PSYK3910 Bachelor Thesis Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Faglig fordypning og bacheloroppgave
Study programme
Bachelorstudium i psykologi med vekt på atferdsanalyse
Year of study
Course history


The bachelor’s programme concludes with documentation of independent work in the form of a bachelor’s thesis. The course PSYK3910 - Bachelor’s Thesis is worth 30 ECTS (the whole of the sixth semester). Here, the students will take part in the lecturers’ research activities through work corresponding to the scope of PSYKPRA2. The student will also write their bachelor’s thesis in the context of this research activity. 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, PSYKPRA10, PSYK2400, PSYK2600, PSYK3200, PSYK3400 and PSYK3500.

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 can

  • describe the specific area of specialisation
  • explain relevant sources for literature searches
  • explain approval procedures for research projects and relevant approval bodies for these
  • explain different forms of reporting in accordance with ethical requirements and guidelines


The student can

  • protect privacy (according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR)), consent and confidentiality
  • cooperate and contribute in a research environment and describe the research group’s activities
  • perform allocated work independently
  • conduct different types of literature searches
  • formulate a research question in accordance with general requirements
  • plan, conduct and document a study, a project work, or a care or training measure
  • collect and process data
  • use the IMRAD model in reporting and referring according to the current APA standard
  • act in accordance with guidelines for professional ethics/ethical principles

General competence

The student can

  • demonstrate research ethics and relevant criticism in accordance with academic standards
  • disseminate and document behaviour analytic work 
  • exchange professional opinions and experience and contribute to the development of the field

Teaching and learning methods

The course is taken full-time over 18 weeks, two of which may comprise a theoretical introduction. Through cooperation on research activities, the students will have the opportunity to specialise in an area of psychology and in their specific area of interest/project.

The students will also work independently on the bachelor’s thesis. A supervisor from among the department’s staff will be appointed for each student.

Course requirements

The following must have been approved in order for the student to submit the bachelor’s thesis.

  • Submission of a thesis overview and time schedule for work in the research environment
  • Participation in research group meetings (90%)
  • Submission of an outline for the bachelor’s thesis
  • Participation in organised supervision (80%)


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

All aids are permitted, as long as the rules for source referencing are complied with.

Grading scale

Grade scale A-F


One internal and one external examiner.