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Second semester

The second semester is designed to increase your understanding and knowledge of psychology by deepening your comprehension of theories and current research.

First half

  • PSYP70 Advanced Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology, 7,5 credits, part-time

The goal of the course is to provide an introduction to the the research methods that are most commonly used in the study of abnormal psychology (and psychiatric conditions) in the general population, and in at-risk and defined clinical populations. The course will develop your knowledge of the research designs most relevant to abnormal psychology, provide practice in writing brief research proposals on topics in abnormal psychology, and familiarise you with peer-reviewed, data-based articles from high impact journals which exemplify these research methods.

Course director:
Sophia Åkerblom – Lund University research portal

  • PSYP75 Advanced Personality Psychology, 7,5 credits, part-time 

The overall aim of the course is that the student acquires a profound knowledge of important areas in personality psychology. The course includes biological, cognitive, emotional and motivational perspectives on the individual. Central themes of the course are: origins and development of personality, personality processes, individual differences, the person as a whole, the person in context, and personality and adaptation. 

Course director:
Martin Bäckström – Lund University research portal

  • PSYP80 Advanced Developmental Psychology, 7,5 credits, part-time

The course offers profound knowledge of topical areas in the field of developmental psychology. Selected topics within human development across the life-span are focused on, bringing together neurobiological, cognitive, emotional and social developmental perspectives. The topics reflect areas of expertise within Developmental Science at the Department of Psychology, e.g. attachment development and relational style, perception and socio-cognitive development, development of emotion and its regulation, behavior development and change with focus on health promotion. By studying the course you will better grasp the developmental perspective, so that you may apply it to a broad range of topics and applications concerning human behavior. 

Course director:
Elia Psouni – Lund University research portal

  • PSYP85 Advanced Social Psychology, 7,5 credits, part-time

This course discusses current issues and theoretical perspectives in modern social psychology. The course participants read contemporary social psychological literature, which we critique, apply and discuss together in seminars. Each participant also writes an individual essay and holds a lecture on a topic which has captured their interest. After taking this course you will have an in-depth knowledge about current theories and findings on the subject of the individual as a thinking and feeling being in a social and cultural context.  You will develop your analytical thinking and practice scholarly communication both orally and in writing.

Course director:
Una Tellhed – Lund University research portal



Second half

  • PSYP90 Psychology: Empirical Work in Social, Developmental, Personality or Abnormal Psychology, 15 credits, full-time

The course builds upon and creates opportunities to bridge the previously taken courses in social, developmental, personality or abnormal psychology. The aim of the course is to further deepen your knowledge in theories, research and methods for data collection in relation to a focus area of your interest.
Your empirical work can be based on qualitative or quantitative methodology to investigate an empirical research question, method development/pilot study, a literature review, a research proposal or an application based on scientific method. 

Course director:
Sofia Bunke – Lund University research portal

Former students

"My experience in Advanced Developmental and Personality Psychology
Before coming to Lund, I had spent most of my adult life working, starting from when I finished my Bachelor’s up until my late twenties. Personally, one of the most challenging things for me was becoming a student again, get back on track and re-learn how to think critically. During my studies at the advanced personality and developmental psychology course within the Master’s Programme in Psychology I acquired my already lost analytical ability, shaped my own writing style, and learned  how to judge an article and/or a research paper not only by its cover or first few words, but by its whole content. This course gave me the necessary skills to create a whole thesis from scratch and know where to look for feasible and reliable information.

In relation to my work
Having worked for quite some years before Lund, I strongly believed a Masters could not teach me anything about how professional life works… spoiler alert…. I was wrong. The programme helped me to assertively look for jobs in Sweden and eventually find one in which I could apply my knowledge. Studying again showed me how problems could be solved by simple and concrete solutions. I currently work for Scania as a Global Mobility Coordinator. Today I value very much the shared expertise and assistance of my teachers and classmates; additionally, the international environment gave me wonderful experiences through amazing people from all over the world who certainly made this an enriching and unique adventure.

I sincerely hope you have an amazing time studying this programme…. I know I did."

Montserrat Arnaiz







Montserrat Arnaiz, graduate from the programme in June 2018