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PSY-3900 Master's Thesis in Psychology - 60 stp


The course is administrated by

Faculty of Health Sciences

Type of course

The course is for students in the master’s degree programme in psychology and cannot be taken as a singular course. 

Course contents

PSY-3900 will enable students to 

 

There are two types of teaching related to the master’s thesis: (1) teaching of relevant general skills for all master’s degree students, and (2) supervision of the individual student’s research work related to the thesis.  

The aim of the general skills component is to provide professional development and career guidance. Topics under professional development include: (1) research ethics with an emphasis on ethical issues and obligations, and research ethics bodies and procedures, (2) writing articles, (3) oral presentations to different audiences using visual media such as PowerPoint and video, and (4) poster creation and presentation. There will also be instruction in writing applications for research funding and research conferences. The UiT Careers Centre offers suitable career advice for students taking a  master’s degree in psychology. 

The formal work on the master’s thesis takes place during the last three semesters of the programme, but work on the thesis may be planned as early as the end of the first semester as part of the PSY-3000 Research Proseminar, a course which enables students to get to know and connect with possible supervisors. The student and the supervisor could at that time begin a dialogue on possible content for the master’s thesis and start making decisions for the student’s academic portfolio. 

Second semester (10 ECTS) 

During this semester, students are expected to familiarise themselves with relevant literature, prepare a specific research topic and draw up an initial draft of the introduction to the thesis. Students will also present their project orally to an academic forum, participate in the annual day-long Masters event with poster presentations and workshop with current and former master’s students, and receive general career advice from the Careers Centre. 

Third semester (20 ECTS) 

For projects involving empirical data, most of the data collection will take place this semester. For theoretical projects, the work will be clarified in consultation with the supervisor. The professional development component will include instruction on how to write good applications for conference presentations and research funding, and the Careers Centre will offer a Careers Day and a course in CV writing and job searching. 

Fourth semester (30 ECTS) 

During this semester, the master’s thesis will be completed and submitted. There will be a poster design course, after which posters will be presented at the annual day-long Masters event with poster presentations and workshop with current and former master’s students, and the Careers Centre will offer an interview training course. 


Obligatory prerequisites

PSY-3000 Research Proseminar

Objective of the course

Upon completion of the second semester (10 ECTS), students should be able to: 

 

Upon completion of the third semester (20 ECTS), students should be able to: 

 

For work based on empirical data, most of the data collection will take place this semester. For theoretical projects, the work will be clarified in consultation with the supervisor. 

 

Upon completion of the fourth semester (30 ECTS), students should be able to: 


Language of instruction

English

Teaching methods

Teaching and learning methods will depend on the topic and may include lectures, discussions, group work, workshops and practical exercises. 

Assessment

Examination: 

The master’s thesis is to be submitted in MUNIN. It will be assigned a grade on the scale A-F, where A-E are pass marks and F is a fail. Students who are given F will be allowed to re-take the examination early in the following semester. 

 

Each semester, all academic and professional development work requirements must be approved by the supervisors and submitted with the supervision contract at the end of the semester. The work will be verified by the Master’s Degree Committee. When the work submitted has been approved by the supervisor and the Committee, the student is entitled to continue to the next semester of the course. 

 

Work requirements: 

Work requirements for the second semester include: 

 

Copies of the work requirements must be attached to a completed copy of the contract page for the second semester, signed by the student and the supervisor. 

 

Work requirements for the third semester include: 

 

Copies of the work requirements must be attached to a completed copy of the contract page for the third semester, signed by the student and the supervisor. 

 

Work requirements for the fourth semester include: 

 

Copies of the work requirements must be attached to a completed copy of the contract page for the fourth semester, signed by the student and the supervisor. 

Lectures Spring 2022
Kontakt veileder for veiledning.Informasjonsmøte: Se timeplanen. Fagansvarlig: Tove Dahl
Veiledning 1. sem. For veiledning kontakt faglærer / koordinator.

Forelesninger f.bibl. Torstein Låg
f.aman. Kamilla Rognmo
Tone Iselin Persen
f.aman. Audun Hetland
f.kons. Jon Andre Dalbakk
prof. Matthias Bodo Mittner
Torger Grytå
f.aman. Mikolaj Lukasz Hernik