One of the greatest challenges in science is to explain the human mind. Thanks to the advent of revolutionary brain research methods, great progress in behavioural research techniques and the incredible inventiveness of many researchers, cognitive and neural sciences are finding ways to better approach this problem. The master's programme in Brain and Cognition will guide students through the latest and most exciting findings brought about by the interaction between cognitive research and brain research, furnishing them with the theoretical and practical means to actively participate in this exciting enterprise.
The core of the master's programme is composed of the research groups at UPF's Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC). These groups are directed by renowned scientists in areas such as computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, vision, multisensory perception, human development and comparative cognition. Students will thus be exposed to the ongoing research projects at the CBC and will be integrated in one of its main research lines, where they will conduct original research for their final project.
The master's programme will be of interest to psychologists, philosophers, MDs, biologists, linguists, mathematicians or physicists seeking to pursue a career investigating the fascinating question of how the relationship between the mind and the brain enables cognitive functions. While the programme is thus particularly apt for students who want to be trained to do research in cognitive neuroscience, it is also strongly recommended for individuals seeking to enrich their careers by obtaining a solid basis in cognitive neuroscience. Given its research orientation, the level of this one-year master's programme corresponds to the second year of a two-year master's in other international programmes. Students who are interested in the programme but do not have sufficient credits to enrol in a second-year master should contact the coordinator for further information.
Official undergraduate degree/diploma (a Bachelor's degree, a degree in engineering or architecture, technical engineering and technical architecture diplomas, or, in the case of a foreign degree, the equivalent qualification awarded by an accredited higher education institution). Degrees in any academic field of study will be accepted.
Academic transcript with the average grade at the university of origin.
Curriculum Vitae in English.
A letter of motivation in English, stating the candidate's expectations and interest in participating in the master's programme (600 to 800 words).
Two letters of recommendation sent directly by referees with a good knowledge of the candidate.
In order to optimise the treatment and security of the recommendation letters, the candidate will have to request those via the online application system, where he/she will need to indicate the e-mail adress of the person/the persons he/she wishes to be recommended by. That person will receive an e-mail indicating that the candidate wishes a recommenation letter from him/her. The letter will be uploaded by the referee in the online application system. Non-institutional addresses such as *yahoo, *gmail, *hotmail, etc... will not be accepted.
Proof of English language (level B2)
If you already know English sufficiently well and do not deem it necessary to provide formal certification, please send us a brief letter explaining why.
If you can't submit an official certificate of your English level due to the COVID-19 lockdown, you can contact [email protected], they will inform you on how to take an online English level test through the UPF School of Languages.
Identity Card or Passport
Additional academic training in areas related to the master's programme.
Professional experience in any of the fields related to the master's programme.
In addition, the selection committee Department may decide to interview the candidate.
The undergraduate degree/diploma and the academic transcript
If you have finished your Bachelor's degree when you submit your application, you will need to send us the following documents:
A photocopy of your undergraduate degree/diploma or certification/proof of degree completion.
A photocopy of your completed official undergraduate transcript.
However, if you have not yet completed your undergraduate studies when submitting the application, you will need to provide us with the following documents:
A signed declaration that the degree will be obtained before beginning the master's programme.
A photocopy of the provisional undergraduate transcript.
If the diploma or the academic transcript are not written in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese or Italian, you will also have to include the respective sworn translations into Catalan or Spanish.
Graduates of this master's programme will be well positioned to enter a PhD programme in Cognitive Neuroscience or a related field and to join other Spanish or international research teams (including UPF's own).