PSY4092 – Master thesis in Psychology

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Course content

The Master’s thesis is an independent scientific paper. It shall be conducted in accordance with general scientific standards and the requirements to form and content within the research field that is the focus of the thesis. The thesis can be empirical or theoretical.

Learning outcome

Through the thesis, the student shall demonstrate the ability to treat a defined theme in a professional, ethical and precise manner, within a limited time frame. The student shall acquire an awareness and understanding of research ethics and current issues within the research field. In the presented written work, the students shall therefore be able to:

  • Describe and summarize a specific topic within cognitive neuroscience.
  • Formulate clear and concise research questions and hypotheses.
  • Evaluate the applicability of the chosen design, methods and analysis, and discuss their choices.
  • Argue for different interpretations of research results and their implications for theories within cognitive neuroscience.
  • Present conclusions of the conducted research based on scientific criteria.

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The teaching has the form of individual or collective supervision. All students must have a supervisor with sufficient scientific competence. The students are themselves responsible for finding a supervisor. A supervision agreement shall be signed by both parties, and must be submitted to the course administrators in due time.

A project plan is set up by the student and agreed upon by the supervisor, and the supervisor must notify the administration that the plan is approved by him/her.

You can read more about supervision in the document concerning requirements.


The students’ written thesis will be assessed, and an oral defence of the thesis will be conducted.

The final grade will reflect the concurrent evaluation of the presentation and the written work.

Before submitting the master thesis, the student must have completed the following mandatory activities:

  • Obligatory activity 1: Handing in supervision agreeent within 1.september
  • Obligatory activity 2: Set up a project plan and have it approved by supervisor within 16 October

Handing in the master thesis
The deadline is set to April/May or October (one semester late). The thesis must be uploaded to  DUO vitenarkiv within the deadline.

Is the thesis work delayed and you need to ask for an extension?
If you are ill in the days prior to handing in the thesis, you can ask for a couple of days extension to make up for what you lost during those few days. You need to apply to the department and document the illness.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

The students’ written thesis will be assessed, and a public presentation/defence of the thesis examiner(s) and supervisor(s) will be conducted. The grade given on the thesis is based on a complete evaluation of the presentation, the written work, as well as the practical conduct of the student

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

A master’s thesis that is not passed may be resubmitted only once, and then within the agreed time and in revised form. A master’s thesis that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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