Study plan for BAPS-AOP Work- and Organisational Psychology, Bachelor's, 3 years, fall 2020

Name of qualification

Bachelor in Work- and organizational psychology

ECTS Credits

The bachelor's programme has a scope of 180 credits, and a 3-year nominal period of study.



Language of Instruction




Applications to the programme must be sent via the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service, 15 April.

Objectives and content

The bachelor's programme in Work and Organizational Psychology takes 3 years (180 credits). It consists of introductory courses of up to 30 credits, including Ex.phil., and 120 credits of specialization (1 1/2 year studies) in the field of work and organizational psychology, or an approved combination of subjects. All or part of the final 30 credits can be chosen from other subjects. A completed bachelor's programme leads to the degree Bachelor in Culture and Social Science.

Academic content:

The programme is based on the fact that work life is one of the most important arenas for people today. Through work we meet others, realize and develop ourselves as people, and procure a material foundation for living. During the programme, you will gain a basic understanding of how individuals react and act in relation to different aspects of organizational and work life, and what instruments can be used to develop individuals, groups and organizations, and also what we can do to prevent and handle problems at the workplace.

There is an emphasis on disseminating knowledge about and understanding key areas like organizational theory, leadership, psychosocial working environment factors, stress, accomplishment, burnout, job satisfaction, bullying, conflict management, organizational culture, organizational learning, reorganization, sick leave, and health in work life.

The goal of the programme is to educate graduates who can help businesses understand that people are their most important resource. This is achieved by pointing out the benefit of value creation, health and quality of life. Drawing on their knowledge, graduates can help businesses develop their employees, both in terms of their performance and self-realization.

Required Learning Outcomes

A candidate with a bachelor's degree in occupational and organizational psychology from the Faculty of Psychology , University of Bergen shall:


¿ Have knowledge and understanding of key topics within the field of work and organizational psychology.

¿ Be able to understand how the phenomenon at the individual, dyad , group and organization can be studied and explained in several ways and evaluate different theoretical explanations against each other.

¿ Describe the subject 's historical development.

¿ Be able to keep up to date on the field of work and organizational psychology.


¿ Be able to evaluate different research methods for the collection and analysis of a data set .

¿ Be able to apply individual - , group-based and organizational perspective in the analysis and description of relevant phenomena .

¿ Be able to conduct a literature search and familiarize themselves with and consider the relevant literature.

¿ Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills in line with the field.

¿ In collaboration with other conduct an independent , specified research or development project that is in line with current research ethics norms and rules .


¿ Show a critical approach to current knowledge and practice within the field of work and organizational psychology.

¿ Work independently and with others in groups , organize and schedule work within given deadlines , and in line with ethical requirements and guidelines .

¿ Be able to convey key subject material both orally and in writing to various audiences.

¿ Have knowledge of applicable norms and rules for research ethics.

Admission Requirements

To apply for admission to the bachelor's programme in Work and Organizational Psychology, you must have the Higher Education Entrance Qualification or have met the requirements for prior learning and work experience. No other previous education is required.

Introductory Courses

The first-semester programme consists of Ex.phil, Ex.fac. and an introduction to Psychology, amounting to 30 credits. This programme provides an introduction to different ways of viewing knowledge and science in general, history and theory of science specific to the field, and an introduction to the field of psychology.

  • Ex.phil. (10 credits) gives a general perspective on philosophy. Through teaching and reading the syllabus, you receive an introduction to key general basic issues in Western thinking, especially related to the basic issues of psychology.
  • EXFAC03P: Examen facultatum, psychology (10 credits) addresses the theoretical foundation of psychology, the origins of psychology, and the historical development of psychology as an academic discipline.
  • PSYK100: Introduction to psychology (10 credits) provides a general view of the science of psychology. You learn about the biological foundation of psychology, about memory, learning, developmental psychology, social psychology and personality.

The first semester is compulsory, but you can apply to have it replaced by other approved first-semester combinations.


The specialization is 120 credits, and consists of:

  • PSYK101: General psychology 1 provides an introduction to biological psychology, cognitive psychology, and developmental psychology: the subject gives an understanding of human behaviour and behaviour in other organisms.
  • PSYK102: General psychology 2 provides an introduction to the social foundation of the field of psychology. You also receive knowledge about central theories related to personality. The course also contains a basic introduction to research methods.
  • PSYK202B: Research methods in psychology B. The course provides students with knowledge about scientific research and monitoring methods that are key to psychological and educational research.
  • PSYK106: Personnel psychology focuses on the individual in the organization; both the individual's conditions for entering into the role of employee, and organizations' conditions for handling and developing individuals. The topic of career development in and across organizations is presented.
  • PSYK110: Work and organizational psychology. Organizational psychology primarily addresses the study of organizations and groups, and their management and development. Key topics are communication, conflict and conflict management, organizational culture, organizational learning and organizational development.Work psychology focuses on how those who are professionally active view the working environment and the link between working environment and health. Topics reviewed include psychosocial working environment factors, motivation at work, individual differences, social benefits, bullying, stress and burnout, accomplishment and health in work life.
  • PSYK200: Management psychology gives training on key theories and perspectives on management. This includes a closer look at transformative and destructive management, and the influence of situational factors on management. Drawing on Norwegian and international theory and empirical evidence, we look at the influence of management on the productivity of organizations and the satisfaction of employees.
  • PSYK201: The bachelor's thesis provides an introduction to how an independent academic work is structured. During the course, you will work with fellow students to write a thesis based on in-depth academic studies and empirical work.
  • Elective courses make up the final 30 credits of the degree. In principle they may consist of any type of approved higher education that does not overlap with the compulsory components of the degree. We recommend courses in the social sciences, information science, finance and the humanities.

All courses that are part of the specialization are compulsory for the degree, and for further admission to master's studies.

Recommended electives

Elective courses make up the final 30 credits of the degree. In principle they may consist of any type of approved higher education that does not overlap with the compulsory components of the degree. We recommend courses in the social sciences, information science, finance and the humanities.

Study period abroad

Recommendations will be made regarding educational institutions abroad, preferably places with which the Faculty has already established contact. There are also places in the NORDPLUS, ERASMUS and SOKRATES programmes for student exchanges.

Assessment methods

Emphasis is placed on students gaining experience with different assessment forms. The examination forms are written (written and home examinations) and oral presentations and hearings.

Grading scale

The grading scale A-F is used to assess the different courses.

Access to further studies

The study programme provides grounds for admission to the master's programme in Work and Organizational Psychology, and may also provide a foundation for admission to other master's programmes at the Faculty of Psychology, other faculties at the University, and other universities / university colleges.


The programme provides competence on understanding and developing people, groups and organizations. The programme focuses on disseminating knowledge about value creation, job satisfaction and health in the work arena, so that candidates ¿ in the role of leader, co-worker or adviser ¿ receive adequate competence to understand, protect and develop people in organizations, including preventing strain and resolving conflicts.

Different target groups can apply the programme to different types of career path:

  • Students who want an education in development and management of people in organizations: Personnel and management.
  • Leaders who want to develop personnel-related knowledge and kills: Personnel and management.
  • HR officers, consultants and personnel responsible for training in health, safety and the environment (HSE), and who need professional development and professionalization. Personnel and Consultancy.
  • Employee representatives who want further professional development: Personnel and management.
  • Organizational consultants who want in-depth studies in organization and work: Consultancy and organizational development.
  • Psychologists and cand.psychol. students who want specialization in organization and work: Consultancy and organizational development.
  • Graduates who want to focus on research in the field: Science.