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Master´s Thesis in Psychology, 30 Credits

Swedish name: Masteruppsats i psykologi

This syllabus is valid: 2014-12-29 valid to 2023-08-20 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 2PS050

Credit points: 30

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Psychology: Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)

Grading scale: Three-grade scale

Responsible department: Department of Psychology

Revised by: Head of Department of Psychology, 2014-12-01


The student shall under supervision conduct and report an independent research project at an advanced level. This means that the student should deepen his or her knowledge within one of the reasearch areas represented at the department. The course gives training in formulating research questions and hypotheses, planning a study, collecting data, analyzing and evaluating data, and report results in a written form an at a seminar.

Expected learning outcomes

After the course the student should with a large degree of independence be able to:
- formulate one or several research questions and hypotheses that emerge from recent empirical and theoretical knowledge within the areas of the work choosen
- choose appropriate design and measurement instruments for the work
- collect data appropriate to the design and instruments choosen
- conduct an appropriate analysis of the data
- draw reasonable conclusions
- write an research report according to APA-standard, and publish the report, 
- defend the empirical thesis at a seminar which means that the student shall be able to discuss its strenght and weaknesses and also be able to relate to the own perspective and the context of the thesis topic.
- present and critically discuss someone elses thesis in terms of strenght and weaknesses

Required Knowledge

Univ: Courses corresponding to 120 credits in psychology or equivalent, including 30 credits at an advanced level in psychology or equivalent.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English A. 
Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the 
level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Form of instruction

The student works closely with the supervisor and/or an research group. The research subject is choosen from one of the research subjects represented at the department. The course also includes a number of seminars. Supervision is given within the time fram of the thesis course.

Examination modes

Examination contains five parts: a thesis memo, the written report, a defens of the thesis, and a presentation and a critical discussion of another thesis and publishing the report in DiVA. A thesis memo is presented at a seminar and examined. The independent report will be examined by an examination committee, both the written report and the work process will be judged. The defens, presentation and critical discussion is examined at a seminar. The grading scale includes failed, passed, and passed with distinction for the thesis. For the defens, presentation and critical discussion only the grades failed and passed are applied.

A student who has failed twice on an examination can request from the Board of Under-graduate Studies in Psychology that another teacher is appointed to grade the project work. The student is entitled 5 examinations within two years after the first registration occasion. To pass the entire course all tests and compulsory parts must have been passed. The grade is an integrated judgement of the results from all examination parts, and is given when all parts have been passed.

Credits for previous studies
An application for crediting can be made for a part or a whole course based on previous studies or work experience. If the application is denied a written explanation will be given. It is possible to turn to the board of appeal for the univeristy if the application is denied.
For more information turn to Studentcentrum/Examina.


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