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International two-year master’s program in psychology

  • 120 credits

The Department of Psychology is launching a new International two-year master’s programme in psychology, starting in late August 2020. The programme is very diverse and offers you the opportunity to select courses that suits your interests not only in psychology but also in other areas.

The programme’s overall objective is to provide a broad and in-depth knowledge base within the field of psychology. Courses are offered, for example, in social psychology, evolutionary psychology, cognition, biological psychology, developmental psychology and work and organizational psychology.

You can study all the courses at the Department of Psychology, but you can also take some courses at other departments at Stockholm University, or even at other universities - in Sweden or abroad, as part of an exchange programme.

The programme includes research methodology, which may be of use in the labour market in general, but also as a preparation for further studies at the doctoral level in psychology.

  • Programme overview

    The programme is a coherent degree programme that comprises 120 credits, meaning four semesters of full-time studies. The programme consists of four main blocks:

    Block A: 30 credits of compulsory courses
    Block B: 30 credits of elective courses in psychology
    Block C: 30 credits of entirely elective courses
    Block D: Master’s thesis (30 credits)

    Year 1

    As a registered student on these courses you will find specific course information and communication within our learning platform called Athena (interface available in English, of course). Please log in with your University account.

    First semester

    Second semester

    • Trends in cognition, 7,5 credits (PSMT45, elective)
    • Human development – Positive psychological functioning and adaptation in youth, 7,5 credits (PSMT44, elective)
    • Psychological aspects on employee selection and recruitment, 7,5 credits (PSMT32, elective but with limited availability)
    • Qualitative interviewing – Data collection and analysis, 7,5 credits (PSMT40, compulsory*)
    • Human development – Attachment and relational contexts of lifespan development, 7,5 credits (PSMT41, elective)
    • The psychology of leadership, 7,5 credits (PSMT46, elective but with limited availability)

    * Please note that this course is available in Swedish only at this time. You can choose to study this course OR Applied questionnaire methods, 7,5 credits (PSMT49), see third semester.

    Year 2

    As a registered student on these courses you will find specific course information and communication within our learning platform called Athena (interface available in English, of course). Please log in with your University account.

    Third semester

    * You can choose to study this course OR Qualitative interviewing, 7,5 credits (PSMT40), see second semester.

    Fourth semester

    Degree project in psychology for Master's Degree, 30 credits (PSMT42, compulsory)

  • More information

    Stockholm University arranges online meetings, webinars, for prospective as well as admitted students. At the moment there is not a dedicated webinar for this program, but some others if you have general questions about studying at Stockholm University.

    Meet us online

  • Meet us

    Meet our students

    "A memory for life"

    Denise Winroth is studying on the 4th semester of the General masters' program in psychology. As we are now launching the new international program we wanted to ask her some questions which might help you decide whether to apply or not.

    Why did you apply to the General master's program in psychology at Stockholm University?

    The main reason I applied for the master’s in psychology was to further my knowledge in the field, and also to gain a deeper understanding of the research field in particular. Hence, for me, it was a chance to explore and gain experience within the research field of psychological science. And also, to get inspiration towards future career choices.

    What is the best and worst parts of the program so far?

    The best part of the degree was definitely being given the opportunity to go abroad on an Erasmus exchange. Having the chance to study one or two semesters in a different country, with a different culture and educational system is a great learning experience! I can highly recommend all students to go on an exchange if possible.

    The worst part of the degree is probably the lack of practical experience. I was fortunate enough to be able to do an internship while abroad. However, I do believe that incorporating a practical course or component, or internship would give further insight into the research field.

    What are your plans after you finish the program and does it feel like your degree will help you reach your future goals?

    My plans, or my dream at least, is to further my studies and perhaps do a PhD if I am fortunate enough. I do believe that having done my master’s degree in psychology, it will most likely assist in actualising my future aspirations. I also want experience in the field of psychology and can use the empirical background gained from the degree as a foundation for whatever job I stumble upon.

    You have been on a student exchange, how was that? Something you can recommend?

    Yes exactly! As I previously mentioned, I highly value the chance I got to go abroad. I did my exchange in Belgium, and it was in my view, an experience that was valuable beyond academic achievement. I could go on forever about all the positive aspects of the exchange, but to keep it short it was a memory for life.

    Living in another country, learning a new language (trying at least!), meeting people from around the globe, and finding friends for life, and experiencing the culture was well worth the trip!

    There were also challenges, which made the experience better, since you can learn from them and develop on a personal level, not just academically. Strongly recommend everyone to go on an exchange – would do it again if I got the chance!

  • Contact

    Head of studies
    Erik Berntson

    Student administration
    E-mail: expeditionen@psychology.su.se

    Study advisor
    E-mail: study-master@psychology.su.se

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