Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology

Do you wish to comprehend human behaviour? Would you like to help people or organisations solve their problems professionally? If so, choose the best bachelor in Psychology in the Netherlands.

The bachelor in Psychology works with the small-scale teaching / learning method of Problem-Based Learning (PBL). In groups of around ten students, you discuss real-life cases which psychologists are confronted with in their work on a daily basis, providing you with an insight into the psychologist’s practice. This concerns subjects such as memory, anxiety, burnout, learning, group behaviour, etc.

The BSc Psychology puts an emphasis on the practical application of theoretical knowledge. This means that you will not only acquire knowledge about the main psychological theories, but also develop basic skills required for a psychologist during practical sessions. These include psychological discussion, diagnostic and intervention skills. Plenty of attention is devoted to training scientific research and writing skills as well.

The intensive and stimulating teaching has led national magazines Elsevier and Keuzegids Universiteiten 2013 to vote the programme the best in the Netherlands and to label it as ‘top quality education’.

Why study a Bachelor in Psychology in Rotterdam?

Psychology in Rotterdam offers:
  • a top educational programme which has been voted the best in the Netherlands for ten years in a row;
  • varied studies into human behaviour;
  • small groups;
  • attention to both theory and practice;
  • a stimulating and intensive learning environment in which students learn to think critically;
  • the choice of three English-language master programmes;
  • internationally leading scientists and research.

Career opportunities Bachelor in Psychology

As a graduate in Psychology, you can work in many areas. Particularly in industry and education there is great demand for well-qualified psychologists. Are you more interested in science? The International Bachelor in Psychology also prepares you for a career as a researcher in this field.

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Education objectives Bachelor in Psychology

After graduating in Psychology:

  • you have both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in psychology;
  • you can deal with psychologically related issues,
  • you can perform responsible scientific research and analysis;
  • you can prepare a diagnosis and a treatment strategy;
  • you are able to work in education, research or industry.

Curriculum Bachelor in Psychology

The bachelor programme in Psychology takes three years. A study year consists of eight blocks of five weeks each and runs from September until July. Every block focuses on a specific subject or area and involves both theory and practice. You follow a study year together with your class. This strengthens your bond with your fellow students and encourages you to succeed.

By choosing Rotterdam, you also choose Problem-Based Learning (PBL). In small groups, you analyse concrete problems and you look for information in books, journals and digital media. You will find plenty of information in our electronic learning environment ‘PsyWeb’, which includes enlightening videos, presentations and animations about psychology. You learn skills which will be useful in your career, such as diagnostics, treatment methods and discussion skills.

After a selection procedure, gifted students can take part in the Erasmus Honours Programme.

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Target audience Bachelor in Psychology

Are you interested in everything related to human behaviour? Are you independent and disciplined and do you aim to make the best of your study in an international study environment? If so, the bachelor programme in Psychology will provide you with a variety of courses preparing you for a career in the field you prefer, such as education, business or research.

Admission criteria Bachelor in Psychology

Anyone with a pre-university diploma (Dutch vwo or foreign equivalent) is welcome to study Psychology. However, it is important that you are good at English and desirable that you studied maths at secondary or high school.

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Application Bachelor in Psychology

Prospective students interested in Psychology will need to submit an application for admission to the department, step 1 of the process. You are asked to enclose the following documents:

  • TOEFL or IELTS test result;
  • certified copies of diplomas and transcripts;
  • letter of motivation.

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Continuing with a Master of Science in Psychology

A completed bachelor degree in Psychology will grant you admission to the master programme in Psychology, which belongs to the top of its field in the Netherlands. We turn you into a critical professional, with good theoretical knowledge and excellent research and practical skills.

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