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Master in Cognitive Science, Faculty of Cognitive Science, University of Trento, Italy


Master in Cognitive Science

Faculty of Cognitive Science

University of Trento

Corso Bettini, 84 - 38068 Rovereto (TN), Italy

fax + 39 0464 808415

Email: mcs at unitn.it<mailto:mcs at unitn.it>





Cognitive neuroscience is the study of the mind and brain, investigating how and why people 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, with 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 modelling, comparative cognition (animal models), EEG, eye tracking, cinematic motion tracking and psychophysics.

2. LANGUAGE AND MULTIMODAL INTERACTION TRACK- CSLMI Communication via language and other modalities is a fundamental component of human activity. It is therefore not at all surprising that the technologies 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 program 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 an extensive training in computational methods for the statistical analysis of large amounts of language and perceptual data, and in interface design. Theoretical knowledge will be supplemented by the experience acquired in substantial practical projects carried out in research and industry labs.

Minimum requirements

In order to be considered for admission, a Bachelor's degree and a certified English knowledge (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CPE) is required.

In the absence of a document certifying the level of English language, the candidate is encouraged to submit alternative proof of English proficiency (i.e. an official letter from the University stating that the candidate completed university courses taught entirely in English). The evaluation of this alternative document will be entirely at discretion of the admission committee.

Selection criteria

A CV, two letters of reference and a letter of motivation are required. The application form is available online at http://international.unitn.it/mcs/application-form

Tuition fees and scholarships

The fees vary from a maximum of about 3,000 euros/academic year to a total exemption (for yearly incomes up to 30,000 euros and 3 family members). The amount of the tuition and the scholarship, based on merit and income, will be defined on the basis of the following documentation: family certificate, income, property possessions, to be submitted within the deadlines for enrolment to the University of Trento.

For funding opportunities, please see http://international.unitn.it/fees-and-funding/undergraduate-twoyear-mc


All courses are taught in English. For students wishing to familiarize with the Italian culture, Italian language courses will be offered by the Faculty of Cognitive Science.

Number of students

The program is intended for a small number of top level students. In the academic year 2011-2012, the program will admit at most 40 students.

Final degree

After successful completion of the curriculum and fulfillment of the Master's requirements, students will be awarded a Master of Science degree (laurea magistrale) in Cognitive Science.

Please note that, thanks to an agreement with the University of Osnabrück (D), with the Twente University (NL), with the Saarland University (D) and with Sissa (Trieste, I), selected students will be given the possibility to study and earn a double degree in Trento and one of these partner institutions.


The deadline to complete the on-line application is:

March 30th, 2012 for NON-EU CITIZENS

July 16th, 2012 for EU CITIZENS

For more details, please visit the web site www.mcs.unitn.it<http://www.mcs.unitn.it>

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