The Master’s degree in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neurosciences imparts in-depth theoretical knowledge and methodological skills in the field of social, cognitive and affective neurosciences. On the one hand, students acquire the necessary background knowledge in a variety of work areas such as perception, learning, memory, decision-making, empathy and language, with special consideration of new neuroscientific research and developments. On the other hand, they learn a wide range of methodological skills, such as planning and programming neurocognitive experiments, performing neuroscientific experiments using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG),


The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (LP) for each module or each event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) is awarded.

Modules of the course

module Statistical Methods
module Neurocognitive Methods and Programming
module Cognitive Neuroscience A.
module Cognitive Neuroscience B.
module Affective and Social Neuroscience
module Developmental and Evolutionary Neuroscience
module Clinical Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
module Neurocognitive Methods Practical
module Research workshop
module Research Experience
module master thesis



To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, neurosciences, cognitive sciences, physics, biology, computer science, passing both sections of the medical examination or an equivalent other university degree that includes a university degree of at least six semesters.
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level C1 GER) for applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who did not acquire their university degree at an educational establishment where English is the language of instruction.


The acquisition of a broad theoretical and methodological competence for the analysis and prediction of the neurocognitive foundations of experience and behavior qualifies for scientific activities in the field of basic and applied research with neurocognitive methods and for an academic career in the field of general and neurocognitive psychology, the Biological psychology and the social, cognitive and affective neurosciences. Graduates of the degree program have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

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