Course description forPSYK3900 Bachelor Thesis


Professional practitioners need skills relating to independent thinking and problem-solving. The bachelor’s programme concludes with an independent documentation work in the form of a bachelor’s thesis. Through work on the bachelor’s thesis, the student must show their understanding of the connection between theory and practice. The bachelor’s thesis must be written in article form in accordance with the APA standard.

Required preliminary courses

Passed the courses PSYK1100, PSYK1200, PSYK1320, PSYK1420, PSYK1600, PSYK1700, PSYK2100, PSYK2200, PSYK2310, PSYKPRA1, PSYK2400, PSYK2600, PSYK3200, PSYK3400, PSYK3500 and PSYKPRA2.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competence:


The student has

  • knowledge of relevant sources for literature searches

  • knowledge of different forms of reporting in accordance with ethical requirements and guidelines

  • knowledge of different ways of using the APA template



The student is capable of

  • conducting different types of literature searches

  • formulating a research question in accordance with general requirements

  • planning, conducting and documenting a study, a project work, or a care or training measure

  • collecting and processing data

  • using the IMRAD model in reporting



The student is capable of

  • demonstrating practical research ethics and relevant critical thinking in accordance with academic standards

  • disseminating and documenting behaviour analytic work

  • exchanging professional opinions and experience and contributing to the development of the field

Teaching and learning methods

Work on the bachelor’s thesis is conducted full-time over eight weeks. The students work independently on the thesis. A supervisor from among the department’s staff will be appointed for each student.

Course Requirements

  • Prepare an outline for the bachelor’s thesis

  • Participate in organised supervision (80%)

All required coursework must be approved before the student can submit their bachelor’s thesis.


Individual bachelor’s thesis with a maximum scope of 8,000 words

On application, students may be permitted to write the thesis in pairs. This is on the condition that they have collected the data together and use these in the thesis.

Permitted Exam Materials and Equipment


Grading scale



One internal and one external examiner.

Course information

Course name in Norwegian
Study programme
Fall: Bachelorstudium i psykologi med vekt på atferdsanalyse
Year of study
Programme description
Fall 2019: Bachelorstudium i psykologi med vekt på atferdsanalyse
Subject History