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PSY-3000 Research Proseminar - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Health Sciences

Type of course

This course is obligatory for students on the master’s degree programme in psychology. It cannot be taken as a singular course. 

Course contents

This course is the first in an integrated series of courses that form the backbone of the entire master’s degree programme (PSY-3000, PSY-3900-1, PSY-3900-2 and PSY-3900-3). In these courses, students will work hands-on every semester in order to develop skills in research (in collaboration with their thesis supervisors), research communication for different purposes and audiences (partly in collaboration with the Communications Services (Formidlingstjenesten) in the Faculty of Health Sciences), advanced information literacy (in collaboration with the University Library), and career development (in collaboration with the Careers Centre). Information and quality assurance meetings with the master’s programme coordinator and administrative programme advisor also form part of the academic development component of the series. 

The goals of this particular course in the series are as follows: 

This is a mandatory introductory course for students joining the master’s degree programme in psychology at UiT. It sets the stage for their work in PSY-3900 and for productive participation in the entire programme.  

Objective of the course

The expected learning outcomes are as follows: 



Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: 


Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: 


General competence 

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: 

Language of instruction

English, but exams may be written in a Scandinavian language 

Teaching methods

The course begins with an orientation week about the master’s programme (two full days). In the early part of the semester, a series of two-hour lectures is held to introduce potential thesis topics (about 12 hrs). The remaining topics are taught through lectures, dialogue and workshops: research communication (6 hrs), academic development (6 hrs), information literacy (6 hrs) and career development (one-day seminar). In addition, up to four hours of supervision are offered in relation to the mandatory review paper. 

Students are required to attend at least 80% of lectures and to submit a 10-page review paper. Students select one of the thesis topics presented for their review paper.


The exam will consist of: a take-home review paper of 10 pages in length (not counting the title page, abstract and reference list). It is recommended that students choose one of the presented research themes about which they want to write a review paper. Alternatively, they may find their own topic and advisor for the review paper.

The exam will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

Students who fail will be allowed to re-take the examination early in the following semester. A deferred examination is offered in the beginning of the following semester if the student is unable to take the final exam due to illness or other exceptional circumstances. Registration deadline for re-take examinations is January 15. 


The following coursework requirement must be fulfilled and approved in order to take the final exam: 

A minimum of 80% class attendance.

Date for examination

Approved project hand in date 06.12.2021

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Lectures Autumn 2021
First attendance: see timetable!Frist for innlevering av eksamen: 16.11
Forelesning f.bibl. Torstein Låg
f.aman. Rannveig Grøm Sæle
prof. Tove Irene Dahl
post.doc. Kjærsti Thorsteinsen
f.kons. Jon Andre Dalbakk
prof. Gerit Pfuhl
prof. Sarah Elisabeth Martiny
f.aman. Torsten Martiny-Hünger
stip. Vendela Hovland Husberg
f.aman. Gabriella Oturai
f.aman. Monika Abels
f.aman. Mikolaj Lukasz Hernik
Dana Unger