Master's Programme in Psychology

120 credits

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 prepares you for an academic or professional career.

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

Autumn 2024 Autumn 2024, Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

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.

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

During the programme, you can expect the following.

  • 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 smorgasbord 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 in society.


The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with Psychology as the main field of study. After one year of study, it is possible to obtain a degree of Master of Science (60 credits).

During the first semester, all students are enrolled 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 between an internship course, and 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 the possibility to choose elective courses in psychology or interdisciplinary fields (30 credits, the whole semester)

Fourth semester

  • Thesis, 30 credits

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, and develop critical thinking and individual oral and written work. You will get the opportunity to get practical skills in scientific work, do an internship in a research group and write a thesis for a research project.

The Master's Programme in Psychology prepares you for an academic career, or work within the government or private organisations and companies. If you choose to continue within academia, a natural next step would be to apply for a PhD position in psychology or a related field. Should you prefer a non-academic career following the Master's degree, your future work/role may be within areas such as HR, health promotion, risk assessment 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.