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Programme structure

The educational component in the PhD programme in Psychology amounts to a total of 30 credits (ECTS).

All candidates enrolled in the programme must complete the following courses:

  • The Philosophy and Methodology of Social Sciences (SV9101, 5 credits)
  • Research ethics (PSY9002, 2 credits)
  • Research seminar (one of PSY9202-9212 (in Norwegian) over 3 semesters (A-C) with a short presentation, P and Mid-term evaluation PSY9050)
  • International publishing (PSY9300, 2 credits)
  • Research methodology (PSY9101 and either PSY9102 or PSY9103, total of 6 credits)
  • Free courses in research methods (5 credits)
  • Free courses in theory (5 credits)

Structure of the programme, including course listings (Note: some of the pages are only in Norwegian):

Required courses:


SV9101 Philosophy and Methodology of Social Sciences

 5 credits   (spring/fall)     

PSY9101  and either PSY9102 or PSY9103

 6 credits  (spring)

PSY9002 Research Ethics

 2 credits  (spring)

PSY9300 International Publishing

 2 credits  (spring)

PSY9202 - PSY9212 (research seminars)

 5 credits

Staring spring 2011 - each seminar separated in 4 mandatory parts: PSY920XA-C + P

Midway assessment: all candidates admitted to the programme after 2011 must undertake a midway assessment. The midway assessment is conducted as a mandatory component of the research seminars. The candidate is required to consult the following document for more information about the midway assessment:

Department guidelines for midway assessment



Elective courses (minimum 5 credits for each category):



5 credits

Research Methods

5 credits

Approval of educational programme

The course instructor approves and attests participation in individual courses held by the Department of Psychology. Elective courses can be taken either at the Department of Psychology or other Departments or universities in Norway or abroad. Participation at conferences and seminars may also be counted as electives. The Department, represented by the Head of Research approves external courses within the scope of current guidelines. By application, exemption from one or more of the Department's required courses on the basis of similar courses taken elsewhere may be granted.

Read more about approval of external courses/activities (in Norwegian)

Overview over PhD courses offered at the Department of Psychology (in Norwegian)


Link to old program structures (in Norwegian):

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Published June 16, 2015 1:08 PM - Last modified Jan. 6, 2016 3:34 PM