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Master's Programme in Psychology

  • Years4 Semesters
  • Intake40
  • ECTS credits120

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Objectives and content

The study program is based on a bachelor's degree in psychology and gives you expert knowledge and relevant skills in the field of psychology, and a chosen specialization in «social and cognitive psychology» or «behavioral science and neuroscience». As a candidate on the program, you will familiarize yourself with current academic perspectives and challenges in psychological research, carry out an in-depth study of scientific theory and research method, and have an in-depth study course on modern research that is relevant for the two fields of study. In the last year of the programme, your write a master's thesis within your specialisation that makes an independent contribution to the research literature.

Specialization in social and cognitive psychology:

This specialization provides you with in-depth competence in processes and mechanisms that form the behaviour of individuals and in groups. You will gain expert knowledge of human experience and thought processes, cooperation and interaction, influence from groups and culture. You gain an insight into how such knowledge can be used to deal with key challenges in today's society. Many of the topics covered are lack of diversity in society and working life, integration and conflict, safety, risk assessments, HSE and emergency preparedness in work and leisure, mistakes and reliability, tourism experiences, climate and sustainability, conscious and subconscious processes, and how language and culture affect cognition. You will take an active part in one or more research environments throughout the programme, and a master's thesis will be planned using your own data collection. It is possible to arrange a student exchange in the third semester. The programme enables you to understand social and cognitive phenomena, mechanisms and processes to critically assess and contribute to research, and to apply knowledge from research in different areas of society.

Specialization in behavior science and neuroscience

This specialization is about the relationship between brain, behaviour and cognition. The specialisation provides an insight into the theory basis for basic research on the human brain, in addition to research related to psychiatric, neurological and other clinical conditions. Laboratory exercises and practical demonstrations provide expertise in research methodologies in neuroscience, including neuroradiology. Many of the subjects covered are neurobiological and theoretical approaches to emotion, cognition and psychopathology, research methodologies and ethical issues in psychophysiology and neuroscience for research with humans and animals. The course enables you to analyse behaviour and cognitive and emotional processes from the point of view of neuroscience, to understand and use research methods within cognitive neuroscience, and to critically assess research.

Specialization in work and organisational psychology: (last admission Autumn 2020)

This specialization aims to provide research-based knowledge about how to understand and develop individuals, groups and organisations in a work-related context. Particular focus will be on the role as a change agent, and on mapping and intervention methodologies for leadership, group and organisational development.

Semester

Autumn

Masterprogrammet i psykologi

What you Learn

Required Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

Upon completion of the degree, the candidate shall:

  • have in-depth knowledge of scientific topics, theory and perspectives in the field of psychology
  • have in-depth knowledge of the methods in the field of psychology
  • have in-depth knowledge of key topics, theory, methods and fields of work relevant to one of the fields of study «social and cognitive psychology» or «behavior and neuroscience».

Skills:

  • perform work assignments that require familiarity with complex subjects and solve problems related to human phenomena and interaction
  • use their knowledge and abilities to carry out and lead comprehensive projects
  • critically assess assertions and research related to psychological phenomena, mechanisms and processes
  • analyse professional issues and research questions based on the subject of psychology, professional traditions, its nature and place in society
  • work independently with theoretical, analytical and practical problem solving, based on existing theories, methodologies and interpretations within psychology.
  • critically analyse different information sources and use these for academic reasoning
  • undertake an independent research or development project under academic supervision and in line with current research ethical norms and rules.

General competence:

Upon completion of the degree, the candidate shall be able to:

  • analyze professional, professional and research ethics issues within the field of psychology
  • be able to apply qualitative and quantitative approaches to research
  • manage large digital datasets
  • communicate in writing and orally on complex academic topics
  • communicate professional issues, analyzes and conclusions within the field of psychology, both with specialists and in general
  • contribute to professional innovation and innovation processes within the field.

Study Period Abroad

Study period abroad

It is possible and recommended to go on a student exchange and take part of your education in a different country. Students in the specialisation "social and cognitive psychology" can choose to write a 30 credits master's thesis, and take 30 elective credits on student exchange. If you choose to write a 60-credit master's thesis, you can choose to write part of the course thesis while you are on student exchange in your 3rd semester, this applies to both specializations.

Programme structure

Master`s Programme in Psychology (requirement 120 SP)
Branches of study (requirement 120 SP)
Branch of study (requirement 120 SP)
Masterprogram i psykologi, fellesemner (requirement 30 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK301Perspectives in Psychological Science151
MAPSYK302Research Methods152
Arbeids- og organisasjonspsykologi - Fordypningsemner (requirement 30 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK321Organizational, team and leader development151
MAPSYK322Work environment development and work conflict management152
Masterprogram i psykologi - veiledningskontrakt
Mandatory course
Veiledningskontrakt
Valgemne (requirement 15 SP)
Elective course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK323The student consultancy firm: Taking the role of an internal and externatl consultant in organisations154
Master`s Thesis 45 Credits (requirement 45 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK345Master's Thesis in Work and Organisational Psychology453–43
Master`s Thesis (requirement 60 SP)
Elective course
Utveksling, ett semester
Choose minimum one of the courses
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK330Master's Thesis in Psychology303–43
MAPSYK360Master's Thesis in Psychology603–43
30 sp valgemner
Elective course
Utveksling, ett semester
Studieretning Atferd og nevrovitenskap (requirement 120 SP)
Masterprogram i psykologi, fellesemner (requirement 30 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK301Perspectives in Psychological Science151
MAPSYK302Research Methods152
Behavioral Neuroscience - Fordypningsemner (requirement 30 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK319ABehavioral Neuroscience 1: Biological Psychology152
MAPSYK319BCognitive Neuroscience151
Masterprogram i psykologi - veiledningskontrakt
Mandatory course
Veiledningskontrakt
Master`s Thesis 60 Credits (requirement 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK360Master's Thesis in Psychology603–43
Studieretning sosial- og kognitiv psykologi (requirement 120 SP)
Masterprogram i psykologi, fellesemner (requirement 30 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK301Perspectives in Psychological Science151
MAPSYK302Research Methods152
Sosial- og kognitiv psykologi - Fordypningsemner (requirement 30 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK303Anvendt sosial og kognitiv psykologi: Menneskelige faktorer i kritiske situasjoner og kulturelt mangfold i samf. og arb.151
MAPSYK304Research Perspectives in Social and Cognitive Psychology152
Masterprogram i psykologi - veiledningskontrakt
Mandatory course
Veiledningskontrakt
Master`s Thesis (requirement 60 SP)
Elective course
Utveksling, ett semester
Choose minimum one of the courses
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK330Master's Thesis in Psychology303–43
MAPSYK360Master's Thesis in Psychology603–43
30 sp valgemner
Elective course
Utveksling, ett semester
Studieretning psyk. vitenskap - fordypning psykologisk vitenskap (requirement 120 SP)
Masterprogram i psykologi, fellesemner (requirement 30 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK301Perspectives in Psychological Science151
MAPSYK302Research Methods152
Psykologisk vitenskap - Fordypningsemner (requirement 30 SP)
Four of the courses will be offered
Masterprogram i psykologi - veiledningskontrakt
Mandatory course
Veiledningskontrakt
Master`s Thesis (requirement 60 SP)
Elective course
Utveksling, ett semester
Choose minimum one of the courses
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAPSYK330Master's Thesis in Psychology303–43
MAPSYK360Master's Thesis in Psychology603–43
30 sp valgemner
Elective course
Utveksling, ett semester
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester

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