Master’s Programme in Psychology Program By Lund University |Top Universities
  • QS World University Rankings
  • Degree MSc
  • Study Level Masters
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Duration 24 months
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Sep, Aug

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The Master of Science Programme in Psychology comprises 120 higher education credits, including a Master’s thesis of 30 credits. The programme provides specialisation and breadth in the field of psychology. The aim of the programme is to provide you with a Master’s degree firmly founded in scientific scholarship and knowledge of current theory and research in Psychology, and offering broad career opportunities. Within the programme, you have possibility of selecting courses of your own interest. Please note that the programme does not lead to a license as a clinical psychologist.

The first semester focuses on theoretical and practical tools for psychology. The students get fundamental knowledge in philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, which encompasses both current areas such as embodied and extended cognition as well as the enduring questions about free will, consciousness and the role of folk psychology. Students participate in day labs with prominent researchers in different fields of Psychology, getting hands-on experience with a range of research methods used in psychological research today. Students will also train in advanced research methods and statistics, including Bayesian statistics.

In the second semester, students choose three of the following advanced theoretical courses: Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Personality Psychology, Social Psychology, or Work and Organisational Psychology. In addition, all students study the Specialised Topics course, where advanced research skills are trained in a selection of specific focus areas. All courses are studied in parallel, throughout the semester. In the third semester, students continue their advanced study in the selected fields. The last part of the semester comprises empirical work leading to preparing a research plan or conducting a pilot study. Together, the second and third semester aim at increasing the students’ understanding and knowledge of psychology through deepening their knowledge and comprehension of theories and current research, and combining this with practical research experience. 

During the fourth semester, students work on a Master’s Thesis, further deepening their knowledge of psychology and training in skills of relevance to research, development and scientific investigation in different professional contexts. Importantly, students train independent critical thinking, planning and carrying out a project to completion, as well as advanced communication skills. The Thesis may be an independent project, or part of ongoing, cutting-edge research at the Department of Psychology.

Features of this programme
• Advanced methodology and statistics courses 
• Deepened knowledge within selected areas in Psychology 
• Extensive research skills training 
• Flexible structure, elective courses 
• Option to write the Master’s thesis as part of cutting-edge research projects

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About University

Lund University is the #1 choice for international students in Sweden, with one third of all students choosing Lund University programmes. International students appreciate the University because of its wide range of more than 140 international degree programmes, as well as exchange and Ph.D. studies, and strong rankings performance. In the QS World University Rankings 2021 Lund University was ranked 97th in the world. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, the University also received high world rankings for several subject areas, including geography, development studies, environmental sciences, nursing, finance, and social policy and administration.   

Student life

The University’s campus is located in the charming, medieval university town of Lund. Because of its unique combination of traditional student organisations, academic societies and student unions, Lund is considered by many to be the best student city in Sweden. This vast number of student groups ensures that there are plenty of events and activities all year round. Lund University also has campuses located in the nearby cities of Helsingborg and Malmö.

In Lund, students can experience the rich history and cultural heritage of a Swedish medieval university town and, at the same time, be part of the dynamic and international atmosphere created by Lund University students and staff. Moreover, Lund is only 10 minutes away from Sweden’s third largest city Malmö and 35 minutes from the international airport in Copenhagen, making it a great hub for travel throughout Sweden and Europe.

International students

Lund University offers a global class environment where students gain multicultural perspectives and have the opportunity to network with people from around the world. The institution aims to provide an open and informal study experience. Currently, Lund University has 40 000 students, 20% of which are international students (60% on Master's programmes). In Lund, you will find a truly international campus, with students of as many as 130 different nationalities. 

Financial aid

The Lund University Global Scholarship is the University’s main scholarship and is open to international students who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries. This is a merit-based scholarship that students can apply for after they have applied for degree studies with the University.

National scholarships, such as the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, are another type of financial aid. It should also be mentioned that the University also accepts US and Canadian student loans.


Proving its dedication to high-quality education, the University was ranked as a top 100 university for graduate employability in the Global University Employability Ranking 2018.

Students in Lund are given excellent opportunities for business interaction, as the city, with its unique, world-class environment for technology, knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship, hosts an impressive breadth of global companies.

Studying at Lund University

Lund University offers over 100 Master's programmes, nine Bachelor’s programmes in English and around 700 courses suitable for exchange students, covering the following subjects:

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  • Humanities & theology
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