Educational Psychology: Learning and Performance

Prior education

You are eligible for admission to the Master programme if you have successfully completed a Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree* from a research university. Whether you are eligible for admission, depends on the specific degree you have obtained.

Please note: the master Psychology implements a capacity limitation per 2022-2023, meaning that a selection procedure will take place when the number of students who are deemed eligible for admission exceed the set capacity.

* Comparable to the Dutch academic level according to the standards of the Dutch Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic).


You will be admitted to the master’s programme if you have successfully completed one of the following programmes:

  • Bachelor Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Bachelor Psychology at a Dutch research university (i.e., you will not be admitted with a degree from a University of Applied Sciences (i.e., “Hoger Beroepsonderwijs”))

Admission to be decided upon by the Admissions Committee

If you have successfully completed a programme in Psychology at a foreign university, you may also be eligible for admission to the master’s programme. Likewise, you may be eligible for admission to the master’s programme in Psychology, if you have successfully completed a programme that is comparable to the Psychology bachelor's programme (from a Dutch or foreign research university). Examples of such programmes include Cognition, Language & Communication, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Psychobiology and Health Sciences. Whether you are eligible for admission to the master’s specialization of your preference, depends on the curriculum of your prior education and your results in statistics courses as part of this education. 

We expect you to have obtained at least:

  • 25 EC in relevant courses, of which at least 15 EC in the field of Psychology; and
  • 15 EC in statistics courses and basic skills in SPSS, JASP or R. You are expected to be familiar with the following statistical techniques (and able to apply them in statistical packages such SPSS, JASP or R): descriptive statistics, correlation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, between-subjects versus within-subjects designs, multiple regression, 1-factor and 2-factor ANOVA, repeated measures ANOVA, GLM, psychometrics, non-parametric testing.

When you apply for the master’s specialization of your preference, the Admissions Committee will assess whether you are eligible for direct admission to the master’s specialisation.

Please note that if you are eligible for admission to a specialisation, based on another prior education than the bachelor’s degree Psychology at EUR (or: with the EUR bachelor’s degree in Psychology but with specialisation that does not align with the master’s programme specialisation of your preference, there is no guarantee that you can directly obtain your degree. You are responsible for filling the gaps in your knowledge and skills of statistics or the specialisation that you have chosen. On this page you will find a list with recommended literature that can help you overcome knowledge deficiencies.

There may be additional requirements, next to a master’s degree, if you want to enroll in certain post-academic vocational training or become a member of a specific professional association. It is your own responsibility to acquire information related to these requirements in case you are considering such options.

Please note: this specialisation has 15 EC or more overlap with the Pedagogical Sciences specialisation Educational Sciences. If you have obtained a degree in or have registered for the Educational Sciences specialisation, it is not possible to register for this specialisation.

Language requirements

A good command of English is essential. Therefore you will have to submit proof of English proficiency in your application.

  • You have obtained a bachelor's diploma from a university in the Netherlands; or
  • You have obtained a pre-university education (VWO) diploma and English was one of the subjects included in the assessment conferring that diploma and graded a 7.0 or higher; or
  • You have obtained a diploma of International Baccalaureate (valid for 5 years); or
  • You are a native speaker of English (i.e. a national of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America) and you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in English for at least 2,5 years in one of the above countries; or
  • You have obtained your diploma of higher education in English (the entire programme) in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States of America.
    • We usually deem the level of English bachelor's programmes at West European or Scandinavian universities sufficient as well.

Please mind that in case you meet one or more of the above-mentioned English language requirements, you need to present a proof thereof. For example, if you have obtained your diploma of higher education in English, we need to see a written proof of it in the form of either a passage in the diploma, grade list, or a letter from the university stating that the language of instruction was English for the entire programme. 

Please note that the test may not be older than two years at the time of application. Also note that it takes several weeks before the results of the tests are known.

Language Test

Minimum Score

Minimum Sub-scores

Internet based (iBT) TOEFL (our TOEFL ID Code 5971)*

100 (internet based)


IELTS Academic



CEF (Common European Framework)



Cambridge EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Examinations

CAE level B
CPE level C


* Please note that Institutional (ITP) TOEFL tests are not accepted.

Would you like to take a language test at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)? The language test, based on CEF, is organised by the Language & Training Centre of EUR and tailored specially for our applicants. More information can be found on the website of the language centre.

If you do not meet our language requirements for the academic year 2023-2024, but already study at ESSB as a pre-master student (in 2022-2023), we offer a special arrangement: you can take the English assessment at the Language & Training Centre of EUR at our expense once.

If you wish to do so, please send an e-mail to (subject “English assessment for pre-master students”) and mention your name, student number, the master programme and specialization you want to apply for. We will inform you on how to register for the English assessment.

The English assessment test rounds will take place in March, April and May. So make sure you email us in time.

This test is only valid for our master programmes and you will therefore not receive a certificate for other purposes.

*If you decide to take a TOEFL or IELTS test instead, this will be at your own risk and expense, meaning you will receive refund with a maximum of €85,-. This refund is based on the cost of the English assessment at the Language & Training Centre of EUR (see above).


Academic performance 

In addition to the credentials mentioned above, the Admissions Board will also take into account your academic performance, i.e. your grades. Please note that there is no minimum score or average grade mentioned; your application will be assessed against the pool of applicants of the given year.   

Additional information

Should the admissions criteria mentioned above be too concise, please refer to the information below.

Prior education

Diplomas will be carefully evaluated to determine whether they qualify as degrees from research universities (as opposed to universities of applied sciences). An evaluation can only be done after the submission of the on-line application form and all required supporting documents. 

In order to be eligible for admission to the programme, you must have fulfilled all the requirements for your bachelor’s degree by August 15 at the very latest. In case you are unable to fulfill these requirements in time, this will result in a denial of admission. 

If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree but expect to before August 15, please send us an official copy of your academic records at the moment of application. In case the transcript of records does not contain any of the following:

  • The name of the programme you are enrolled in;
  • The kind of degree you are studying for;
  • The date of enrollment;
  • The amount of credits you have obtained so far,

you must also provide a statement of your university (please read more information about this) mentioning the date you expect to fulfil all the requirements necessary for graduation. Until we have your documents you might receive a conditional offer, which might become unconditional if we receive the missing documents. 

Proof of English proficiency 

  • If you have obtained your diploma of higher education in English we need to see a written proof of it in the form of either a passage in the diploma, grade list, or a letter from the university stating that the language of instruction was English.
  • Institutional TOEFL tests are not accepted. 
  • The Examination Board makes the final decision on granting you an exemption for English language proficiency. 
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam does not offer any preparatory English courses.
  • Information of the language test, based on CEF, organised by the Language & Training Centre of Erasmus University Rotterdam and tailored specially for our applicants, can be found on the website of the centre.  

Of course, we love to receive applications from all over the world! However, we strongly advise you to look into the (expected) costs of living and studying in Rotterdam before you apply for the programme.

Here you can find an overview of the expected costs, ways to prepare for studying abroad and possibilities for financial support. Please read this information carefully so that you can plan ahead and you know what to expect. 

Housing, fees and immigration

Different individuals are used to different lifestyles and standards of living, hence the cost of your residence in the Netherlands will obviously vary depending on what you choose and can afford.

For more information regarding costs of living and financial support please consult the page dedicated to financing your stayHousing-related information will certainly be of great help for your preparation. For details regarding tuition fees please visit the dedicated page and/or contact Erasmus Student Service Center. In case you want to know more about job possibilities or legal regulations please visit the website that provides advice on working in the Netherlands.

Please note that for non-EEA applicants there are also costs associated with visas and/or residence permits and that tuition fees depend on your nationality and/or immigration status. Be sure to upload all documentation that reflects your nationality and/ or immigration status by submitting all the necessary documentation under ‘proof of ID section of application for admission to a degree programme’. This way the university will have enough information in order to determine the tuition fee you will need to pay.  

External scholarships

For some countries, there may be cultural agreements with the Netherlands which include the possibility of financial support. Please contact your Dutch embassy or consulate for more information, or visit the website and search for scholarships. For information regarding further funding possibilities visit or visit Scholarship, a central European website that provides information on scholarships for studying in Europe.

Scholarships at Erasmus University Rotterdam

For the applicants of the various degree programmes of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam the following funding possibilities are available:

Please keep in mind that more often than not scholarship organisations require an offer of admission in the course of the application for a scholarship, which means that you have to be very cautious about your planning. 

Please go to the Grants & Fees section to read more about scholarship opportunities.

There is no application fee - for submitting an application for admission. However, tuition fees apply in case you are admitted to the programme. 

Have a look at the latest detailed information regarding tuition fees.  

Please know that the programme is full-time and consists of mandatory classes and lectures. It is therefore not possible to combine it with a full-time job. It might be possible to have a side job, however, as the programme is academically demanding and requires 40 work hours weekly, it might be challenging.

In case you want to know more about job possibilities and legal regulations please visit the website providing advice on working in the Netherlands.

The eligibility of your prior education can only be determined after you have submitted an application and only after we have received all requested documents. Prior inquiries will be purely hypothetical. For this reason, we encourage you to officially apply for admission. You can also assess your eligibility yourself by taking a look at the detailed admissions criteria on this page. We have tried to make the criteria as transparent as possible.  

    No, it is a full-time programme. 

    No, the programme starts only once a year, in September.

    A transfer of grades is not possible. Due to the special educational build-up of the curriculum, which mainly consists of obligatory as opposed to optional courses, we, unfortunately, cannot accept transfer students.

    Our programme is an English-taught programme. All lectures and all literature are in English. This requires that you can read, write, speak and understand English at an academic level and thus we need proof thereof from our applicants. This applies to our Dutch and non-Dutch applicants.

    No, you cannot. You will need to do the official TOEFL test at a TOEFL-certified institute. In both cases please visit for more information.

    Yes, in some cases you might be exempted from presenting the results of an English proficiency test. Please have a look on the admission page to find out if you are eligible for exemption. Keep in mind that in case you believe that you qualify for exemption you need to present a proof thereof.

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