PSY8011 - Individually Selected Text - Research Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

Varies with regards to the current topic being addressed. The assignment may not be used as a part of the doctoral thesis.

Learning outcome


The candidate...

  • has a thorough knowledge of the methods that are central to the work of the PhD thesis.
  • has an overview of other relevant methods used in the field of psychology.


The candidate...

  • receives training and skills in using research methods that are central to the work of thesis.
  • receives training and skills in oral communication of research results in both scientific and other forums.
  • receives training and skills in written communication of research results through report writing.

General qualifications:

The candidate...

  • receives a general professional training that is desirable for the candidate's later work.
  • acquires through this topic a basis for an independent, critical and reflective attitude to their own and others' research through specialization in research methodology.

Learning methods and activities

The course is administered by a supervisor. This allows a large degree of adaptation to individual approaches to problems. The course includes 10 hours of supervision including preparation and supplementary work. (This is in addition to ordinary supervision). The course is to have the following contents:

  • Approved individual study syllabus (ca. 400 pages).
  • Completed supervision- 10 hours, individually or in a group with candidates working on the same topics.
  • The candidate is to hand in a written piece of work which accounts for the approaches to problems discussed between the supervisor and candidate. Form, scope and level of the written assignment are described in the submission form (available on the Department's websites).
  • The candidate is, if possible, to make a presentation of the written assignment in an academic forum approved by the supervisor.

Course registration is done via StudentWeb, but requires in addition that the PhD candidate personally establishes contact with a potential academic supervisor at the Department of Psychology. An agreement will be made between the candidate and the supervisor on a separate form which is available from the Department of Psychology.

The course is reserved for PhD candidates in psychology at the Faculty's PhD programme.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Social Sciences (PHSV)

Required previous knowledge

Reserved for PhD candidates in psychology at the Faculty's PhD programme.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PSY8001 7.5 AUTUMN 2015
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Psychology


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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