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The Research Master Neurocognitive Psychology is a research-oriented international graduate programme, which offers systematic coverage of the major fields in psychology as well as in-depth training in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. Our programme does not focus on clinical psychology.
The programme takes 2 years to complete and is offered through the Department of Psychology. It is a full time course that requires attendance. As a graduate student, you will be able to choose from a variety of research modules. The department's research spans cutting-edge topics and techniques such as hearing and cognition, brain oscillations and behaviour, mobile EEG, computational neuroscience, and pharmaco-neuroimaging, to name a few. Different state-of-the-art neuroscience tools and psychology labs are available to gain hands-on experience in magnetic resonance imaging, magnetoencephalography, high-density electroencephalography, eye tracking, transcranial magnetic and electrical stimulation, and psychophysics. Note that cutting-edge research with these techniques requires good programming skills. Practical experience is provided in several of our applied modules and in the internship.
This programme has been accredited by AQAS and has been running since October 2010.
We are part of the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS).
The programme is designed in a modular fashion. The number of mandatory modules decreases towards the end of the programme, offering increased flexibility to students. The course lasts for two years or four semesters, during which a total of 120 credit points (CP) must be achieved.
The “general” portion of the course contains five mandatory modules, including MATLAB, statistics, diagnostics, and scientific communication. The Minor module allows you to broaden your view and take courses from fields related to psychology.
The “specialised” portion offers several different modules from which students may choose according to their interests (requiring 24 CP).
The practical part of the programme includes 12 CP for a mandatory internship (lasting 360 hours) which can be carried out in (clinical) institutions, companies or research groups that employ psychologists. Another 9 CP must be acquired via the practical project module, where you will gain hands-on research experience in one of the Psychology labs at Carl von Ossietzky University. 30 CP are allocated for completing a Master's thesis with an accompanying Master's colloquium.
General part (mandatory): 45 CP
* Research methods 12 CP
* Psychological Assessment and Diagnostics 12 CP
* Communication of scientific results 6 CP
* Computation in Neuroscience 9 CP
* Minor 6 CP
Specialized part (choose 4*6, or 2*9 + 1*6;
taking a methods module is strongly recommended): 24 CP
* Clinical Psychology 9 CP (clinical contents partly taught in German)
* Transcranial Brain Stimulation 6 CP
* Neurophysiology 6 CP
* Neurocognition 6 CP
* Sex and Cognition 6 CP
* Neuropsychology 6 CP (clinical non-mandatory contents partly taught in German)
* Applied Cognitive Psychology 6 CP
* Human Computer Interaction 6 CP
* Neuromodulation of Cognition 6 CP
* Functional MRI Data Analysis 9 CP
Restrictions in participant numbers apply for each elective module. There is no guarantee that students can take all modules of their choice. Each student can study at least one module in which a neuroscientific method is taught.
Practical part (mandatory; choose 1 practical project): 51 CP
* Internship or lab visit (outside the Department of Psychology, Oldenburg) 12 CP
* Practical project 9 CP2
* Master's thesis & Master's colloquium 30 CP
2 choose from: Applied Neurocognitive Psychology, Psychological Methods and Statistics, Experimental Psychology, Neuropsychology, Biological Psychology
Total: 120 CP
Our programme requires solid knowledge in statistics as you should have learned it in your Bachelor's studies. Please test your knowledge with our short test. Make sure to catch up with any missing competencies before you start your studies with us in order to easily follow our Master's course.
As a Research Master programme we will teach you various programming skills (Matlab, R, Presentation) that are essential for performing research in neurocognitve psychology. Those classes are mandatory and will make up, together with classes in advanced statistics, many of the studying hours in your first year.
We expect students to be interested in learning programming and deepening their statistical knowledge.
Knowledge of either EEG, fMRI or TBS data analysis or HCI is essential for most practical projects and Master’s theses offered in the Department of Psychology. Therefore, we strongly advise to attend at least one of the modules:
psy220: Human Computer Interaction
psy270: Functional MRI Data Analysis
psy280: Transcranial Brain Stimulation
Working with patients or experimental data acquisition with participants generally require a good command of German! Students who want to follow the clinical contents of the modules Clinical Psychology or Neuropsychology need to understand a lecture given in German with accompanying English slides.
You can take German courses as your Minor.
The internship (outside the Department of Psychology, Oldenburg) is a mandatory part of the study programme and lasts 360 hours (450 hours for those students who started BEFORE winter term 19/20). It may be split in two shorter internships. It needs to be supervised by a psychologist.
The following cooperating institutions accept applications for internships from students enrolled in the programme "Neurocognitive Psychology." They mainly work in the area of clinical neuropsychology.
- Agentur für Arbeit, Psychologischer Dienst, Oldenburg
- Evangelisches Krankenhaus, Neurozentrum, Oldenburg (if German skills >= C1)
- Rehazentrum, Oldenburg
- EWE AG, Oldenburg
- Hörzentrum Oldenburg
- Klinikum Oldenburg, Onkologie und Hämatologie, Oldenburg
- Klinikum Bremen Ost, Psychiatrie, Bremen
- Klinikum Bremen Ost, Neurologie, Bremen
- Waldklinik Jesteburg, Jesteburg
- Diakoniekrankenhaus Rotenburg (Wümme)
- Helios Klinik Leezen
- Karl-Jaspers-Klinik, Bad Zwischenahn
- Reha-Zentrum am Meer, Bad Zwischenahn
- Klinik für Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH)
Please keep in mind that work with patients or customers always requires a very good command of German.
You are free to do internships in other institutions of your choice. We encourage research internships. Internships abroad may also be arranged.
To generate ideas, a folder with information on internships that other students have performed is available in the office of Dr. Cornelia Kranczioch. Additionally, we encourage students to attend the internship presentations of other students that take place regularly about three times per semester.
For questions or if in doubt whether your internship fulfills the requirements for approval, please contact Dr. Cornelia Kranczioch before you start.
Please note that, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you have to hand in a risk assessment form before starting your internship. You can find this form in English or German in the list of supporting documents!
The program Neurocognitive Psychology is designed to enable graduates to gain the following competencies/skills:
The following documents can be found on the website of the examinations office:
- official examination regulations in German
- unofficial English translation of the current examination regulations
- registration of Master's thesis
- request for credit transfer (German form)
- request for a free attempt to improve grades
- notification of illness
- module certificate (to be used for your Minor)
If you experience problems in one of your classes, please discuss the problems with the lecturer directly if possible. If this does not solve the problem, you can contact the person responsible for the entire module.
If you want to discuss the issue with someone outside the teaching staff, please contact Kerstin Bleichner as programme coordinator. She will always handle complaints confidentially. She is also an elected equal opportunity representative.
If you experience sexual discrimination or harassment, you can contact conTakt, the counselling centre for sexualized discrimination and violence issues of the university.
Additionally, students can always ask the programme coordinator Kerstin Bleichner for advise on all study related issues.