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Master's Programme in Psychological Science

Next programme start: August 2020
Application period: October 15, 2019 - January 15, 2020

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About the programme

The programme is a research based program that prepares you for either PhD studies or for high-level jobs in the public and private sectors. In addition to being ready for further academic pursuits, you will be prepared to work, for example, as a policy analyst, design consultant, or user experience researcher.

Programme Syllabus

Integrated and lifelong learning

Using an approach that highlights integrated learning of methods and subject-matter content, the programme equips you with practical skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as in-depth knowledge of the main areas of psychological science:

  • cognitive psychology;
  • lifespan/developmental psychology;
  • personality psychology;
  • social psychology, and;
  • biological/human neuropsychology.

The programme courses are designed to give you sustainable knowledge and skills that support life-long learning. We teach you how to plan and execute research projects, and incorporate broadly applicable skills, such as generating research hypotheses, presenting research orally and in writing, collaborating in science, and peer reviewing.

Figure of the areas within psychology covered in the programme

Theory meets practice

The programme includes a practicum component which you can do either in a research project at the department or at an organization or company outside the university. The practicum will also act as the basis for the master thesis that you write during the fourth semester.

By collaborating with active researchers in psychology, you will get practical hands-on experience of various research-related tasks as well as in-depth understanding of research challenges.

Active learning and personalized portfolio

The programme is an international, full-time, campus-based study programme. It builds on and is designed to promote active involvement and engagement of the students. From the start and through the whole program, you will be part of one of the research groups at the department, as well as a peer group of your classmates.

During the course of the programme you build on your personalized learning portfolio which helps you to develop your future career plans and will be a strong addition to your CV.

For whom?

– We want to create a programme full of students who are interested in working with a research group, who want to contribute to an active learning process, and want to contribute to psychology research – as this is exactly what you will do in this programme.
Timothy Luke, senior lecturer, Master’s Programme in Psychological Science

Entry requirements

  • Applicants need to have achieved a Bachelor’s degree of 180 credits with a major in Psychology, and a minimum of 15 credits in research methods.
  • Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in the English language at the level of at least English 6 / English B or equivalent level on an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL or IELTS. Please check for specific information about language requirements at the university admissions' web site.
  • Potential candidates will be asked to submit motivation letters indicating their academic and professional background/experience as well as how the programme will benefit their defined career goals.


You will make your application via www.universityadmissions.se between October 15, 2019 - January 15, 2020.

Please note that this is the application period for all students, Swedish and EU-members as well as other international students.

You need to include the motivation letter with your application, please use the template below. The motivation letter should be in English.

Template motivation letter (pdf)


The program provides in-depth knowledge in psychology and psychology as science. The program is largely research-based and the supervised research practice that is part of the program is great. It provides both work experience and contacts with future potential employers, as well as a very good basis for postgraduate studies in psychology.
Jan Johansson Hanse, Director of Studies for the Third-Cycle Programme in Psychology

I see this Master’s program as very valuable. It increases the ability for the participants to get a critical, scientific and analytic approach which enable them to better meet business needs and be more able to challenge the content and value of common Human Resources processes and tools as management trainings, attitude surveys etcetera.
Göran Ågren, HR Director, Essity Hygiene and Health AB


Welcome to contact our study counsellor: chrissie.evling@psy.gu.se

Social Sciences

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The way we study

The way we study in Sweden. Teri-Anne is a student at the University of Gothenburg. She takes us on a tour to visit some of the international students.

Find a home

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