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Psychology: School Psychology


The mission of this Master’s specialisation in School Psychology is to create positive learning environments to support talent development and potential for learning in all students regardless of their initial intellectual level and mental health problems.


This master’s specialisation responds to and prepares our students for a number of recent changes in the care for children and adolescents: Dutch legislation concerning Inclusive Education (‘Wet op Passend Onderwijs’) and Youth Care (‘Jeugdwet’). One of the consequences of this new Dutch legislation is that schools are responsible for an optimal development of all students, including those with special needs. It is to be expected that schools (primary and secondary) will consult or hire more specialists, such as school psychologists, in order to meet the criteria for inclusive education, for teacher training, and for developing school policy.


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)

  • internship (10 EC) ánd 10 EC elective course(s) or an 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!

Master's Kick-Off

First year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

School-based Prevention and Intervention 5
Educational Neuroscience 5
Needs Based Assessment at School 5
Coaching in Inclusive Education 5
Master Thesis in MSc. Psychology 20

Choose one of the following options as internship

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

Recommended elective

See overview of all electives

International Perspectives on Practicing School Psychology 5

More info

Additional information



Dr. Esther van den Bos bosejvanden@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Thesis coordinator

Dr. Kiki Zanolie c.k.k.zanolie@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Internship coordinator

Femke Stad, MSc f.e.stad@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Student representative

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

Career Perspective

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

Skills after graduation
You have unique knowledge and skills to empower children and adolescents to succeed academically, but also on a social, emotional and behavioral level. You will know how to support academic and socio-emotional development in typically developing youths as well as in youths who experience emotional difficulties or learning problems. You have learned how to create a positive learning context for all students as well as how to diagnose and treat academic and emotional problems within the school context. You will be an expert in working closely with families, teachers, and school teams to support the students’ ability to learn and the teachers ability to teach, by creating a supportive learning environment.

See our website for possible career positions.