PSY3914 - Master Thesis Learning - Brain, Behavior, Environment


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Master thesis and oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Master thesis and oral examination 100/100

Course content

The thesis should be written within the student's specialization area. The thesis consists of an empirical scientific investigation of a selected topic within learning - brain, behavior, environment, with a genuine psychological basis. Students must contact the course lecturer for advice on choice of thesis topic. Supervision is an essential component of the Masters thesis. It ensures that the student acquires the necessary knowledge and implies a necessary quality assurance in data collection and processing of data, and that this takes place within the Research Ethics guidelines. 

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The student is able to complete a scientific project. Skills: Students are able to analyse scientific problems. Students have the ability to communicate comprehensive independent research, written and oral. General competence: Students are able to think fundamentally and logically. The student are able to work independently. Students have the ability to undertake larger projects within specified time frames.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods: Self study with supervision. Activities: Minimum 50% participation at the thesis seminar.

Supervision is a mandatory part of the program for those students who wish to submit a thesis. All Master students must complete a Masters Work agreement prior to the establishment of supervisory relationships. The Department will approve the research topic and the appointment of supervisors. Deadlines for applications for approval of topic and supervisor will be announced by the Department. Application forms are available at office of the Department. Individual rules for the design of the thesis and criteria for evaluation have been drawn up. These are available by contacting the Department.

Further on evaluation

Assessment: Thesis in monograph form or in article form. The oral presentation and examination of the assignment, the assignment is the basis for evaluation. The oral examination consists of a defense from students for approximately 10 minutes and a round of questioning. The oral examination is used to adjust the grade. The student can choose an open or closed exam. If there it is an open exam, the student may have an audience present during the examination, if it is a closed examination only the committee and the student are present. Deadline for submission of the thesis is the 1st of May.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Psychology (MPSY)

Required previous knowledge

All examinations in the Master degree in Learning - brain, behavior, environment must be passed.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PSY3912 45.0 AUTUMN 2014
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Version: 1
Credits:  60.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Psychology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Psychology


Examination arrangement: Master thesis and oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Master thesis and oral examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Master thesis and oral examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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