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Neurocognitive Psychology - Master's Programme

Orientation and Goals

This master's programme is carried out in English, and is primarily research oriented, though it 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.

In this degree programme is a Fast Track course for PhD possible.

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
  • Essentials of fMRI Data Analysis with SPM and FSL 9 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): 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)

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
You can proof your English language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B2
  • if applicants are native speakers or they have obtained a first university degree in English in a country with English or German as your 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, 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.

Find out more about the professional field of Psychology (in German).

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 Bachelor’s degree programme or an English language certificate at the level B2 of the Common European Framework (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).
  • 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, details of publications, awards, distinctions, certificates pertaining to a stay abroad, certificates showing social commitment and civic spirit.

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.

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree obtained outside Germany are strongly advised to apply via uni-assist by 15 June!

No admission for a fast track programme in winter term 2019/2020.
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