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Master's Programme in Psychological Science

Next programme start: August 2020
Application period: October 16, 2019 - January 15, 2020

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About the programme

Psychological science is the systematic study of human thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. With carefully planned studies and well-informed theories, psychological scientists can provide practical advice for virtually every part of society. Some researchers study environmental attitudes and behaviours that have implications for climate change. Some study how people can organize themselves effectively and collaborate better in work contexts. Others study the psychology in legal contexts and give advice to improve the practices of police, judges, and lawyers.

Programme Syllabus

Preparing for the future with a personalized portfolio

The master's programme in Psychological Science builds on and is designed to promote active involvement and engagement. You will build your own learning portfolios and develop your future career plans as part of the programme.

As you learn about the central concepts, theories, and research in each major area of psychology, you will take complementary research methods courses. This approach integrates 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:

  • personality psychology
  • cognitive psychology
  • social psychology
  • lifespan and developmental psychology
  • biological and human neuropsychology

Research-oriented learning and active participation

From the start and throughout the whole program, you will be part of a research group at the department and a peer group of your classmates.

In the research practicum course, you will be matched with a supervisor, with whom you will work on research projects for three semesters. By collaborating with active researchers in psychology, you will get practical hands-on experience with various research-related tasks as well as in-depth understanding of research challenges. In addition, this collaboration can act as the basis for your master’s thesis that you will write during the fourth semester.

Course readings will primarily include current high-quality research articles from the most influential journals in the field, and courses are taught by teachers who are active researchers in their fields.

Who Should Apply?

  • You want to actively engage with a research group and contribute to an active learning process.
  • You see yourself eventually pursing a PhD in psychology or conducting research as part of your career.
  • You are interested in psychology research and want to develop the skills needed to contribute to the field.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and want to deepen and broaden your knowledge and skills.

"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 & program director, the master’s programme in Psychological Science


Welcome to contact our study counsellor: Elin Carlfalk

Programme Structure and Content

The first three semesters each consist of two mandatory courses in the main areas of psychological science.

  • Psychology as a Science
  • Personality Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Human Neuropsychology

In addition to these six courses, each semester also includes two courses on research methods (a total of six). By the end of the programme, you will have acquired an arsenal of methodological and statistical tools.

The programme includes a three-semester practicum course, in which you will work in one of several research groups at the Department of Psychology or at an external organization or company. The practicum can also act as the basis for your master’s thesis.

In your fourth semester, you will complete your thesis—a publication-quality research report. The thesis provides you with an opportunity to begin to carve out your research specialty and gain experience in planning, executing, and reporting psychological science.

After Graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science with a major in Psychology.

You will be prepared for either PhD studies or for a variety of jobs in the public and private sectors, such as policy analyst, design consultant, or user experience researcher.

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 16, 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


Pictures: Students from class 2018-2020. Photographer: Emelie Asplund

Social Sciences

Meet master students and teachers from our Faculty of Social Sciences. Learn what they care about in the world and why they are here.

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

Teri-Anne again: What is student accommodation like here? Join her while she rings the doorbell at two of her friends' homes.

Welcome Programme

A programme full of events and activities where students are provided with practical information as well as getting to know other students.

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