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Psychology III

Psychology III is the third semester of studying psychology as a bachelor subject. It is also included as the sixth semester on the Bachelor's Programme in Personnel, Work and Organization, 180 credits (PAO). As part of a Bachelor's degree this course makes you eligible to apply for a master's program in psychology.

This course is primarily taught in Swedish so you will find more information on the Swedish version of this page. For instance, there are links to the most recent versions of the module plan for each module.

Tuition on the course assumes that students have an understanding of ground level methods and statistics.

For more details on the course content, see the Modules section below.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of two modules, Methods, 15 credits, and Thesis, 15 credits.


    Methods, 15 credits

    This module concerns both qualitative and quantitative methods that can be used in psychological scientific investigations. Choice of problem, design and method will be discussed from a scientific point of view with consideration of research ethics. Certain steps in the research proposal will be discussed, such as problem identification and formulation, appropriate design choice, sampling methods, and the analysis and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative data. Issues of reliability and validity will be stressed. Applied computer analysis where the emphasis is on practical application of existing statistical programs will form a part of the course.

    In this regard, the course will concern qualitative methods, descriptive and inferential statistics, hypothesis testing with variance analysis, measurement theory and an introduction to classification and cluster analysis by way of a pilot study, seminars and examination.

    Thesis, 15 credits

    This module comprises a suitable research project chosen by the student in agreement with the supervisor, within the limits of local resources and research alignment. This part of the course is to be conducted by way of the students own research plan, carried out and presented in the form of a thesis that is to be submitted to a study seminar. Students are expected to act as opponents and share in at least 5 study seminars.

    Teaching format

    Tuition will be conducted by way of lectures, seminars, laboratory work and personal supervision. Certain parts of the tuition are obligatory.

    As psychology rests on scientific grounds it is essential that students have an insight into the processes that generate new scientific knowledge within this field. In this respect, students are required to act as participants in studies and experiments conducted at the department. A requirement is that such participation extends to at least 3 hours during the course.

    For more detailed information see the module plans.

    Learning outcomes

    On completing this course a student will

    • Have good insight into the research process.
    • Be able to independently identify and analyse research questions, chose an appropriate research design, carry-out data collection and analysis, interpret and work with collected data, and present the data in an acceptable scientific way.
    • Independently be able to carry out a scientific study of psychological relevance, critically evaluate the work of others and give constructive feedback.


    Examination will be by assessment of written reports, comprising group work, laboratory reports and set assignments.

    More detailed information will be given in the module plans.


    Methods, 15 credits
    Joakim Westerlund,

    Thesis, 15 credits
    Stephan Baraldi,

    Cecilia Stenfors (PAO),

    Course leader: Laura Ferrer-Wreder, Head of Studies

  • 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.

    Schedule PS3316 Spring 2021 (PAO)

  • 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