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First semester

In the first semester you will be encouraged to advance your academic thinking and deepen your understanding of how knowledge is accquired and represented within psychology. The courses provide you with methodological skills required for independent reseach.

PSYP11 Theory and Practice of Science in Psychology, 15 credits, full-time, Autumn



The course will give a brief re-cap of fundamental philosophical concepts, as well as the development of philosophy of science in the 20th century. 

The philosophical view of social constructionism will be treated in two lectures, with particular emphasis on its role in understanding psychological phenomena.

A thorough treatment of ethical issues in research is provided by an expert in the field.

After the course, you will have a clearer understanding of the philosophical questions underlying psychology. You will gain a grasp of ideas such as intentionality and how that relates to scientific psychology as well as folk psychology, Understanding the difference between theoretical stances such as realism, idealism and pragmatism, and how that relates to psychology as a science.


You will attend a series of whole day labs where you will get hands-on experience with a broad range of research techniques. Examples from earlier years of daylabs are – write your own IAT program, research in creativity and electrophysiology. You will also do a short research project.

You will learn about some of the practical aspects of psychological science. It is also a good way to introduce you to some of the research in the department.

The course will give you an overview of the foundations of philosophy of science. It will give a general overview of the development of philosophy of science in the last century – including two lectures on the philosophical view of social construction. 


Åse Innes-Ker – Lund University Research Portal 


PSYP13 Advanced Scientific Methods in Psychology, 15 credits, full-time, Autumn

This is an advanced level course designed for those who already have some understanding of research methods and use of statistics in psychological research. Some experience of using R is advantageous – but a willingness to learn is more crucial. No previous computational programming experience is assumed.

The goal of the course is to provide insight into contemporary quantitative methods used in scientific studies of psychology. The course will provide a useful guide to the generation and interpretation of quantitative data. An aim is to facilitate methodological development of a research plan of relevance to each involved.

The course will equip you with the technical skills and knowledge to develop and analyse your own research using contemporary scientific methods.



Geoff Patching – Lund University Research Portal 

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Former students

"During the course Theory and Practice of Science in Psychology, I got the opportunity to dig deeper into the fundamental philosophical principles behind modern social science, which helped me gain a better understanding of the scientific process, its underlying assumptions, and how knowledge is constructed in modern life.

The course in Advanced Scientific Methods in Psychology on the other hand allowed me to advance my understanding of methodological aspects, such as a wide range of research designs and types of statistical analyses that are frequently used within the field of psychology.

Besides the opportunity to write and receive feedback on a research proposal of my choosing, the content of the courses continuously contributes to my current work as a PhD student, as I frequently employ the statistical methods and means of data screening I learned during the course work. 

For future students interested in taking the two courses, my main advice is to participate actively in the seminars, as many of the insights come from critically discussing literature with fellow students and lecturers. I would also highly recommend attending or organizing study circles for some of the more dense material, that can be challenging to take on alone. But also, dare to think critically, discuss concepts from various perspectives, and allow yourself to be curious during the course work."

– Kristoffer Holm, class of XX

Kristoffer Holm

Department of Psychology
Box 213
SE-221 00 Lund

Phone: +46 46-222 00 00 (operator)

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