Master's Programme in Psychology

Academic year 2022/2023

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Have you imagined the potential of Psychological Science? This research-oriented Master's programme in Psychology guides you to a deeper understanding of how the mind works, including human development, emotion, cognition and mental health. It takes you from this science of mental life to its application to critical topics facing society today, be that mental health or global sustainability. This programme gets you well prepared for an academic or professional career.

Note that the programme does not meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification as a licensed professional clinical psychologist.

Why this programme?

The programme provides depth and rigour in the foundations of Psychological Science, harnessing research strengths in the Department of Psychology, including human development, cognition and perception, emotion and biological psychology, clinical psychology and mental health. The programme offers you the knowledge, scientific literacy, and methodological skills required to become a Psychological Scientist and active researcher. Your vision could be an academic career or to be a consultant processing and conveying Psychological Science within organisations or governments.

Three unique characteristics of the master's program

  • You will be taught by active researchers in the areas of their special expertise, covering research strengths at the department including human development, emotion, cognition and mental health science.
  • While the focus in the programme is on basic research, special attention is paid to exploring how such basic research in Psychological Science can address current important societal challenges, such as sustainability, mental health, and well-being.
  • In the later parts of the programme it is possible to embed your studies in practical research activities in the form of internships in the research groups, which serve to convey methods and practical hands-on skills in Psychological Science.
The research groups at the Department of Psychology have access to and skills in a smorgasboard of analytical techniques and psychological measurement methods, including behavioural lab studies, eye and motion tracking, computational modelling, physiological measurement, and brain imaging. The Department of Psychology with its interdisciplinary networks within Uppsala University provides a uniquely stimulating environment.

Student profile
This programme is ideal for international students with a strong interest in Psychological Science - either intending to pursue research in Psychology or with an ambition to translate Psychological Science using research for society. Our aim is for you to leave with the skills and confidence to harness research in Psychological Science. Your aim here will be, with your peers, to hone your vision as a Psychological Scientist be that going deeper into academic research or branching out to tackle questions to make a difference to society.


The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (120 credits) with Psychology as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Social Science (60 credits).


During the first semester, all students enroll in mandatory courses, including courses in cognition and perception, emotion and biological psychology and two courses in methods. The second semester starts with two mandatory courses in developmental psychology and clinical psychology and for the second part of the semester you choose elective courses (15 credits) at the Department of Psychology.

In the third semester you can choose among elective courses (30 credits) and part of the elective courses is one internship course (15 credits). You can choose among an internship course, elective courses in psychology or choose to apply to interdisciplinary courses at other departments of Uppsala University.

In the fourth semester you will focus on the Master's thesis course (30 credits).
If you choose to graduate after one academic year, you will instead make a shorter Master's thesis (15 credits) in the second semester.

Courses within the programme

First semester
Cognition and perception, 7,5 credits
Emotion and biological psychology, 7,5 credits
Theory and methods for psychological measurement, 7,5 credits
Statistical design and analysis, 7,5 credits

Second semester
Developmental psychology, 7,5 credits
Clinical psychology, 7,5 credits
Elective courses in psychology, 15 credits

Third semester
Possibility to choose internship (15 credits) and elective courses in psychology or interdisciplinary fields 15 credits
Or possibility to choose elective courses in psychology or interdisciplinary fields (30 credits, the whole semester)

Fourth semester
Thesis, 30 credits

Learning experience

The programme has a strong research focus building on theory and empirical studies in psychology. Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, extensive readings, seminars and supervision of internships and thesis. Students will be involved, and expected to be active participants in seminar discussions, develop critical thinking and individual oral and written work. You will get the opportunity to get practical skills in scientific work, to do an internship in a research group and write a thesis within a research project.


The programme prepares for an academic career or consultant within government or private organisations or companies. This can apply to HR, health promotion measures, risk assessments or community-based prevention interventions.

Career support
During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.


Master's Programme in Psychology

120 credits

Autumn 2022, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 17 January 2022

Application code: UU-M2355 Application

Language of instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in psychology with at least 7,5 credits in methods and statistics.

Language requirements
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • an overall appraisal of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200,000

Contact and further resources


Programme coordinator Terje Falck-Ytter

+46 18 471 25 22

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Department of Psychology

Von Kraemers allé 1A och 1C 752 37 Uppsala

Box 1225, 751 42 UPPSALA