Master in Psychology

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Program Description

Master in Psychology

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Psychology

Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology

Erasmus University

Do you wish to comprehend human behaviour? We offer you one of the best Master programmes in Psychology in the Netherlands.

Are you interested in the ways to compose the best-performing team, or to select the right people for a job? Are you curious how brain structures are involved in processing and representing emotions and actions? Did you ever wonder how people learn? How can you teach a child to read, or a pilot to fly an aircraft? If one of the answers is yes, our Master’s degree programme might be perfect for you!

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

Why study a Master of 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 psychological issues.
  • The programme offers a strong emphasis and first-rate preparation for a career in education, business or research.
  • One of the best Master programmes in Psychology in the Netherlands according to Elsevier 2015.

Choose your specialisation

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.

Brain and Cognition

What is this specialisation about?

We are transported to a different world when we read a story, even though our eyes are just looking at black marks on white paper. We can rapidly decide whether an animal is a cat or a dog, even though we have never seen that particular animal before. When something in our environment is threatening, we automatically focus on its movement and shape rather than on its colour and other details.

These are all functions of human cognition: memory, language, categorization, and emotion. Understanding these functions and how the brain performs them requires sophisticated and theoretically-motivated experimental studies.

The human brain has an immense capacity to process information and represent the outside world. A critical question is how the various brain structures are involved in processing and representing emotions, actions, language, and concepts. This question can only be successfully addressed by combining biological and cognitive perspectives on brain functioning. The Brain and Cognition programme at the Erasmus University Rotterdam offers such a combination of perspectives.

In a unique active learning environment, students will be equipped with theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills to tackle questions regarding brain functioning and cognitive-emotional processes. You will be trained in current theories and advanced research methodology, including behavioural tasks, eye tracking, EEG, fMRI, and advanced statistics. In addition to dynamic Problem-Guided class discussions, there will be lab assignments and research projects. Successful completion of the program will make the student well-prepared for a successful career in academia or industry in the domain of brain and cognition.

Curriculum

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 Brain and Cognition and one course in statistics.

In the second semester, from February onwards, you will conduct an empirical study and write your Master‘s thesis.

Clinical Psychology

What is this specialisation about?

This specialisation focuses on psychopathology within adults, with the scientific approach as a central element. We focus on studying the more complex varieties of psychopathology within an urban context, such as Rotterdam. It is in this context where we often face complex psychopathological problems, like crime-related issues, personality disorders and addiction.

Within each (theoretical) course of this Master programme, we will discuss the methods of research that are used in the clinical scientific field to study abnormal behaviour, its aetiology and treatments. This theoretical and methodological knowledge will be discussed in a unique active learning environment in small groups of 12 students (Problem-Based Learning method). In addition, during the practical research skills training, you will learn to tackle questions regarding brain functioning and cognitive-emotional processes. In these practise groups, there will be lab assignments and research projects, and you will work together with students from the Master track “Brain & Cognition”.

NB: The difference between the English track of the Master programme and the Dutch track Klinische Psychologie is that the English-taught track emphasizes the theoretical perspective and research skills, while the Dutch one is focused on preparing its students for the profession of clinical therapist and the required practical skills. As a result, this English Master programme is not suited for those who intend to eventually work in clinical psychology practice, e.g., as a counsellor or psychotherapist. The English track of the programme provides a training in research skills rather than clinical skills.

Curriculum

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 period, i.e. lectures, tutorials, practical meetings and assignments, are related to this theme. The Master’s programme consists of three modules in which you will both study the topics of the specialisation of Clinical Psychology (courses) and Brain and Cognition (practicals) and one course in statistics.

In the second part of the academic year, you will independently carry out scientific research in the field of clinical psychology as a mandatory part of the programme.

Positive Organisational Psychology

What is this specialisation about?

Organisations have a competitive advantage when their employees have the drive to thrive. This specialisation emphasizes organisational psychology, but also the role of emotions in modern organisations and new methods in personnel selection (e.g. webcam tests and computer games as selection tools). The research interests of the programme include the Job Demands-Resources model, work engagement, the work-family interface, group processes, and job performance.

This specialisation focuses specifically on the core elements of modern organisational psychology, including positive organisational behaviour (engagement in work and organisational performance), the latest trends in team dynamics (team diversity and leadership) and the selection and socialisation of personnel (including webcam tests and games as selection tools).

You will use problem-based learning techniques in small groups to learn about attitudes and emotions in organisations, employee team dynamics, and selection and socialisation processes. Included in the programme are opportunities to develop your professional skills as an organisational psychologist.

Curriculum

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 Positive Organisational Psychology 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 addition, in some cases, it is possible to do an internship during the semester of the Master’s programme.

Psychology of Human Learning and Performance

What is this specialisation about?

If you wonder how people can optimally learn and perform, then this Master is the right choice for you. You will learn to apply scientific insights to get the best out of each individual.

Learning and performance are essential parts of life. However, most types of learning and performance do not come naturally, but need high-quality instruction. In the Master Psychology of Human Learning and Performance, you will discover how people optimally learn and perform, and which mechanisms are involved. These insights are applied to make learning environments as effective as possible for each individual learner and to improve our current approaches to training and teaching.

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.

Curriculum

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 addition, in some cases, it is possible to do an internship during the semester of the Master’s programme.

Career opportunities

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

The Brain and Cognition specialisation prepares you for a successful career in academia or industry. The specialisation in Positive Organisational Psychology will prepare you for a function in business, consultancy, training or research. The Psychology of Human Learning and Performance specialisation will prepare you to become a successful designer of learning environments, teacher trainer, researcher or educational policy advisor. The specialisation in Clinical Psychology prepares you for a career as a policy researcher or advisor at institutions researching addictions, like the Trimbos Institute, NIVEL, or governmental organisations; alternatively, you could work as a policy advisor for health insurance companies.

Furthermore, graduates could work as specialists in mental health care supporting general practitioners in intakes and referring people to different specialists. In addition, successful completion of the Master programme will prepare you for a successful career in academia (PhD) or research jobs in the domain of your specialisation.

Please note that this Master programme does not lead to the qualification of the clinical therapist in the Netherlands.

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 in order to accomplish information transfer (as is the case in traditional educational systems), but rather about active participation of the student in small groups. So most of the time, it’s not the teacher who’s explaining, it’s the students themselves.

This student-centred approach stems from the constructivist vision of 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, you have few mass lectures where you simply sit and listen to your lecturers, instead of having to search for the information you need in small groups. You use the knowledge you already to acquire new knowledge. You have on average twelve 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.

Watch the video below and learn more about the Problem-Based Learning.

Admissions

Prior education

You are eligible for admission to the Master programme if you have obtained a Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree in Psychology from a research university. You are also expected to have obtained at least:

  • 15 ECTS in courses related to the preferred field of your specialisation;
  • At least 10 ECTS in statistics courses / advanced research methodology and at least basic SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) skills. You are expected to be familiar with the following statistical techniques (and be able to apply them in SPSS): descriptive statistics, correlation, hypothesis testing, between-subjects versus within-subjects designs, multiple regression, 1-factor and 2-factor ANOVA, repeated measures-ANOVA, MANOVA, GLM, psychometrics, non-parametric testing.

Please have a look here for additional information on your prior education. If you are in doubt about whether your qualification is suitable, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Proof of proficiency in the English language

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. Take this into consideration when you think of applying. Without the results, we will not be able to assess your application.

Language Test Minimum Score Minimum Sub-scores
TOEFL (our TOEFL ID Code 5971) 90 (internet based) 20
IELTS 6.5 6.0
CEF (Common European Framework) C1-level -
Cambridge EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Examinations CAE level B; CPE level C -

Exemptions

You might be exempted from presenting the proof of English proficiency if:

  • 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 and/or
  • You have obtained a diploma of International Baccalaureate (valid for 5 years) and/or
  • You have obtained your diploma in higher education in English (the entire programme).

Please mind that in case you believe that you qualify for an exemption you need to present a proof thereof. 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. 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated March 15, 2018
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This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
Duration
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1 year
Full time
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14,300 EUR
(Non EU/EEA) €2002 EU
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Netherlands - Rotterdam, South Holland
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