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MScComputational and Cognitive Neuroscience

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Short description, aim of the programme, tracks/specializations:

Computational andCognitive Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary Master’s Programme involving different scientific fields of natural sciences, technological sciences, and humanities as well. The focus of investigations is on the phenomena of cognition – perception, attention, memory, reasoning, thinking, and behaviour – from an interdisciplinary perspective. Anthropology, Artificial Intelligence, Biology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Psychology have contributed to its development as core disciplines. The programme offers a timely approach to answering the deep philosophical question of what is human cognition – ‘Who we are, and what kind of capabilities make us human, with the help of modern scientific methods, like model building and sophisticated monitoring techniques (eye-tracking, EEG). The relevance of such an approach gains support from the constant need of building a knowledge-based society.

The entrance exam is a free discussion on the applicant’s professional background, motivation and future plans.

Strength of programme:
Our university has longstanding educational and research traditions in a wide area of fields, including both humanities and science, thus providing an appropriate background for a multidisciplinary field such as cognitive science. The skills and knowledge gained during the programme can be applied in a very wide area of basic research, applied research, and jobs outside the academic field. The students will have the opportunity to work with distinguished researchers on various projects in the university laboratories or join research in our partner institutions. They will have the opportunity to participate in international collaborations on research projects, and the chance to do international training with one of our partner universities.

For further information, please contact Ms Violetta Frank at admission@ppk.elte.hu.

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Career opportunities

The programme provides graduates with the necessary theoretical/intellectual and empirical tools to pursue an academic career (Ph.D. programme) in cognitive science or in one of the disciplines related to it. Apart from basic research graduates in cognitive science increasingly* find work in applied research: prospective career fields include the IT-sector (interaction design, usability, knowledge management, etc.), education, and biomedical and clinical research, as well as economy*. The generic skills (such as teamwork, ability to communicate, reflection and evaluation skills, ability to quickly learn and adapt) acquired by graduates are of use in a variety of careers in the private sector. Graduates of cognitive science are especially suited to work in highly interdisciplinary area, bringing experience in mediating between disciplines. These include the fields of IT and education (see above), as well as the areas of consulting, human resources, and science writing.

Job examples:
Human Resources employee
IT expert

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