What will I learn?

Do you want to help organisations and their employees thrive in a professional way? Are you interested in the ways the brain functions and how you can develop talent through education? If so, this programme is the one for you! Through theory and practice you will encounter various subjects in psychology, such as cognition, learning, addiction, motivation, normal and abnormal behaviour. Knowledge within Psychology is the basis for all other things, it does not limit you once you have finished your studies.

By choosing Rotterdam, you choose Problem-Based Learning. In small groups, you will analyse concrete problems by looking for information in books, journals and digital media. Class discussions will strengthen your bond with fellow students and encourage you to succeed. You will also develop psychological skills which aim to minimize the gap between university and the workplace and ultimately prepare you for your career path.

First year

During the Bachelor’s programme in Psychology, you learn about all the subject areas related to psychology. This means that in the first year, you gain a good overview of all of the disciplines. You, together with your peers, learn and discuss the various theories and concepts related to a certain type of behaviour. Alongside this, you also learn the practical psychological skills aligned to help with this behavior.

Second and third year

In the second year, you will attend more advanced courses in all fields of psychology. Furthermore, there will be an observation week between block 2 and block 3. After your Ba2 year, you will have familiarised yourself with all of the sub-areas of psychology.

In the third year, you have more freedom in terms of what subjects to choose. In the first half of this year, you choose which subjects you want to take in your minor and as (an) elective(s). You can also spend this time at a foreign university or another faculty. Here, we provide you with the opportunity to explore topics beyond the realm of Psychology. Which may guide you in choosing your major and thereafter the career path you wish to follow.

Career opportunities

Studying Psychology can open a multitude of doors. For example, you may want to follow a career as a trainer, selection and assessment advisor, HR consultant, coach or occupational health professional, but also as a researcher at companies and organisations, such as educational consultancies, school inspection services or research agencies.

But the knowledge within Psychology is also the basis for all other things, it does not limit you once you have finished your studies Furthermore, a master’s degree in Psychology provides you with a solid basis to pursue a PhD. Beside the programme it’s good to know that the faculty offers workshops based on the needs of the students in case of career development.

Which department am I in?

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (180 ECTS; 3 Years)

Tuition fees
€6,600.00 (US$ 7,296) per year
Start date

Expected September 2020


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Campus Woudestein,

Mandeville Building, Room T12-47, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50,



3062 PA, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must prove their English Proficiency.

For international students

You are eligible to apply for our bachelor programmes if you have obtained or will obtain a vwo diploma or its foreign equivalent, i.e., a diploma of pre-academic education (secondary school or high school). International Baccalaureate (IB) and European Baccalaureate (EB) diplomas are the international equivalents of national secondary school diplomas.

Language requirements

TOEFL iBT - Minimum score 90, Minimum sub-scores - 20; IELTS - 6.5; Cambridge Exam - CAE: C, CPE: C.