Curriculum

International Bachelor Psychology

Study programme in short

Do you want to help organisations and their employees thrive in a professional way? Are you interested in the ways the brain functions and how you can develop talent through education? If so, this programme is the one for you! Through theory and practice you will encounter various subjects in psychology, such as cognition, learning, addiction, motivation, normal and abnormal behaviour. Knowledge within Psychology is the basis for all other things, it does not limit you once you have finished your studies.

By choosing Rotterdam, you choose Problem-Based Learning. 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 psychological skills which aim to minimize the gap between university and the workplace and ultimately prepare you for your career path. 

First year

During the Bachelor’s programme in Psychology, you learn about all the subject areas related to psychology. This means that in the first year, you gain a good overview of all of the disciplines. You, together with your peers, learn and discuss the various theories and concepts related to a certain type of behaviour. Alongside this, you also learn the practical psychological skills aligned to help with this behavior. For example, in your second course, you cover ‘Personality Psychology’, studying as to why our individual personalities make us behave in different ways. During our practical meetings, you experience what it is like to carry out a personality questionnaire, as well as how to analyse and report the results. You also attend classes in statistics, research methods and practical skills. For instance, you learn how you conduct conversations and how to observe people. You furthermore learn how to conduct experiments, and act as a test subject yourself.

Second and third year

In the second year, you will attend more advanced courses in all fields of psychology. Furthermore, there will be an observation week between block 2 and block 3. After your Ba2 year, you will have familiarised yourself with all of the sub-areas of psychology

In the third year, you have more freedom in terms of what subjects to choose. In the first half of this year, you choose which subjects you want to take in your minor and as (an) elective(s). You can also spend this time at a foreign university or another faculty. Here, we provide you with the opportunity to explore topics beyond the realm of Psychology. Which may guide you in choosing your major and thereafter the career path you wish to follow.

In the second half of the third year, you specialise in the area of psychology that most appeals to you, and these subjects prepare you for a Master’s course. You conclude you Bachelor’s with a dissertation in which you address a psychological issue in a scientific manner.

Curriculum Bachelor 3

Courses of the specialisation in Brain and Cognition

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Minor / Exchange Minor / Exchange Elective / Exchange Foundations of Cognitive Brain Research

    Practicum Performing Replications of Psychological Research
Block 5 Block 6 Block 7 Block 8
 Memory The Brain Bachelor Thesis Bachelor Thesis
  Practical Brain Anatomy    
Total study load: 60 ECTS 


Courses of the specialisation in Clinical Psychology

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Minor / Exchange Minor / Exchange Elective / Exchange Depression and Psychosis


  Practical Psychodiagnostics
Block 5 Block 6 Block 7 Block 8
Eating, Sex and Other Needs Neuropsychology Bachelor Thesis Bachelor Thesis
Practical Anamnesis Practical Neuropsychological Diagnostics II    

Total study load: 60 ECTS


Courses of the specialisation in Education and Development

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Minor / Exchange Minor / Exchange Elective / Exchange Learning and Instruction in Schools
      Practical Psychodiagnostics
Block 5 Block 6 Block 7 Block 8
Engines for Learning Understanding DLYIXSEA & DY5C4LCUL14  Bachelor Thesis Bachelor Thesis
Practical Educational Psychology in Practice Practical Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities    
Total study load: 60 ECTS


Courses of the specialisation in Organisational Psychology

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Minor / Exchange Minor / Exchange Elective / Exchange Leadership & Coaching


  Practical Psychodiagnostics
Block 5 Block 6 Block 7 Block 8
Organisational Psychology Occupational Health and Safety Bachelor Thesis Bachelor Thesis
Practical Organisational Diagnosis Practical Organisational Diagnosis II
 
Total study load: 60 ECTS