Cognitive Science, M.Sc. | University of Trento | Rovereto, Italy
24 months
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About

Offered at the world-renowned Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - CIMeC, this Cognitive Science programme from University of Trento is characterized by training and research activities in the fields of experimental psychology, brain-imaging, animal cognition and computational linguistics.

Overview

Introduction

The two-year CIMeC Master’s in Cognitive Science provides students with advanced theoretical and methodological knowledge in behavioral, cognitive and computational neuroscience and computational linguistics through an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the mind-brain system. The program emphasizes the interplay between biology-based and technology-based explorations of the human mind and a close relationship between teaching and research. Together with training discipline-specific knowledge and skills, the program develops key transferable skills such as critical thinking, scientific speaking and writing. During the first year students are mostly involved in both theoretical and methodological courses, while during the second year they enroll in an extensive internship and research project where they acquire an invaluable direct exposure to the scientific research practice having access to the laboratories at CIMeC, working with CIMeC PIs and their groups, and gaining hands-on experience with cutting-edge research technologies.

  • Students choose between three tracks:
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (CN)
  • Computational and theoretical modeling of Language and Cognition (CLC)
  • Fundamental Behavioural Neuroscience (FBN) 

The tracks share some common basic courses including introduction to cognitive neuroscience, basic programming, research designs and statistical analysis, and a selection of specialized courses that allow students to tailor their training to their academic interests.

Admissions

Application deadlines

March 8th, 2024 for non-EU citizens with residence outside Italy

May 31st, 2024 for EU citizens and non-EU citizens with residence in Italy

How to Apply

Access the online application form via the UniTrento web site

Upload the required documents

Submit your online application by the deadline

Requirements

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent - at least three years)

Background in the disciplines characterizing the area of the cognitive sciences

English at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Selection Criteria

Assessment of previous studies and experience and their coherence with the program

Academic background and reference letter 

Statement of purpose

Curriculum

Students choose between three tracks:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience (CN)
  • Computational and theoretical modeling of Language and Cognition (CLC)
  • Fundamental Behavioural Neuroscience (FBN) 

The tracks share some common basic courses including introduction to cognitive neuroscience, basic programming, research designs and statistical analysis, and a selection of specialized courses that allow students to tailor their training to their academic interests.

Cognitive Neuroscience (CN) track:

Cognitive neuroscience is the study of the mind and brain, and it is concerned with the neural and cognitive bases of how and why people perceive, think and act the way they do. The CN track trains students to combine a variety of behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to understand the neuro-cognitive mechanisms underlying human cognitive functions, from perception to motor control, from language and memory to conceptual processing. It offers a range of theoretical and practical courses in basic and advanced cognitive neuroscience and neurobiology, in healthy individuals and in neuropsychological patients, and courses in advanced signal processing and data analysis with a special focus on brain imaging (EEG, MEG, functional and anatomical MRI) and brain stimulation techniques (TMS, tDCS). This track prepares students to pursue a research-oriented career in the field of human cognitive neuroscience, whether in academia or industry.

Computational and Theoretical Modeling of Language and Cognition (CLC) track:

Communication via language and other modalities is a fundamental component of human activity. It is therefore not surprising that the technologies originated from the scientific study of these activities are having a major impact on modern society. This track emphasizes the use of computational approaches to model and understand human cognitive functions, with a special emphasis on language. The program offers basic courses in theoretical and computational linguistics, computer science and cognitive neuroscience, allowing students to develop expertise in aspects of language and human cognition that AI systems could or should model. The program also offers courses on research design and evaluation methods, which help students acquire the necessary skills to evaluate and improve the design of models and contribute to data collection and evaluation.  Examples of professional outcomes include working as AI enablers, helping develop unbiased intelligent systems that meet human needs, or support health practitioners working on cognitive impairments.

Fundamental Behavioral Neuroscience (FBN) track:

The FBN track is devised for students fascinated by the complexity of animal cognition and the neurobiological basis behind it. We welcome, in particular, students with backgrounds in psychology or biology, but also students with other backgrounds (e.g., physics, engineering, philosophy, etc.) who are eager to learn about animals’ brains and behaviors.

The FBN track offers a range of theoretical courses in basic and advanced neurobiology and neuroscience in a range of healthy animals and animal models of clinical conditions (e.g., rodents, birds, fish and invertebrates). The core disciplines of the courses include animal cognition and neuroscience, as well as typical and atypical brain development. The FBN track trains students to combine behavioral, physiological and molecular biology in animals of different species to unveil the neural underpinnings of basic sensory and cognitive functions with a comparative perspective. Within our state-of-the-art laboratories, we offer a set of hands-on courses in fundamental behavioral neuroscience data recordings and analyses.

This track prepares students to pursue a research-oriented career in fundamental cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, whether in academia or industry.

Career Opportunities

This Master’s program in Cognitive Science offers a unique opportunity for students aiming to train as research scientists both in academia and in industry. All three tracks prepare strong Ph.D. candidates who are well trained and that can be competitive and confident in performing high-quality research in international settings. Outside academia, the computational, theoretical and scientific skills learnt in this program define a unique and competitive profile that well fits the needs of the current strongly AI-based job market.

All courses are given in English by scientists who developed research programs in top-level international institutions and continue to do so through their wide network of collaborations.

Students have access to many different research laboratories at CIMeC during the Master’s program. This provides invaluable hands-on experience with the latest research tools in human and animal neuroscience (high-field fMRI, M/EEG combined with brain stimulation, single-cell recordings, two-photons calcium imaging, genome editing) and state-of-the-art technologies in computational linguistics, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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.

Although the program is relatively young, its strength is already evident in the satisfaction reported by the students and in their placement after graduation. The combination of theoretical learning with hands-on research experience gives our students the adequate profile to successfully compete for entry into PhD programs at top universities. Career opportunities for our students also include paths outside academia, where they may become AI enablers, helping develop unbiased intelligent systems that meet human needs, or support health practitioners working on cognitive impairments.

Scholarships and Funding

Scholarships for non-EU citizens living outside Italy

Top-scored candidates will be entitled to receive a UniTrento scholarship according to availability. Students who are awarded a UniTrento scholarship are also exempt from tuition fees.

For non-EU students, tuition fees for the first year depend on their application score. Read our tuition fees webpage to learn more on our tuition fees system for non-EU students. 

Scholarships for EU Citizens and Non-EU citizens regularly living in Italy

Tuition fees for Italian and EU students depend on their economic situation. It is possible to apply for a fee reduction with an "ISEE Università " (for Italian students) or an Equivalent ISEE (for EU students). Please see the dedicated webpages. Italian and EU students can apply for scholarship, fee exemption and accommodation awarded by the Opera Universitaria (to apply, an "ISEE Università" or an "Equivalent ISEE" is required).

Programme Structure

Students choose between three tracks:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience (CN)
  • Computational and theoretical modelling of Language and Cognition (CLC)
  • Fundamental Behavioural Neuroscience (FBN) 

The tracks share some common basic courses including introduction to cognitive neuroscience, basic programming, research designs and statistical analysis, and a selection of specialized courses that allow students to tailor their training to their academic interests. 

Please see the above Programme Description section for more details.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application Deadlines

March 8th, 2024 for non-EU citizens with residence outside Italy

May 31st, 2024 for EU citizens and non-EU citizens resident in Italy

Language

English

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent - at least three years)
  • Background in the disciplines characterizing the cognitive sciences area
  • English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Please check the Call for Applications for more details.

How to Apply
  • Access the online application form via the UniTrento web site
  • Upload the required documents
  • Submit your online application by the deadline

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • National

    3400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3400 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU: 340€-3400€ (fee range based on personal income and merit)
  • Non-EU: 1000€-4500€ (fee range based on merit only, i.e. score in the application evaluation)

Living costs for Rovereto

600 - 900 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships for non-EU Citizens Living Abroad

Top-scored candidates will be entitled to receive a UniTrento scholarship according to availability. Students that benefit from a UniTrento scholarship will also have the tuition fees waived.

Scholarships for EU Citizens and Non-EU Citizens Regularly Living in Italy

Information on the tuition fees and ISEE is available on the UniTrento Infostudenti web page. Please note that if you do not want to calculate the ISEE index (economic index of the financial situation of your family), you will have to pay the maximum amount. 

Once the ISEE has been calculated students, if eligible, can apply for the Opera Universitaria scholarship, starting from June/July.

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Scholarships Information

Below you will find Master's scholarship opportunities for Cognitive Science.

Available Scholarships

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Independent provider
Grant
900 EUR
Deadline
09 Jun 2024
Italy Government Scholarship
Merit-based

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Italy Government
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Independent provider
Grant
1000000 INR
Deadline
Anytime
Education Future International Scholarship
Merit-based

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Education Future
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Independent provider
Grant
5000 EUR
Deadline
14 May 2024
Study a Masters in Europe Scholarships
Merit-based

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educations.com
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Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
ACES Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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ACES Education Fund
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Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
The Smooth Movers Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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The Smooth Movers
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Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
14 Oct 2024
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Merit-based Need-based

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U.S. government
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Independent provider
Grant
1500 USD
Deadline
01 May 2024
Wear & I Fashion Pioneer Scholarship
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WEAR & I
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Independent provider
Grant
1350 EUR
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
ELES-Scholarship (Ernst-Ludwig-Ehrlich-Studienwerk)
Merit-based Need-based

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Austria’s Agency for Education and Internationalisation
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Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
26 Jun 2024
Ramage Law Group Adopted Child Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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The Ramage Law Group
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Independent provider
Grant
90000 AUD
Deadline
Not specified
World Universities Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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The Ramsay Centre
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
31 Dec 2025
Scholarship for students with disabilities
Need-based

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Anonymous Hope Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
12000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
Merit-based Need-based

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The Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
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Independent provider
Grant
10000 USD
Deadline
20 Aug 2024
Global Innovation Challenge
Merit-based Need-based

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Social Shifters
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Independent provider
Grant
8000 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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European Commission
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
The Bill Walsh Scholarship
Merit-based

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ACES: The Society for Editing
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
2000 USD
Deadline
31 Jul 2024
The MyUS Community Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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MyUS
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Independent provider
Grant
2000 USD
Deadline
20 Aug 2024
Dermadry Hyperhidrosis Scholarship
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Dermadry
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Independent provider
Grant
1500 USD
Deadline
15 May 2024
iVisa Annual Scholarship
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iVisa
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Independent provider
Grant
1500 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2024
The Annual IELTS from 6 to 9 Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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IELTS from 6 to 9
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Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
29 Feb 2024
Voice Talent Online Scholarship
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Voice Talent Online
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Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
Florida Rentals Annual Dream Vacation Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Florida Rentals
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Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
30 Jun 2024
$1,500 Annual Essay Writing Contest Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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IvyPanda
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Independent provider
Grant
500 USD
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
CryptoRunner Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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CryptoRunner
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Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid
Merit-based Need-based

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation
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Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
Anonymous Hope Fund
Merit-based Need-based

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Anonymous Hope Fund
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Independent provider
Grant
1500 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2024
The Annual IELTSing Scholarship
Merit-based

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IELTSing
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Independent provider
Grant
965 USD
Deadline
Anytime
Dr. Martin Blank – SYB Scholarship
Merit-based

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Shield Your Body
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Independent provider
Grant
500 USD
Deadline
30 Apr 2024
Biotin Xtreme Hair Care Annual Scholarship 2023: Empowering The Future Of Hair Care
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Biotin Xtreme Hair Care
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Independent provider
Grant
5000 USD
Deadline
10 Mar 2024
“The Hope For Healing” Scholarship
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