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International Bachelor in Psychology

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
01 September 2021

Program description

International Bachelor in Psychology

Do you want to understand why humans behave the way they do or help organisations solve their problems in a professional way? Are you interested in the ways the brain functions and how education can encourage talent development? If so, this is the program for you!

Through theory and practice, you will learn about a wide range of subjects in psychology, such as cognition, learning, addiction, motivation, normal and abnormal behaviour. By choosing Rotterdam, you choose Problem-Based Learning (PBL).

In small groups, you will analyse concrete problems by searching for information in books, journals and digital media. Class discussion will strengthen your bond with fellow students and help you succeed in your studies. During practical sessions you will also develop skills which are useful in your career.

Admission requirements

The International bachelor in Psychology is a numerus fixus programme. This means that we have a limited number of places available (600), that a Selections Assessment is part of the application procedure and that you have to be selected for the programme.

Diploma requirements 

As a rule, you are eligible to apply for our bachelor programme if you have obtained or will obtain a secondary school diploma such as the Dutch vwo diploma, an hbo propedeuse or a foreign equivalent.

Look at our website for all of the specific criteria.

Language requirements

To be able to participate in the small-scale education, a good command of English is essential. You will have to submit language test results along with your application if you do not qualify for exemption. You might be exempted from presenting the proof of English proficiency, please check our website for all of the exceptions.

No mathematics requirement

Since the course includes statistics, which requires a sufficient grasp of mathematics, it is strongly advised that you have had mathematics (pre-academic level) in high school (i.e., secondary school), but there is no mathematics requirement

Participating in the selection procedure

You can participate in the selection procedure for this programme a maximum of three times. There is one selection procedure per year.

If you would like to know more, please send an information request or click on the institute's web page.

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Program content

Do you want to help organisations and their employees thrive in a professional way? Are you interested in the way the brain functions and how you can develop talent through education? If so, this programme will be a perfect fit for you! Through theory and practice you will familiarise yourself with various subjects in psychology.

Within our Psychology programme, we educate using the Problem-Based Learning method. 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 professional skills which aim to minimise the gap between university and the workplace and prepare you for your career path. 

Scholarships & funding

There are scholarships and grants for two groups:

1. Students from abroad, who wish to study at EUR or are already doing so;

2. Students studying at EUR, wishing to go abroad for a while during or after their current study program.

Request information to learn more about the available scholarship opportunities and to find out if you qualify. 

Tuition fees

From the academic year 2020 - 2021 onwards we offer eight master specialisations in Psychology:

  • Brain and Cognition > How is the brain involved in emotions, language, memory, thoughts and actions?

  • Clinical Psychology >This specialisation focuses on adult psychopathology. There are two tracks: ’Research training' and ‘Clinical training’.

  • Forensic and Legal Psychology > This specialisation focuses on psychological contributions to both forensic and legal contexts.

  • Health Psychology & Digital Interventions > This new master programme is aimed at forming science-informed practitioners in digital behaviour change.

  • Human Learning and Performance > How do people learn and perform and how can education be optimised?

  • Organisational Dynamics in the Digital Society> This master programme will provide you with the necessary, multidisciplinary skills to tackle the societal challenges that institutions, organisations and workers are facing within the context of the digital revolution.

  • Psychology of the Digital Media> This master specialisation focuses on the role of the digital media in human thought and behaviour. Students will learn methods such as experience sampling, text mining, and multimedia design methods.

  • Work & Organisational Psychology > How do you select people for jobs and how do employees function optimally?



Career opportunities

Studying psychology gives you a multitude of opportunities with regard to your future career. You can, for example, become a trainer, selection and assessment advisor, HR consultant, coach or occupational health professional. Graduates of this programme also become researchers at companies and organisations, such as educational consultancies, school inspection services or research agencies.

Furthermore, a master degree in Psychology provides you with a solid basis to pursue a PhD. Moreover, the faculty offers workshops based on the needs of the students in case of career development. 

If you want to become a clinical psychologist or health care professional, it is important to realise that a bachelor and a master degree are insufficient. In the Netherlands, postdoctoral training for clinical psychologists is required. If you want to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist in another country, there can be different requirements. These requirements are usually determined by psychologists' national associations. If you are interested in working within the clinical sector in the Netherlands, then learning the language is an absolute prerequisite.

About this institute

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) is home to a vast diversity of study programs and scientific disciplines: Public Administration, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology and Sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and...

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Average rating 4.5

Based on 4 reviews.

Noriah Kim Schlesinger
I completed my Bachelors of science at the ESSB of Erasmus University Rotterdam and I am now currently doing my Masters at the same faculty! I really enjoyed my three years before this and I learned a lot! We had an amazing opportunity to take part in an exchange program which was very important for me! Additionally, we learned a lot throughout ...
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Alicia Marius Le Prince
The international psychology program at Erasmus is for me because of its interactive teaching methods exactly the right choice! Instead of just having lectures the program established study groups or tutorials in which the students explain and teach the material to each other under the supervision of a tutor. For every one that learns best throu...
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Theresa Schmaderer
I have finished the Bachelor in Psychology in the summer of 2019. Overall, the quality of the education was outstanding, the staff very supportive and more than qualified, and the standards can be considered as pretty high. Throughout these three years, I have acquired a variety of new academic skills, such as writing scientific papers, analysis...
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