International two-year master’s program in psychology
120 credits cr.
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This 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.
Please note that from autumn 2023 this program will only be available to apply for in the international admissions round. You will find more information about key dates on www.universityadmissions.se
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, stress and sleep, 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.
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)
The elective courses given by the Department of psychology may vary from year to year.
Psychology: History and theory of science, 7,5 credits (code PSMT50, compulsory)
Applied social psychology, 7,5 credits (PSMT57, elective)
Research methods 1, 7,5 credits (PSMT58, compulsory)
Statistics 1, 7,5 credits (PSMT59, compulsory)
Trends in cognition, 7,5 credits (PSMT61, elective)
Psychological aspects on employee selection and recruitment, 7,5 credits (PSMT32, elective but only available to a limited number of students)
Qualitative interviewing – Data collection and analysis, 7,5 credits (PSMT62, compulsory*)
The psychology of leadership, 7,5 credits (PSMT46, elective but only available to a limited number of students)
* You can choose to study Qualitative interviewing, 7,5 credits, OR Applied questionnaire methods, 7,5 credits, see third semester.
Applied questionnaire methods, 7,5 credits (PSMT49, compulsory*)
Psychological and organizational perspectives on work, stress and health, 7,5 credits (PSMT52, elective but only available to a limited number of students)
Higher cognitive functions, 7,5 credits (PSMT55, elective)
Stress and sleep: from bench to bedside, 7,5 credits (PSMT64, elective. New course autumn 2021)
Emotion psychology and affective neuroscience, 7,5 credits (PSMT56, elective)
Social behavior: Insights from evolutionary psychology, 7,5 credits (PSMT53, elective)
* You can choose to study Applied Questionnaire Methods, 7,5 credits, OR Qualitative interviewing, 7,5 credits, see second semester.
Degree project in psychology for Master's Degree, 30 credits (PSMT42, compulsory)
How to apply
The program starts every autumn semester.
The 2024 application period will only be open during the international admissions round. The admissions round is open from 16 October 2023 to 15 January 2024 at www.universityadmissions.se.
Please note the entry requirements and selection criteria so that you can send the appropriate documents to support your application.
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.
Please download our broschure about the programme!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here you will find the answer to some frequently asked questions about the International two-year master program in psychology.
I want to apply to the International two-year master program. Am I eligible?
You can see the requirements for the program elsewhere on this page. Please note that we give no notices on eligibility in advance and all applicants must go through the proper application process through www.universityadmissions.se, where you will also find information on how and when to apply.
Does the International two-year master program allow me to become a licensed psychologist? Is it a clinical program?
No, we do not offer a masters, or any freestanding courses/modules, in clinical psychology. The only way to study to become a licensed clinical psychologist here in Sweden is through the full psychologists programme.
The psychologists programme is a five-year long full time programme (300 credits). After that you are granted a psychologists diploma which is a requirement for gaining a license through the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).
All admissions to the programme are based solely on upper secondary school grades and results on the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test. You can not be admitted based on academic studies.
Please note that the psychologist training programme is offered exclusively in Swedish.
I am a Swedish speaker. Can I study the International two-year master program in Swedish?
No. The International two-year master program is taught fully in English, which includes course literature, examinations and seminars, etc. Everyone is expected to conduct their studies fully in English, including Swedish speaking students.
I am conditionally admitted to the International two-year master program. What do I need to do now?
If you are conditionally admitted, you have to prove that you have the necessary prerequisites for the program before we can register you (you will not be able to register online). You must do this before August 14th, 2023. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org containing verification that you fulfill the requirements (for example, a copy of your final transcript and degree certificate).
Please note that it is not enough that you have the equivalent of 180 credits. You must have a degree certificate or a certificate stating that you have applied for the degree certificate in order to register for the program.
I want to know more about the assessment for the program
At the Department of Psychology we only assess the specific entry requirements. University admissions assesses the general entry requirements.
We have two admission rounds, one international and one national, and we assess the applications in the same way. We only assess whether the applicant has 90 credits in psychology (specific entry requirement) nothing else.
Essay is not a requirement but can give points in the basis of assessment.
The degree requirement is not limited to psychology, the student can therefore become qualified if you have a degree for example in theater and 90 credits in psychology on the side.
Registered students should primarily use Athena for teacher communication.
To contact the Student office or a Student Councellor, see below.Student office - Master's levelStudy councellor - Master's level