Study plan for BAPS-PSYK General Psychology, Bachelor's, 3 years, fall 2020

Name of qualification

Bachelor in General Psychology

ECTS Credits

The bachelor's programme has a three-year scope (180 credits)



Language of Instruction



Every autumn. Applications to the programme must be sent via the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service.

Objectives and content

The bachelor's programme in General Psychology provides general and theoretical knowledge about the basic disciplines of psychology (biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, personality psychology, and social psychology), with the possibility of in-depth studies in selected fields.

The programme also provides knowledge about general research methods in psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and cognition among people (and animals). Behaviour is explained in psychology through theories that are based on scientific methods. The programme develops your ability to identify and analyze people in interaction with their surroundings. Reading and participating in lectures and seminars familiarizes you with main trends, major theoretical perspectives, key contributions to research and findings in the field of psychology.

Required Learning Outcomes

A candidate with a bachelor's degree in General Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology , University of Bergen shall:


  • Have knowledge and understanding of key topics within the field of psychology.
  • Be able to understand how a psychological phenomenon 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 psychology.


  • Be able to evaluate different research methods for the collection and analysis of a data set .
  • Be able to apply different psychological perspective in the analysis and description of a phenomenon
  • 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 psychology discipline .
  • Conduct a self- limited academic work in line with scientific, methodological and ethical guidelines .


  • Show a critical approach to current knowledge and practice in the psychological field
  • Working independently , organize and plan own 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 General Psychology, you must have the Higher Education Entrance Qualification or have met the requirements for prior learning and work experience.

Recommended electives

Elective courses make up the final 60 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. The Faculty of Psychology has accordingly planned a range of recommended courses and combinations that are useful together with the compulsory elements and which may offer further specialization in the options school, health and business. These courses are particularly recommended: PSYK106, PSYK109, PSYK110, PSYK115, PSYK116 and PSYK117. Courses are offered in psychology, health, health psychology, work and organizational psychology, education, social anthropology, sociology and the social sciences.

Sequential Requirements, courses

The student must have passed the first-semester programme (30 credits). Examinations must also have be passed in the following courses before you can sign up for PSYK250:

Students must have passed PSYK202B at latest in the same semester that they take PSYK250.

We recommend that courses be taken in the following order:

1st semester:
Examen philosophicum (10 credits)
EXFAC03P Examen facultatum (10 credits)
PSYK100 Introduction to psychology (10 credits)

2nd semester:
PSYK101 General psychology 1 (15 credits)
PSYK102 General psychology 2 (15 credits)

3rd semester:
PSYK207 Learning and behavioural psychology (15 credits)
PSYK208 Affect and cognition (15 credits)

4th semester:
PSYK202B Research methods in psychology B (15 credits)
Elective courses (15 credits)

5th semester:
Elective modules (30 credits)

6th semester:
Elective courses (15 credits)
PSYK250 Bachelor's thesis in General Psychology (15 credits)

Study period abroad

There are many options if you want to take a semester or two of your education in another country. The University of Bergen has many exchange agreements, both inside and outside Europe. It is a good idea to travel during the elective part of the programme.

Teaching methods

The teaching will be provided in the form of lectures, seminars, Internet-based teaching material, Internet-based groups and discussion forums.

Assessment methods

Emphasis is placed on students receiving experience with different assessment forms like examinations, written work and multiple-choice assignments.

Grading scale

The grading scale A¿F or Pass/Fail is used to assess courses that are part of the programme.

Access to further studies

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


Based on the combination of subjects, the programme provides competence for work in the public and private sectors, for example in schools, private enterprises, non-profit organizations, and different parts of the health service, etc. where specialized knowledge of psychology is in demand. Supplementary studies for a master's degree give you qualifications for further research, dissemination and teaching on a higher level.


The bachelor's programme is constantly evaluated by the programme examiner in accordance with UiB's quality assurance guidelines. Each course description in the programme explains how the course is evaluated.

Programme committee

The programme board of the Department of Social Psychology is responsible for the academic content, the structure of the programme, and the quality of the study programme.

Administrative responsibility

Faculty of Psychology

Contact: Student Information Center, Faculty of Psychology.