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Legal Psychology: Current Research

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: PX2104
Spring 2020
50% Day
Period: 20 January 2020 - 7 June 2020
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 theory and research to the legal system. It uses the scientific method to address contemporary, real-world societal problems to which psychology is relevant.

This course examines provocative questions pertaining to the legal system: 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?

Current psychological science has much to offer about each of these questions and can play an important role in advancing practice and policy in the legal system.

This course is designed for you who want to contribute to continuing development of this exciting research field, either for a Master’s degree, or as a stepping-stone towards PhD-level studies. The course covers state-of-the-art research in a number of sub-fields in legal psychology, and is taught by internationally acknowledged researchers, who are not only knowledgeable about the current science but actively contribute to it.

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: 21 003 SEK
First payment: 21 003 SEK

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

Study Guidance

Chrissie Evling, tel 031-7861670. E-post:


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

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