PSY4401B – Project development: Master thesis in work and organizational psychology

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Course content

This course introduces students to the world of research in organizational psychology. Students develop theoretical knowledge on recent developments in this field of research and enhance their skills in analysing and presenting research as well as in writing. The course focuses on a selection of current topics, such as social exchange, employment relationships, organizational change, employee attitudes and behaviour. Only some of these topics will be covered in this course each year.

Learning outcome

This course aims to train the following skills:


  • Understanding theoretical developments in the field of organisational psychology
  • Understanding the structure of arguments used in current research
  • Understanding the methodological design used in scientific papers


  • Being able to identify differences and similarities between different papers
  • Being able to summarize and present current research


  • Being able to discuss limitations of papers
  • Being able to give constructive feedback


  • Being able to identify research gaps and developing research questions
  • Being able to write a research paper in a scientific style


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Students accepted to the master program in psychology at UiO. Erasmus students and students from other master’s programmes at the University of Oslo may be admitted into this course by individual application to the department. The application has to include a confirmation from your department that the course can be a part of your degree


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The prerequisites are the same as the admission criteria for the master discipline in Work & Organisational Psychology.

Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended to have read one of the following textbooks:

  • Arnold, J. et al. (2016): Work Psychology. Understanding human behaviour in the workplace (6th ed.). Harlow, UK: Pearson
  • Greenberg, J., & Baron, R. A. (2008). Behavior in Organizations (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.


Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Rules for passing the course:

  • All tasks are fully carried out and are fully documented.
  • All documents are uploaded to Canvas before the deadline has passed.
  • Attendance at least 80%

Exam paper: Theoretical paper of 3000 words or more focusing on one of the topics discussed in the seminar.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

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

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

If you are an exchange student, please note that you will receive a pass or fail for this course and this cannot be converted into an A-F grading scale.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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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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