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Psychology Ma, Thesis, 15 Credits

General data

Code: PS040A
Subject/Main field: Psykologi
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 15
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Psychology and Social Work
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/10/2013
Date of change: 10/3/2014
Version valid from: 8/15/2014


The objective for the course is for the student to independently design and carry out a research work, which must be empirically grounded. The research question should be formulated in consultation with the student's supervisor. The research question should have clear relevance for psychology.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students will

Knowledge and understanding
• On the basis of theory and previous research, identify scientific problems, formulate research questions and selecting adequate research designs. Proficiency and Aptitude
• Compile, analyze and interpret the data collected in relation to a given research problem
• Present their findings orally and in writing, and evaluate the scientific value of the results.

Judgement and Approach
• Present, analyze and evaluate others' scientific results, and give constructive criticism.
• Independently evaluate the ethical aspects of the research process


An empirical study will be conducted and the results are presented in the form of a scientific report which is composed in accordance with the guidelines for empirical research in psychology for international publication.

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor with 90 credits in psychology, including thesis work of at least 15 credits, or corresponding foreign education. At least 15 credits in psychology on master level, including 7.5 credits research methods and ethics.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching consists primarily of individual tutoring. Teaching in the form of supervision means that the students are helped to plan, implement, analyze and report scientific work. The course ends with mandatory seminars where the opposition will be given in another essay, and where the thesis is defended.

Examination form

At a final seminar at the end of the semester, the students will independently presents and defend their theses. Apart from defending her/his own thesis, the student will serve as an opponent on a fellow student´s thesis, as well as attending three other thesis seminars.

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Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Till kursen förekommer ingen obligatorisk litteratur. Examensarbetet innebär fördjupade studier av ett relevant område. Litteraturen för detta väljs individuellt i samråd med uppsatshandledaren och redovisas i uppsatsen.

There is no pre-determined reading for this course. In writing the thesis, in-depth studies of a relevant field is required. The literature is selected individually in consultation with the supervisor.