PSY4401B – Project development: Master thesis in work and organizational psychology
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.
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.
5 credits overlap with PSY4401 – Research Approaches in Work and Organizational Psychology (discontinued)
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
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
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
It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.
The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.
The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.
Resit an examination
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.