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  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Science
  • Language: English
  • admission limited
  • Special admission requirements



Information event (in English) on the Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology and research opportunities in the Department of Psychology on April 10, 2023, 3 pm

Link to the online event

No registration required; all interested students are very welcome to attend


Presentation of Neurocognitive Psychology

Neurocognitive Psychology - Master's Programme

Orientation and Goals

The Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology, a research-based psychology program taught in English, is offered by the Department of Psychology. It is aimed at international and German students who are pursuing an English-language degree in the field of (neuro)psychology. The degree programme also includes a variety of applied components and practical parts. Graduates should be able to: 

  • analyse, document, and form hypotheses based on complex bodies of data.
  • administer psycho-diagnostic tests and present the data collected.
  • independently and competently use special techniques and methods to solve problems in a variety of different research areas.
  • place their action in a larger context and follow ethical guidelines.
  • work in a team, apply project and time management strategies, and apply interdisciplinary thinking.

Study Design and Contents

This programme consists of a basic or general component (45 credit points), a specialisation component (24 credit points), a practical part (21 credit points), and a master's thesis. All students take the basic or general core component (Basiscurriculum), which includes research methods, psychological diagnostics, computation in neuroscience with MATLAB, scientific work, as well as an elective subject.
There are a number of possible choices to be made in the specialisation area, generally encompassing a free combination of modules from research and application oriented areas, depending on interest. There is an especially extensive range of study offerings in the field of applied and experimental cognitive neuroscience, reflecting the focal points of research in the Department of Psychology. Practical components such as the project and the internship facilitate the application of acquired knowledge. Within the scope of the practical project module and the master's thesis, students are encouraged to formulate their own research question, and carry out a scientific experiment, and present their findings according to appropriate academic conventions.

Module overview

General part (mandatory): 45 CP
  • Research methods 12 CP
  • Psychological Assessment and Diagnostics 12 CP
  • Communication of scientific results 6 CP
  • Minor 6 CP
  • Computation in Neuroscience 9 CP

Specialized part (choose 4*6, or 2*9 + 1*6;
taking a methods module is strongly recommended): 24 CP

  • Clinical Psychology 9 CP
  • Neurophysiology 6 CP
  • Neurocognition 6 CP
  • Sex and Cognition 6 CP
  • Neuropsychology 6 CP
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology 6 CP
  • Human Computer Interaction 6 CP
  • Neuromodulation of Cognition 6 CP
  • Functional MRI Data Analysis 9 CP1
  • Transcranial Brain Stimulation 6 CP
  • Study Abroad Psychology / Neuroscience 2x 6 CP

Restrictions in participant numbers apply for each elective module. There is no guarantee that students can take all modules of their choice.

Project part (internship mandatory; choose 1 practical project): 21 CP
  • Internship or lab visit 12 CP
  • Practical project 9 CP
(choose from: Applied Neurocognitive Psychology, Psychological Methods and Statistics, Experimental Psychology, Neuropsychology, Biological Psychology)

Master's part (mandatory): 30 CP
  • Master's thesis 27 CP
  • Master's colloquium 3 CP

Total: 120 CP

Teaching and Learning

All modules are offered in English. Students are integrated into research activities from the beginning on. A great emphasis is placed on the acquisition of practical career skills (in research and application) through the nine-weeks internship.

Reasons for Studying

  • close cross-linking of neuroscience, neurobiology and medical physics
  • international, English-taught psycholgy programme
  • international research cooperation
  • state-of-the-art neuroscience and psychology labs (fMRI, EEG, TBS, MEG, fNIRS)
  • strong interest in research and methodological training

Foreign Language Skills

German language skills are not required for admission.

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg, you need an adequate knowledge of English.

English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B2; language skills better than level B2 are strongly recommended
  • if applicants are native speaker or they have a university degree in an English-language degree programme obtained in a country with English or German as the official language (within the last two years)
The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

This programme qualifies graduates for careers in the area of psychological and neuroscientific research in an extraordinary manner, and prepares them accordingly for the doctoral programme and/or for employment in research related positions. Additionally, this degree qualifies graduates for employment in institutions that carry out counselling, diagnostics, and rehabilitation of neuropsychiological disorders (for example rehabilitation clinics, as well as neurological and psychological
clinics). Furthermore, students are prepared for employment in areas in which the processing aspects of human behaviour and decision making are important, such as human machine interaction, user adaptability of computers, or cognitive aspects of ergonomics, e.g. human engineering.

Target Group/Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in a closely related degree programme with a corresponding focus (at least 90 ECTS) and specialist skills (see admission regulations).
  • English language skills: an English-taught university degree from a country with English or German as an official language or an English language certificate at the level B2 of the Common European Framework (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) or tests of a language centre of a German university.
  • Completed additional form (included in the online application)
  • If applicable, certificates concerning internships or activities as a student assistant, the subject of the Bachelor's thesis, proof of programming knowledge, certificates pertaining to a stay abroad, certificates showing social commitment and civic spirit.
For more details see Foreign language skills on this page.

Application/Admission Procedures

This course of studies accepts a limited number of applicants, and application is only possible in the winter semester.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 July with a German Bachelor's degree or with German or EU citizenship or for a higher semester. Applications for the 1st semester from outside the EU must be submitted by 31 May.

Overview application deadlines Master's programmes

International applicants: There are different application procedures
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