Erasmus University Rotterdam

Positive Organisational Psychology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English


This Positive Organisational Psychology specialisation is offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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.

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 in 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 to psychological issues.
  • The programme offers a strong emphasis and first-rate preparation for a career in education, business or research.
The specialisation in Positive Organisational Psychology will prepare you for a function in business, consultancy, training or research.


This programme holds NVAO accreditation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Attitudes and Emotions in Organisations
  • Groups at Work
  • Personnel Selection
  • Applied Multivariate Data Analysis
  • Practical Attitudes and Emotions in Organisations
  • Practical Conflict Management and Mediation
  • Management and Mediation
  • Practical Selection and Assessment
  • Practical Applied Multivariate Data Analysis using SPSS
  • Practical Internship (optional), Research Proposal & Thesis 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • €2.060 (Statutory fee)
  • €14.500 (Institutional fee: EEA/EU students)
  • €14.500 (Institutional fee: NON-EEA/EU students)
  • Living costs for Rotterdam

    • 760 - 1270 EUR/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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

    • Tuition waivers for excellent non-EEA applicants. 
    • Holland Scholarship for excellent non-EEA applicants.

    If you have already obtained a Master's degree in the Netherlands and you are pursuing your second full-time Master programme, you might be eligible for the EUR Excellence Scholarship offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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