The Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) at the University of Trento offers a Master's course in Cognitive Science. The program is offered in English over four semesters and leads to the Master's degree in Cognitive Science (Laurea Magistrale).
Students choose between two tracks:
Cognitive Neuroscience (CN)
Language and Multimodal Interaction (LMI)
Each track offers a selection of specialized courses, to allow students to tailor their training to their academic interests. The curriculum includes courses focusing on neurophysiological aspects of cognitive processes, the study of human behavior, and human-computer interaction.
Two characteristic features of this program are:
A close relationship between teaching and research practices;
A constant interplay between biology-based and technology-based explorations of the human mind and brain.
All students are actively involved in developing research projects and have access to the laboratories during the Master’s program, thus gaining invaluable hands-on experience with the latest research technologies, including fMRI, EEG, MEG, TMS, and eye-tracking. This opportunity provides the type of technical skills needed in the industry and necessary for acceptance into competitive Ph.D. programs.
Ideal applicants are highly motivated individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and fluent in the English language. Students will be selected based on their academic achievement, the strength of their intellectual and working ability, motivation and interest in the field, and recommendation letters. We are open to candidates from any academic background.
The CIMeC, among its two facilities in Rovereto and Mattarello, is composed of five interdisciplinary labs and one center:
Animal Cognition and Comparative Neuroscience Labs (ACN)
Experimental Psychology Labs (EPL)
Functional Neuroimaging Labs (LNiF)
Language, Interaction and Computation Labs (CLIC)
Neuropsychology Labs (NPL)
Center for Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (CeRiN)
Cognitive Neuroscience Track
Cognitive neuroscience is the study of the mind and brain, investigating how and why people perceive, think, and act the way they do. The knowledge and skills gained in the Master's course will provide a foundation for advanced scientific research but also prepare for professional applications in the fields of education, consumer and economic decision making, psychology, and clinical research.
The Master's course in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Trento provides research-focused training with a diverse, international group of faculty and researchers.
The two-year program combines courses in neuroscience, cognition, statistics, advanced signal, and data analysis with hands-on training in cutting-edge research techniques. These include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), magnetic encephalography (MEG), computational modeling, comparative cognition (animal models), EEG, eye tracking, cinematic motion tracking, and psychophysics. For the second year, an extensive internship and a research project leading to the Master's dissertation are scheduled.
Language and Multimodal Interaction Track
Communication via language and other modalities is a fundamental component of human activity. It is therefore not at all surprising that the technologies that originated from the scientific study of these activities are having a major impact on modern society. It is sufficient to think about the role played by Google in everyday life, or the crucial importance of interface design in the success of technologies such as the iPhone.
The Language and Multimodal Interaction track provides students with the interdisciplinary training necessary to operate in this area, whether in an academic environment or in an industrial setting.
The two-year Master's course combines a solid foundation in scientific and cognitive methods - modules in mathematics, language science, neuroscience, and psychology, including an introduction to advanced methods such as eye-tracking, EEG, and fMRI - with extensive training in computational methods for the statistical analysis of large amounts of language and perceptual data, and in interface design. The theoretical knowledge will be supplemented by the experience acquired in substantial practical projects carried out in research and industry labs. For the second year, an extensive internship and a research project leading to the Master's dissertation are scheduled.
This Master’s program in Cognitive Science offers a unique opportunity for students aiming to train as scientists. Its main aim is to prepare strong Ph.D. candidates who are well trained and that can be competitive and confident in performing research in international settings.
All courses are given in English by scientists who developed research programs in top-level institutions, through their wide network of international collaborations.
Students have access to the laboratories during the master’s program, thus gaining invaluable hands-on experience with the latest research technologies, including fMRI, EEG, MEG, TMS, and eye-tracking. This opportunity, usually granted only at the doctoral level courses, will provide the type of adequate technical skills necessary for acceptance into competitive Ph.D. programs. Students have been accepted into leading graduate studies in Universities including Cambridge and Dartmouth.
The Master’s program is open to and aimed towards students from diverse backgrounds, including students with no background in cognitive sciences.
The Master in Cognitive Science program is international: our students arrive from all continents and, after graduation, find positions in their home countries and others. A recent survey conducted on 60 graduates of the program shows that 88.3% are currently employed.
Though the program is relatively young, its strength is already evident in the satisfaction reported by the students and in their placement after graduation. The program prepares the students for various Ph.D. opportunities. We are proud that many of MCS graduates want to continue with Ph.D. training at UNITrento.
March 5th, 2021 for all candidates (non-EU citizens living outside Italy and EU citizens or non-EU citizens regularly living in Italy)
June 28th, 2021, extended deadline only for EU citizens and non-EU citizens living in Italy, and only in case places are not filled in the first deadline
How to apply
Access the online application form
Upload the required documents
Submit your online application by the deadline
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
Background in the disciplines characterizing the cognitive sciences area
English at the B2 level of the Common European
A framework of Reference for Languages
Assessment of previous studies and their coherence with the program
Statement of purpose