M.Sc. Neuro-Cognitive Psychology

The aim of the four-semester Elite study programme MSc in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology (NCP), funded by the Elite Network of the Bavarian Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts, is to train a select group of about 20 students each year (recruited world-wide) in both methodological and conceptual topics in this neuroscience-oriented discipline of psychology and to provide an education that competes with the best international programmes.

Educational Organisation
In the first two semesters students study an optimally structured, broad curriculum, learning state-of-the-art basic scientific knowledge. The second part of the programme provides students with the opportunity to specialise and expand their knowledge in particular modules by participating in two full-time research projects between lecture periods and by advanced optional courses on current research topics in the third semester. The fourth semester is set aside for writing a Master's thesis.



Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Psychology, Biology, Medicine, or a closely related subject area

Vergabe der Studienplätze durch:
NCP Admissions Committee

yes (evaluation of written application, interview, possibly written test)

Weitere Informationen:

Prüfungs- und Studienordnung (Link): http://www.psy.lmu.de/ncp/_assets/study_examination_regulations.pdf

Regelstudienzeit (Semesteranzahl): 4

Durchschnittliche Studienzeit (Semesteranzahl): 4 (-5)

Geplante Praktikumsdauer (Wochen): two research projects (8 weeks each), Master Thesis project (6 months)

Angebote innerhalb des Studiums:

Course Objectives

1. Research-oriented education in state-of-the-art methods and theories of neuro-cognitive psychology (e.g. experimental procedures for the measurement and imaging of neuro-cognitive functions and their disorders, neuro-cognitive modelling and theory formation).

2. Expanding students' intellectual horizons as well as developing their interpersonal skills: cross-disciplinary teaching topics from Psychology, the Neurosciences (Biology, Medicine, etc.), and related disciplines (Philosophy, Computing Science, etc.); discussion, in obligatory seminars, of historical, philosophical, and ethical developments and problems encountered by the neuro-sciences; developing team and leadership abilities in small-group work, as well as of communication skills in project-oriented workshops.

3. Key qualifications for post-graduate studies or, respectively, science-related careers in positions of leadership: qualification for (a) internationally competitive basic-science research, especially post-graduate studies (doctorate study programmes); (b) the application of basic-science knowledge in innovative applied fields in industry (e.g., ergonomic product and work place design) and the health sector (e.g., neuropsychological diagnostics); (c) scientific communication (e.g., international conferences and journals); (d) self-organised advanced studies in a methodologically and conceptually fast developing research field; promotion of team and leadership abilities as well as communication skills; orientation about / sensitisation for novel professional perspectives in research-related (e.g., industrial hi-tech) areas of application.

Students may do one of the two obligatory research projects at a partner institution/laboratory abroad. Work for the Master's thesis may also be done abroad.

Weitere Angebote:

Arrival Support
An orientation week is offered prior to the start of courses. During this time, assistance and advice will be provided for managing day-to-day life, including arranging for a bank account, health insurance, residence permit, transport pass, housing and enrolment. Students have the opportunity to meet with faculty members for academic advice and visit the laboratories of the participating institutions. In addition, the orientation period informs students about computing and library facilities, the city and university of Munich, sports facilities and cultural events.

Services and Support for International Students
Individual supervision and advice is ensured through a personal mentor system. Each student receives an experienced researcher as a mentor. In addition, a "Buddy"-programme provides each international student with a German "Buddy", usually a student (from outside the NCP, but from within the LMU) who offers his/her help with the challenges of adapting to life in a new country.

In two full-time supervised research projects (the topics of which are derived from the context of the supervisor's current research and which are to be completed during the semester breaks), students have the opportunity to bring together their acquired conceptual and methodological/technical knowledge and skills in independent work, under the guidance of their supervisors.

Ergänzende Informationen:

Tuition fees for the Neuro-Cognitive Psychology Programme amount to approx. 500 EUR per semester.

There are enrolment fees of about 42 EUR per semester.

Living costs (including accommodation in a student hall of residence and health insurance) in Munich range from 800 to 1000 EUR per month.

There are opportunities to supplement your income by working as a student laboratory or research assistant (Studentische Hilfskraft) on our council-funded research projects. This opportunity is open to all students, though some restrictions apply to students from non EU-countries (who are limited to a total of 180 days of work per year).

German language courses are offered for international students.

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