60 EC offers a variety of courses and a supervised master thesis. The specialisation consists of:

  • 4 mandatory courses (20 EC)

  • thesis (20 EC)

  • practical internship (10 EC) ánd 10 EC elective course(s) or a clinical practical internship (20 EC)


At the very start of your study year all master’s students enrol for all courses at the Master’s introduction and course enrolment day. At this day the attendance of first year master’s students in Psychology is required if they start with a master’s programme.

Master’s course registration

First year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

Neurocognition 5
Diagnostics in Clinical Neuropsychology 5
Innovations in Clinical Neuropsychology 5
Intervention Strategies in Clinical Neuropsychology 5
Master Thesis in MSc. Psychology 20

Choose one of the following options as internship

Clinical Practical Internship Psychology 20
Internship Psychology 10
Internal Practical Internship (IPI) 10

Recommended electives

See overview of all electives

Methods in Clinical Neuropsychological Research 5
Child Neuropsychology: Theory and Assessment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 5

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Additional information


Internship coordinator

Dr. Ineke van der Ham


Dr. Marit Ruitenberg

Thesis coordinator

Dr. Marit Ruitenberg
Dr. Esther Habers

Student representative

Find your student representative in the overview of programme committee members: Student representative

General coordinator

Prof. Dr. Huub Middelkoop

Career Perspective

A master's degree in Psychology at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with academic and professional skills, making you an attractive candidate for many employers.

If you complete this master’s specialisation you are qualified for any position requiring an MSc in Psychology. You are also well equipped for general research positions and academic policy-making positions, in the following fields: •Health care and social assistance •Psychological advice organisations •Consultancy •Research companies and laboratories both in the private and the public sector

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