Psychology 3, advanced course, 30 credits

Psykologi 3, fördjupningskurs, 30 hp


Main field of study


Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Ulf Träff, Michael Tholander

Course coordinator

Ulf Träff, Michael Tholander

Director of studies or equivalent

Arvid Erlandsson


Carl Löfstrand, Administratör

Kenny Skagerlund, Studierektor

Pernilla Ahrén, Studievägledare

ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2024 202434-202503 Swedish Linköping, Valla

Main field of study


Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

  • 30 ECTS credits passed in Psychology, basic course or the equivalent
  • 30 ECTS credits passed in Psychology, continuation course including at least 7.5 ECTS credits method studies and 7.5 ECTS credits project 

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should:

  • in collaboration with others, be able to plan, carry out and, orally and in writing, present a scientific work within one of the subareas of psychology
  • in collaboration with others, be able to collect, qualitatively and quantitatively process and analyse, and in a scientific way compile data
  • be able to read, evaluate, critically reflect on and discuss own and others' studies
  • be able to account for and use research-ethical principles regarding psychological research

Course content

Empirical Methods, 7.5 HE credits

(Metod 2)
The statistical part covers variance analysis and analysis of regression. In the qualitative element, the qualities or prominent features of a phenomenon are analysed. In this second method block, qualitative methods are covered more prominently and in detail. Within the scope of the course, practical applications are made, partly by statistics (e.g. computer exercises), partly the use of different qualitative methods.

Preparatory Course for Thesis in Psychology, 7.5 HE credits

(Uppsatsförberedande kurs)
The aim of this module is that the student should acquire advanced knowledge of the issues that surround a scientific work. Examples of different psychological research approaches and research fields are highlighted. Different scientific presentation forms are also covered.

Thesis, 15 HE credits

The students should, in pairs, in consultation with the supervisor select, delimit and define a psychological problem and highlight it with an adequate method. The work should be presented in writing and defended orally.

Teaching and working methods

Parts of the course contents are introduced via lectures. Supervision is provided as support for the thesis work. Seminars, exercises and written assignments may also be included. In addition to this, the student should study independently, individually and/or in groups, and with thesis work in groups.


Examination, compulsory seminars, compulsory exercises and written assignments.

An essay should be written in groups, and presented and defended in an open seminar, where the requirements that are set for scientific work constitutes the basis for discussion. The students should, in groups, publicly discuss another essay. The student should actively participate in at least three additional seminars. The essay grade is based on a balance of the quality of the essay and the quality of the thesis defence and review, where the essay carries the most weight.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is conducted in such a way that there are equal opportunities with regard to sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation and age.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande
Code Name Scope Grading scale
KVAL Qualitative reserach method 3.5 credits U, G, VG
KVAN Quantitative reserach method 4 credits U, G, VG
FÖRB Preparatory Course for Thesis in Psychology 7.5 credits U, G, VG
UPPS Thesis 15 credits U, G, VG
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