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, however, does not focus on clinical psychology.
The programme takes 2 years to complete and is offered through the Department of Psychology. As a graduate student, you will be able to choose from a variety of research and/or applied modules. The department's research spans cutting-edge topics such as multisensory integration, brain oscillations and behaviour, cortical plasticity, 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. Practical experience is provided in several of our applied modules and in the internship in collaboration with local hospitals and rehab centres.
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 from multiple parts.
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 a minimum of 24 CP).
The practical part of the programme includes 15 CP for a mandatory internship (lasting 12 weeks) 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): 42 CP
* Research methods 12 CP
* Psychological Assessment and Diagnostics 9 CP
* Communication of scientific results 6 CP
* Minor 9 CP
* Computation in Neuroscience 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
* Neurophysiology 6 CP
* Neurocognition 6 CP
* Sex and Cognition 6 CP
* Neuropsychology 9 CP
* Applied Cognitive Psychology 6 CP
* Human Computer Interaction 6 CP
* Neuromodulation of Cognition 6 CP
* Functional MRI Data Analysis 9 CP1
* Essentials of fMRI Data Analysis with SPM and FSL 6 CP1
* Transcranial Brain Stimulation 6 CP
1 These modules have a very similar content and are mutually exclusive.
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): 24 CP
* Internship or lab visit 15 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
The internship is a mandatory part of the study programme and lasts 450 hours. It may be split in two shorter internships.
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
- 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
You are free to do internships in other institutions of your choice. We encourage research internships. Internships abroad may also be arranged.
For questions and to make sure that your internship fulfills the requirements for approval, please contact Dr. Cornelia Kranczioch before you start.
The program Neurocognitive Psychology is designed to enable graduates to gain the following competencies/skills:
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 five modules:
psy220: Human Computer Interaction
psy270: Functional MRI Data Analysis
psy275: Essentials of fMRI Data Analysis with SPM and FSL
psy280: Transcranial Brain Stimulation
Working with patients or experimental data acquisition with participants generally require a good command of German! You can take German courses as your Minor.
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)