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Cognitive Neuroscience

- Master´s programs

Department of Education and Psychology
Timo Torsten Schmidt / Mirjam Bartscherer
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin

For admittance to the master’s program applicants need to fulfill the following admission requirements:

  • Bachelor`s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Data Science, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Computer Science, or passing grades on both sections of the licensing examination for physicians (Ärztliche Prüfung) or equivalent other university degree.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (CEFR Level C1) if the candidate is not a native English speaker. List of eligible language certificates are available on the department website.

The admission is limited.

Further information can be found in the admission regulations for the master's program in Cognitive Neuroscience.

There are no tuition fees. Students pay semester contributions each semester, which include a public transportation ticket.

The M.Sc. program provides students with thorough theoretical knowledge and broad methodological competencies in the field of cognitive neuroscience. On the one hand, this entails teaching of background knowledge in a variety of domains, such as perception, learning, memory, decision making, consciousness and language, with a particular emphasis on current research and developments. On the other hand, this entails teaching and applied learning of a large array of methodological skills, including planning and programming of neurocognitive experiments, conducting experiments using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and the statistical analysis of experimental data.

With the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Berlin (CCNB), Freie Universität has numerous laboratories for behavioral and EEG experiments as well as a 3T fMRI scanner used for research and teaching. The CCNB's research groups work with a variety of neurocognitive recording methods and innovative analysis methods. Students are able to attend regular lecture series with international guests. The high quality and innovation in the research of the working groups of the CCNB is reflected in their international publication activities.

1st Semester Admissions
Restricted admission
Admission for Higher Semesters
Restricted admission (for 3rd semester for winter semester, for 2nd and 4th semester for summer semester)
Program Start
Winter semester
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
4 semesters

The study regulations provide regulations for the structure and sequence of studies. They contain detailed descriptions of each module's contents and qualification goals and provide an exemplary study plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examinations and the Master thesis. In addition, the regulations specify the credit points (LP) for each module or course and the workload (in hours) for the entire study program.

The master's thesis is intended to demonstrate that students can independently work on and present a research problem using scientific methods. Upon successful completion of the study program, the university degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) is awarded.

Program Modules

Module  Cognitive Neuroscience: Perception, Attention, Action, and Cognitive Control
Module Cognitive Neuroscience: Memory, Emotion, Language, and Consciousness
Module  Cognitive Neuroscience: Research Practice
Module  Neurocognitive Methods and Data Analysis
Module  Probabilistic and Statistical Modelling
Module  Introduction to Programming
Module  Neurocognitive Methods Practical
Module  Research Workshop
Module  Research Experience
Module Elective Module (see department website for further details)
Module Master’s thesis and oral examination

The acquisition of a broad theoretical and methodological competence in the analysis and prediction of the neurocognitive basis of experience and behavior qualifies graduates for scientific activities in the field of basic and applied research with neurocognitive methods and for an academic career in the field of general and neurocognitive psychology, biological psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Graduates possess in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

Starting your study program