24 months
1250 EUR/year
980 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Psychology - Theory and Research programme at KU Leuven aims at guiding students to become independent researchers in psychological science. The faculty offers a challenging and dynamic study environment with research-based education delivered in close interaction with internationally renowned researchers. 

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The Psychology - Theory and Research programme at KU Leuven aims to guide students to become independent researchers in psychological science through:

  • thorough training in statistics and research methodology
  • the in-depth study of the basic disciplines of psychology, supplemented with a specialization in subdisciplines like neuroscience, perception, cognition and language, emotion, social and cross-cultural psychology, learning psychology, quantitative psychology and so on.

In addition to individual and group-based coursework, students become immersed in ongoing multidisciplinary research at the faculty.

Career perspectives

The primary purpose of the Master of Psychology: Theory and Research is to prepare students to pursue a PhD project or a research career outside academia. Many of our graduates go on to pursue academic careers at top universities. The programme also provides a solid background for international careers in a variety of other settings, such as:

  • scientific research and policy functions in research institutes
  • somatic and mental health treatment institutions
  • centres for educational research and counselling
  • insurance providers
  • government agencies
  • pharmaceutical, food, and medical technology industries.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistics VI (Seminar on Statistical Analyses of Psychological Research Data)    
  • Advanced Research Methods in Psychology    
  • Topics in Psychonomic Science    
  • Topics in Psychology of Individual Differences    
  • Topics in Lifespan Developmental Psychology    
  • Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience    
  • Topics in Social and Cultural Psychology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To be eligible and to ensure an optimal match with the programme, the following selection criteria apply:

  • holder of a Bachelor or Master's degree in the field of Humanities (e.g. Psychology) or in the field of Science and Technology
  • a strong background in statistics and research methods
  • clear affinity with psychological research

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    1250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1250 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 980 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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