Psychology: Health and Medical Psychology
Health and Medical Psychology is a new and rapidly developing sub-discipline of Psychology. It can be described as “the aggregate of the specific educational, scientific and professional contributions of the discipline of Psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, the identification of aetiological and diagnostic correlates of health and illness and related dysfunction, and the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy” (Matarazzo, 1982).
The major aim of this MSc specialisation is to provide students with a theoretical and practical background for health psychology research and interventions. This includes the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to health promotion and disease prevention, to the well being of the physically ill and the self-management of chronic diseases. Students acquire advanced research skills by participating in a health psychology research project. Completion of the MSc degree will prepare the student for subsequent academic degrees, including a PhD. Master’s Programme – Health and Medical Psychology.
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)
Master's Kick Off
At this day (beginning of September for students starting in September / late January for students starting in February) your attendance is strongly advised.
During the Master's Kick Off you will be handed important information on how to organise your studies at Leiden University. A representative of your specialisation will be present. You do not want to miss this!