Study programme

If you wonder how people can learn and perform optimally, then this Master’s programme is the right choice for you.

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The Psychology curriculum consists of a series of modules or courses. Every course covers one specific psychological theme. All of the activities that you will undertake during this course, i.e. lectures, tutorials, practical meetings and assignments, are related to this theme. The Master’s programme consists of three courses in which you will study the topics of the specialisation of Psychology of Human Learning and Performance and one course in statistics.

In the second semester, from February onwards, you will conduct an empirical study and write your Master’s thesis. In some cases, it is possible to do an internship during this semester of the Master’s programme.


  • Block 1
    • Innovation in Education and Training
    • Practical Investigating Educational Innovations
  • Block 2
    • Assessment in Education and Training
    • Practical Assessment in Education and Training
  • Block 3
    • Diversity in Education and Training
    • Practical Intercultural Sensitivity and Intercultural Competences
  • Block 4
    • Applied Multivariate Data Analysis
    • Practical Applied Multivariate Data Analysis
  • Block 5-8
    • Practical Internship (optional), Research Proposal & Thesis

Teaching method

Problem-Based Learning

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a method that is based on the idea that the student plays an active role in the learning process (student-centred education). It is not about lecturing with the purpose of information transfer (as is the case in traditional educational systems). Instead, the aim is to stimulate the active participation of the student in small educational groups. Often, it is not the teacher who explains the study materials but the students themselves.

This student-centred approach stems from the constructivist vision on learning which states that the best way to deal with information is to actively construct knowledge instead of passively consuming it.

With Problem-Based Learning, there are a couple of collective lectures during which students listen to their lecturers. The tutorials are at the core of the PBL method. During the tutorials, students search for information which they subsequently discuss in small groups. The student uses his or her own knowledge as a basis to acquire new knowledge. On average, there are twelve contact hours per week. This time is distributed over lectures, tutor groups and practical training. Students spend a large part of their time on self-study and resolving the problem, which can be done individually or in groups. Most students spend approximately 40 hours per week on their studies.

Why study Master Psychology of Human Learning and Performance

The Master’s programme offers an internal approach to current issues in the area of learning performance. You will discover how people learn and perform optimally, and which mechanisms are involved in the learning process. These insights are applied to make learning environments as effective as possible for each individual learner.

Do you wish to improve your comprehension of human learning and performance? We offer you one of the best Master’s programmes in Psychology in the Netherlands.

Have you ever wondered how people learn, how a child can be taught to read, or a pilot to fly an aircraft? Would you like to learn how you can compose the best-performing team, or select the right people for a job? Are you curious to find out how mobile devices can be used in education and training or how emotions and actions can affect learning? If one of the answers to these questions is yes, our Master’s degree programme might be perfect for you!

The MSc in Psychology is a one-year graduate programme designed to equip students with the analytical skills and conceptual knowledge to be able to work independently and in collaboration in the field of their desired specialisation. The programme deals with recent developments in the research field of Human Learning and Performance and uses the most advanced research methods.

Why study this programme in Rotterdam?

This is an intensive programme that emphasises the use of multi-disciplinary research findings to solve authentic psychological problems.

  • You will work in small groups to solve problems you can encounter in the field.
  • You will have ample opportunity to gain professional experience in studying, working, or conducting research at the university and/or an external organisation.
  • The programme offers excellent preparation for a career in education, research, or business.

What is this specialisation about?

The Master’s programme offers an integrated approach to current issues in the area of learning performance. You will discover how people learn and perform optimally, and which mechanisms are involved in the learning process.

These insights are valuable as they can help to improve learning environments and current training and teaching approaches. The individual learner benefits from this as their learning process will become more effective.

In the Master’s programme Psychology of Human Learning and Performance, you will use problem-based learning techniques in small groups to learn about the role of innovations, assessment, and diversity in education and training. You will also have ample opportunity to develop your professional skills as an educational psychologist.

In the programme, we examine, among other things, how the learning process can be supported and how the computer and the Internet can be applied to education and training in order to enhance their effectiveness. What should someone do to become an expert in a certain area and which things should be avoided? How can tests and assessments be tools to stimulate learning? What role do individual differences play in the learning process?

This Master’s programme is focussed on the application of multidisciplinary scientific insights, among others from the fields of educational, cognitive, social and neuropsychology.

Why study in Rotterdam?

Welcome to the highly-ranked Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), a research university located in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. EUR offers 13 selective bachelors, and more than 50 top master programmes, taught in English.

Erasmus University traces its origins back to 1913 as an institute known for its leading economists. Since then, the university has become internationally recognised for its distinct social orientation in education and research. Our 26,000+ students come from more than 100 countries around the world.

Erasmus University Rotterdam. Make it happen.

Career opportunities for
Master Psychology of Human Learning and Performance

Graduates of this programme become successful designers of learning environments, teacher trainers, researchers or educational policy advisors.

With the Human Learning and Performance Master’s degree, you will be employable in a wide range of professions both in the Netherlands as well as abroad. Our graduates have acquired knowledge and skills to design optimal learning environments or training situations tailored to the individual needs or students or employees. They obtain positions in environments where the development and innovation of instructional and training methods, which aim to improve learning and performance, are the main focus. They work as:

  • managers
  • consultants
  • teachers/trainers
  • advisors at e.g. governmental agencies
  • researchers

As a graduate of the programme you can work for various organisations; educational institutions, training centres, consultancy agencies, as well as for companies that develop instructional materials and software (e.g. Philips or the National Aerospace Laboratory).

Furthermore, you can work at companies that are interested in usability and evidence-based design of their products.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this specialisation will be suitable candidates for positions in governmental organisations (policy-makers, policy advisors, lobbyists) and organisations in civil society (e.g. unions, political parties, research institutes) on the local, national or international level. Graduates of this programme currently work as e.g. integration advisors at local governments or as project assistants at e.g. IOM.

Pursuing an academic career?

If you want to proceed with advanced, research-oriented education in the field of sociology you can apply for our Research Master in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts. Conducting research is the central element of this programme. You will receive valuable training which prepares you to apply for a PhD position.

Factsheet summary

  • Official CROHO name: Psychology
  • Programme name: Psychology of Human Learning and Performance
  • Instruction language: English
  • Type: Master
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Location: Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam
  • Tuition fees (2019-2020):
    • €2.083 (Statutory fee)
    • €11.900 (Institutional fee: EEA/EU students)
    • €14.900 (Institutional fee: NON-EEA/EU students)
Program taught in:
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

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Last updated January 31, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
1 year
11,900 EUR
(Institutional fee: EEA/EU students); €14.900 (Institutional fee: NON-EEA/EU students); €2.083 (Statutory fee)
June 1, 2019
(EEA); 15 May (Non-EEA)
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