Degree project in Psychology, Bachelor 15 credits

Examensarbete i psykologi, kandidat
First cycle, P0064A
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 17 Jun 2013

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 11 Jan 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and for admission to this course the student must also have attained 90 credits for the courses which may be included in the Bachelor Programme in Psychology, of which 75 credits must be from the compulsory courses in years 1 and 2. The following courses should be included in this and be completed entirely with at least a pass grade: Theory of Science (P0044A) and Methods in Social Sciences 1 (P0045A) or equivalent courses.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The aim of the course is for the student to practice, develop and show their ability to, in an adequate way, apply theory and method in order to solve problems relevant to activities in psychology. Upon completion of the course the student shall be able to:
  • Develop and formulate a relevant research problem from a selected subject in the area of  psychology
  • Utilize scientific studies and judge their relevance for the selected problem
  • Manage different, and differences between, theoretical areas
  • Carry out a motivated and relevant selection of theoretical foundation for the study
  • Select and motivate specific research methods for the study with understanding of the impact on the final results of the study
  • Collect relevant information for the study connected to selected theory and method
  • In a relevant way present the collected information in written format
  • Based on selected theory and method and in scientifically correct way analyze and draw conclusions concerning the selected research problem
  • Evaluate the scientific and practical relevance of the results
  • Perform written communication in a linguistically and scientifically correct manner
  • Orally communicate the results of the study both to scholars in the area as well as to individuals without specific knowledge in the area
  • Defend the results
  • Critically evaluate other studies in a constructive and scientific manner

The degree project is a essay written by one or two students. The essay shall utilize a scientific approach on a problem in the area of psychology. The essay shall be presented both as a written report and in oral format. Each student shall also evaluate and perform opposition on degree project written by other students.

The department appoints the supervisor. Supervisor and student come to an agreement with respect to a time schedule and the content of the supervision. Material the student wants feedback on should be the supervisor at hand no later than 5 days before a scheduled meeting. Supervision/feedback can be given in terms of a face-to-face meeting or through the use of e-mail or phone and the mode should be stated in the agreement between supervisor and student. Supervision is provided within a period of one semester after first course registration.

The degree project should be discussed at a seminar. The seminar takes place at the end of every semester. At the seminar the student acts both as a respondent with respect to own thesis and as an opponent on another, by the examiner assigned, student’s thesis. The supervisor report to the examiner that the thesis is ready to be presented as well as approve to that the thesis is ready to be handed to the examiner for examination. To pass the course the student shall present and defend own thesis and act as an opponent on another student’s thesis. As well as participae in compulsory meetings and seminars as decided by the supervisor.

To pass the course the student shall participate in compulsery meetings and seminars as well as register the thesis according to LTUs rules.


Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

The work may, by agreement with the examiner, be written in English.

Peter Bengtsson

Transition terms
The course P0064A is equal to P0029A

Literature. Valid from Spring 2016 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.el.senare). (2009). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Reference literature:
Backman, J. (2008). Rapporter och uppsatser. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Friberg, F. (2012). Dags för uppsats - vägledning för litteraturbaserade examensarbeten. Lund: Studentlitteratur
Andersson, G. (2009). Metaanalys, metoder, tillämpningar och kontroverser. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Start of degree projectU G#0.00MandatoryS14
0002Public discussion of others degree projectU G#0.00MandatoryS14
0003Oral presentationU G#0.00MandatoryS14
0004Accepted reportU G VG15.00MandatoryS14Yes

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