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The study program is conceived as a two-year Master-of-Science program, held in the English language and compatible with the criteria of the ECTS system. It has a major focus on attentional and executive control of vision and action.

First Year of Study (Semesters I and II)

In the first two semesters, students who have received their degrees in various fields such as Psychology, Biology, Medicine or Computer Science will be provided with a homogeneous base of knowledge at the level of current basic research within the area of Neuro-Cognitive Psychology.

 All courses during the first and second semesters are obligatory. The goal of the textual lectures and accompanying tutorials is to provide a deeper understanding of each topic area through the discussion of exemplary questions, and to transfer this obtained knowledge to new problem areas. The textual courses will be supplemented by innovative methods courses through which students gain methodological and technical competencies. These abilities will, in return, enable students to apply both well established and newly developed procedures from Psychology (e.g. measurement of hand-eye coordination), Neuro-Science (e.g. measurement of regional brain activity through the use of imaging techniques), as well as Computer Science (e.g. neuro-computational modeling) in their own research projects and publications. In the research projects (within the framework of current research projects led by cooperating instructors or European partners), to be completed during the semester breaks, students receive the opportunity to bring together their acquired textual knowledge and methodological-technical skills through independent, yet supervised, work.

Second Year of Study (Semesters III and IV)

While during the first year of study all courses are obligatory, the third semester provides a wide range of possibilities for academic specialization. These electives are offered within the framework of three topic areas; 1) Grundlagenvertiefungsbereich (K), 2) a clinically-oriented field (L), and 3) an applied field (M). Within each of these fields students may choose one area of specialty. A primary goal of the seminars is to provide students with a path of specialization toward a specific field within which the hypothesis can be formulated for the Master Thesis required in the fourth semester. The textual seminars are supported by advanced methods courses.