Master in Cognitive Neuroscience


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Program Description

Program Goals

The Master’s program "Cognitive Neuroscience" aims to prepare highly qualified specialists in the field of studying the brain and cognitive processes. The program comprises fundamental theoretical training in the field of brain research and neurocognitive processes: neurology, neuropsychology, principles of neuroscience, neurocognitive development of children, methods of brain research, and approaches to neurorehabilitation.

The program’s structure is a comprehensive set of interdisciplinary and applied subjects covering theoretical fundamentals and best practices of neurocognitive science.


Program Advantages

Cognitive neuroscience is a study of the mind and the brain. Cognitive neuroscience explores how the neurological organization of the brain influences the way people think, feel, and act.

The Master’s program employs the scientific-practical facilities of the Laboratory of Brain and Neurocognitive Development with the most advanced equipment: 128-channels Geodesic EEG System 300 with Geodesic Photogrammetry System (GPS) 3.0, SMI RED 500 Eye-tracker, Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development – 3rd Edition (BSID III).

  • The Laboratory was established in 2014 and maintains close collaboration with:
  • The Center for Brain and Cognitive Development (Birkbeck, University of London, England)
  • The Laboratory for Early Development (University of Uppsala, Sweden)
  • The International Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioral Genetics (Tomsk, Russia)
  • The International Centre for Research in Human Development (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Bavarian University (Ulm, Germany)
  • The Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning at Beijing Normal University, Institute for Brain Research (Beijing, China)
  • The National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of (Yerevan, Armenia)
  • The University of Tubingen (Germany)

The program stands out by the exceptional level of students’ involvement in research projects focused on the topical issues of psychology and medicine including:

  • Investigation of the effects of early parental-based interventions on infants at high risk for autism and ADHD;
  • Investigation and detection of EEG markers of high productivity of working memory, using transcranial electrical stimulation of the brain to improve the performance of working memory;
  • Investigation of limits of human cognitive abilities within a study of the phenomenon of cognitive overload and the individual features of its manifestation;
  • Research of the processes of implicit learning in patients with chronic impairments of consciousness and healthy adults;
  • Study of the influence of sleep and wakefulness desynchronosis on cognitive abilities in late adulthood and on aspects of psychological aging;
  • Longitudinal studies of neurocognitive development in preterm infants and infants with perinatal injuries;
  • Study of the possibilities of using the VR methods in the learning process.

Key Disciplines

  • Experimental Methods in Neuroscience
  • Research in Neuromarketing
  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology of Childhood
  • Neuropsychological Diagnostics and Correction of Children
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Brain Development and Neurocognitive Functions
  • Applied Aspects of Psychophysics
  • Differential Psychophysiology
  • Functional Asymmetry of the Brain

Career Opportunities

We pay much attention to keep the best balance between professional and soft skills to provide for the comprehensive professional development of our students. The program prepares highly-skilled specialists to fit for multiple careers in the academic, medical, and social spheres. Our graduates are in high demand as researchers in research centers, as teachers in educational institutions, as practitioners in neuro-rehabilitation and correctional-educational centers.

Admission Requirements

  • 4-year Bachelor’s / Specialist’s degree (or equal)


Can I pay for this program in installments?

The tuition fees can be paid in several installments (up to 6) with the individual payment plans set up upon the student’s arrival and signing of the education contract.

Where is the Campus located?

51 Lenina Street, Ekaterinburg.

What other funding options do you have for this program?

It is possible to get a discount for high performance in the Entrance exam.

What documents are required to apply to this program?

All the applicants should submit the following suite of documents to be checked by the Admission board:

  1. Scan of the applicant’s passport
  2. Notarized translation of the applicant’s passport into the Russian language
  3. Previous education documents (Bachelor diploma or equal) with their legalization/apostilles done in accordance with Russian education standards 
  4. Full academic transcript of grades (for the whole period of study)

Please, consider that the documents in English, French, and German are also accepted for preliminary eligibility check. But at the stage of Admission, all the documents require notarized translations into the Russian Language.

What is the admission process for this program?

To get admission to the Master’s Program, you need to go through 2 obligatory procedures, both of which can be performed in distant forms. The admission is granted if both procedures are successfully completed.

  • Document recognition:

All the applicants should submit the suite of required education documents (Bachelor’s Diploma + Transcript of grades for the whole period of study) to be checked by the Admission board (the check takes 2-4 days)

  • Interview

Each applicant should pass one entrance exam in the form of an interview via Skype with the Program Administrator. The interview is scheduled individually, all the details should be negotiated with the admissions manager.

Last updated Jan 2021

About the School

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