International Bachelor in Psychology

Teaching Method

If you choose to study psychology in Rotterdam, the Problem-Based Learning teaching method must appeal to you. This is a successful and respected teaching method, yet a different way of teaching than is provided at the majority of schools and universities. You are expected to actively participate in lectures.

Student-centred PBL 

With this teaching method, you have few mass lectures where you simply sit and listen to your lecturers, instead having to search for the information you need in small groups. You use the knowledge you already to acquire new knowledge.

Tutorial group meetings

You are split into groups of around ten students. In each class a problem is presented (for example, an issue involving a child with ADHD). Every week, you meet up with this group to discuss the theme of this class and to resolve the problem defined.  You do this by thinking about what you already know about the subject, discussing with your fellow students, seeking out relevant literature, and by carefully elaborating all information on the topic.

One student is appointed chairperson and leads the discussion. The group is guided by a tutor, a lecturer who monitors the group and the lessons, but does not provide any answers.


You actively engage with the material yourself, together with your fellow students. This has certain major advantages: 

  • You improve your understanding and retention of what you've learned;
  • You learn to think critically and to filter information;
  • The material you study is immediately applicable;
  • You learn to verbalise your thoughts during discussions;
  • You learn to study in a disciplined way, and are responsible yourself for your knowledge;
  • Through close interaction with your classmates, you get to know each other well.

Course book

At the start of each subject, you receive a ‘block book’ compiled by academic staff. This contains all important information about the subjects: your lecturers, the learning objectives, the skills you will acquire, essential and recommended literature to study and information about the topics that are discussed in each class. This is the most important part of the book, as it introduces the themes  you will discuss in the lectures.

Contact hours

You have on average ten contact hours a week. This time is spread over lectures, tutor groups and practice. You spend the remaining time on self study and resolving the problem, which you can do alone or in groups. The majority of students spend around 40 hours a week on their studies. Read more about the weekly schedule.

Watch the video below and learn more about the Problem-Based Learning teachting method!

Teaching Method