Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology

Make the most of the best. Get all-round, in-depth training. Use problem-based learning to solve problems and get practical skills. Apply what you learn and go on to a successful career in psychology.

Be on the cutting edge in a top-rated programme. Specialise in one of three areas of psychology: brain and cognition, organisational psychology or psychology of human learning and performance. Take an integrated approach to brain structure and function, learn how we learn, or delve into organisational behaviour. Build up a skill set in the analysis and resolution of psychological problems.

It's not just a top-rated programme. Erasmus is a highly ranked university in a dynamic and bustling Rotterdam. The problem-based learning approach is centred on you. You will work in small groups and apply the latest theories and methods. You will think and work independently, present results to various audiences, and launch a career in health, education, business or research.

The Master in Psychology is also offered in Dutch.

Why study a Master in Psychology in Rotterdam?

  • This is an intensive programme that emphasises psychology as it is practised. 
  • It is oriented toward problem-solving, and you work in small groups solve to psychological issues.
  • The programme offers a strong emphasis and first-rate preparation for a career in education, business or research.

Career opportunities

A number of possibilities await you as a psychologist.  Depending on your specialty you can become a human-resources manager, a trainer, a career counsellor, a youth worker, an educational advisor, a therapist, or a developmental psychologist.  You can become a researcher at a university or in the pharmaceutical industry, or get started with a counselling office.

Education objectives

Once you graduate you will be able to work in healthcare, business, or education doing any of the following:

  • gather information in a scientific manner;
  • formulate diagnoses and strategies for improvement;
  • draw up and carry out action plans for individuals or groups;
  • note down your results.


Programme of the Master in Psychology:

  • Three courses in the field of your specialisation (for example a course in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Personnel selection or Innovation in Learning Environments)
  • A course in Advanced Research Methods (statistics)
  • A research project resulting in a master's thesis and practical internship (optional)

Read more about: The three specialisations offered in Psychology

Mode of education

In the Master in Psychology, we use Problem Based Learning (PBL). In PBL, students work together in small groups on different psychological problems. Students have an active role and are responsible for their learning process. Once a week you will have a lecture and you will gain experience working as a psychologist in various practical exercises and skills trainings.

Target audience

Students with a fascination for the workings of the human mind do well to sign up for Erasmus University Rotterdam master programme Psychology. The programme is open to students with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and offers a choice of three specialisations: Brain and Cognition, Organisational Psychology and Psychology of Human Learning and Performance.

Admission criteria

The Master in Psychology is open to students with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology who have followed some courses in the field of their specialization. In addition, you need to submit a transcript, proof of English proficiency, a letter of motivation, a resume and a letter of recommendation.

Read more about: Admission criteria Master in Psychology


Read more about: Application Master in Psychology


Please see below for information about the specialisation within this master programme. Whether a specialisation is offered full-time or part-time, is indicated accordingly.

Master specialisation



Brain and Cognition Full-time n/a
Organisational Psychology Full-time n/a
Psychology of Human Learning and Performance Full-time n/a