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Independent Thesis Study in Psychology for Bachelor's Degree (PAO)

This course contains the planning and implementation of a scientific investigation with an empirical basis and which is compiled in the form of a candidate's thesis. The candidate's thesis can be written individually or in pairs.

A research task is chosen by the student in consultation with supervisors within the framework of local resources and the program's research direction. The course is completed by independently planning, carrying out and presenting this task in the form of a thesis that is publicly defended at a seminar.

  • Course structure

    As a registered student on this course you will find detailed course information and communication in the learning platform Athena. Login with your university account.

    The course is taught during the whole semester, with some emphasis on the second half.

    Course instructions
    Independent Thesis Study in Psychology for Bachelor's Degree (PAO), 15 credits, autumn 2023 (566 Kb)  (in Swedish)

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of independent essay work under supervision, lectures and seminars.

    Completion of the project plan and half-term report as well as participation in two ventilation seminars (in addition to the own opposition) of other students' work are mandatory elements of the course.

    See more information in the course instructions.

    Expected study results

    To pass the course, the student must be able to:

    • produce a relevant, clear and scientifically justified question for the subject.
    • on a scientific basis and on the basis of prevailing research ethical principles, independently choose an adequate research design and analytical strategy, carry out own data collection (or prepare and analyze already collected data), and interpret and report results in a scientifically acceptable manner.
    • critically examine and give constructive feedback on other independent work.


    The course is examined through a written independent work, ventilation of the written independent work and opposition to another student's independent work.


    Course leader: Cecilia Stenfors,

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    A complete list of course readings is found in the course syllabus.

    The list is subject to change until two months prior to the start of the course. In case the new course syllabus is missing above by then, please check with the course leader before you buy any expensive books etc.

  • Contact

    Registered students should primarily use Athena for teacher communication.

    To contact the Student office or a Student Councellor, see below.

    More contacts in Education

    Student office - Bachelor's level
    Study councellor - Bachelor's level