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Legal Psychology: Current Research

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: PX2104
Spring 2021
50% Day
Period: 18 January 2021 - 6 June 2021
2 Opens 15 September GU-27350
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

Legal psychology is concerned with applying psychological research and theory to the legal system. It uses the scientific method to address contemporary, real-world societal problems to which psychology is relevant. How do judges and lawyers make decisions? How do investigators interpret evidence? What factors influence the reliability of eyewitnesses? How can people remember things that never happened? Is it possible to accurately detect lies? How should we question witnesses and victims in order to obtain useful information? How should we question suspects of crimes?

Psychological science has much to say about each of these questions and can play an important role in advancing practice and policy in the legal system. This course aims to provide students with knowledge of and critical views on current research on legal psychology – that is, research that tries to answer questions such as these.

This course aimed at students with a solid background in Psychology at a bachelor´s level, who are beginning or are currently studying at master´s level. This course is well-suited for students who are particularly interested in the process of research and the role of psychological research in the legal system, especially students who possibly have the ambition to go on to PhD-level studies. 

This course covers current research on key areas in legal psychology, through three subcourses:

  1. The Legal System – Actors and Decision-Making
  2.  Memory, Deception Detection, and Credibility Assessment
  3. Interviewing and Interrogation.

Each subcourse consists of a series lectures to build foundational knowledge in the concept, as well as seminars to enrich, discuss, and debate topics pertaining to current research in legal psychology.

The course is given in English.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: 90 credits in psychology at Bachelor's level (first cycle) is necessary to enter the course, including a thesis of 15 credits. Applicants must also prove knowledge of English: English 6/English Course B or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL or IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 21 250 SEK
First payment: 21 250 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Elin Carlfalk, tel 031-786 6766. E-post:


Department of Psychology
Box 500
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Haraldsgatan 1

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