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Study plan for MAPS-PSYK Psychology, Master's, 2 years, fall 2020

ECTS Credits

The master's programme in Psychology is a two-year study programme (120 credits).

Full-time/Part-time

Full-time

Language of Instruction

Norwegian and/or English

Semester

Autumn

Objectives and content

The study programme is based on a completed bachelor's degree in Psychology. During the first semester, students attend the same teaching and seminars, with focus on relevant perspectives in psychological research, philosophy of science and research methods. Subsequent semesters will give students in-depth studies in the fields of work and organizational psychology or psychological science. During the last year of study, students will be affiliated with one of the Faculty's research groups, and may choose between writing a 60 or 30-credit master's thesis. Those who write a 30-credit master's thesis must take 30 credits of previously-approved elective courses, which may be taken at approved educational institutions abroad. The study programme shall be based on research on and expertise in basic and applied fields in psychology to educate graduates with high competence in psychology, and to provide a foundation for further specialization (PhD and other research in psychology). The study programme provides qualification for different types of work where information competence, critical thinking, dissemination and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team are in demand.

Programme option: Work and organizational psychology:
The goal of the programme option is to give you research-based knowledge about how to understand and develop individuals, groups, and organizations in a work-related context. There will be a special focus on the role of agents of change, and on survey and intervention methods for leadership, group, and organizational development.

Programme option: Social- and cognitive psychology
This study programme option is based on a completed bachelor's degree in Psychology or the equivalent for students who want further education in the field. The programme option focuses on research, and provides an in-depth look at knowledge of traditions, innovation, methods, and use of analytical tools in the field. The programme option is based on both basic research and applied research in the field of psychology. Students can choose in-depth studies in behaviour and neuroscience or in general psychology.

Programme option: Behavioral Neuroscience

The programme aims at giving research-based expertise on the relationship of the brain to behavior and cognition. The programme gives understanding of neuroscience in health as well as various clinical and psychiatric conditions, and practical skills in the laboratory work in neuroscience research, including neuroimaging.

Required Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

On completion of the degree, the graduate shall:

  • Have advanced knowledge in one of the two programme options: work and organizational psychology or psychological science.
  • Have in-depth knowledge about the scientific theories and methods in psychology.

Skills:

On completion of the degree, the graduate shall be able to:

  • Use his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to complete advanced projects and to solve problems.
  • Analyse academic issues and research questions relsted to the field of psychology, the history of psychology, disciplinary traditions, the unique characteristics of the field and its place in society.
  • Analyse existing theories, methods, and interpretations in the field of psychology and work independently on theoretical and practical problem-solving.
  • Apply relevant methods for research and development of the field in an independent manner.
  • Analyse and critically assess different sources of information and use them to structure and formulate academically-based arguments.
  • Complete an independent, well-defined research or development project under supervision that is in line with effective ethical norms and rules for research.

General competence:

On completion of the degree, the graduate shall be able to:

  • Analyse academic, professional and ethical issues related to research in the field of psychology.
  • Disseminate his or her own work and, master the terminology used in the field of psychology.
  • Communicate academic issues, analyses, and conclusions in the field of psychology to both specialists and the general public.
  • Contribute to professional innovation and creative processes.

Master thesis credits

Students can choose to write a 60- or 30-credits master's thesis in Psychology. If one chooses a 30-credits master's thesis, one will also have to take 30 credits of in-depth studies in some area(s) of specialization.

Sequential Requirements, courses

First-semester courses must have been passed before beginning the master's thesis.
It is strongly recommended that students who choose the 30-credits master's thesis write it during the autumn semester (3rd semester). A different order must be approved by the programme board.

Stipulations regarding progress

The master's programme builds on a shared semester for both programme options (autumn semester), which must be completed before proceeding with the master's thesis.

Study period abroad

A student who chooses a 30-credits master's thesis can take up to 30 credits of specialization abroad.

Teaching methods

The form of teaching for each course in the study programme is explained in the course descriptions.

Assessment methods

The form of assessment for the individual courses in the master's programme is explained in the course descriptions. Different forms of assessment are used, like written examinations, home examinations, and portfolio assessment.

Grading scale

The grading scale for the individual courses in the master's programme is explained in the course descriptions. The master's thesis is assessed using the grading scale from A to F.

Access to further studies

Having completed a master's degree, you are qualified for admission to the PhD programme (doctorate).

Evaluation

The master's programme is constantly evaluated in accordance with UiB's quality assurance guidelines. Evaluation of the individual courses in the master's programme is explained in the course descriptions.