The programme is designed in a modular fashion. The number of mandatory modules decreases towards the end of the programme, offering increased flexibility to students. The course lasts for two years or four semesters, during which a total of 120 credit points (CP) must be achieved from multiple parts. This includes 15 CP for a mandatory internship (lasting 12 weeks) and 30 CP for completing a Master's thesis with an accompanying Master's colloquium. Another 9 CP must be acquired via the practical project module. The internship can be carried out in one of the Psychology labs at Carl von Ossietzky University, another research lab, or in a clinical institution. The "general" portion of the course contains five mandatory modules, including a MATLAB course, comprising 42 CP. The "specialised" portion offers several different modules from which students may choose (requiring a minimum of 24 CP).
The Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology has the following structure:
General part (mandatory): 42 CP
- Research methods 12 CP
- Psychological Assessment and Diagnostics 9 CP
- Communication of scientific results 6 CP
- Minor 9 CP
- Computation in Neuroscience 6 CP
Specialised part (choose either four of the 6 CP courses or two of the 9 CP courses and one of the 6 CP courses): 24 CP
- Clinical Psychology 9 CP
- Psychophysics of Visual Perception and Illusions 6 CP
- Neurophysiology 6 CP
- Neurocognition 6 CP
- Sex and Cognition 6 CP
- Neuropsychology 9 CP
- Applied Cognitive Psychology 6 CP
- Human Computer Interaction 6 CP
- Neuromodulation of Cognition 6 CP
- Functional Neuroimaging 9 CP
Project part (internship mandatory; choose one practical project): 24 CP
- Internship or lab visit 15 CP
- Practical project (choose from: Applied Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysics, Experimental Psychology, Experimental Neuropsychology, Biological Psychology) 9 CP
Master's part (mandatory): 30 CP
- Master's thesis (27 CP) and Master's colloquium (3 CP) 30 CP
Total: 120 CP
Study abroad unit(s)
The curriculum is arranged in such a way that students can complete parts of their studies at another university or institution for higher education in Germany or abroad.
The programme includes a mandatory internship (lasting 12 weeks). The internship can be carried out in one of the Psychology labs at the University of Oldenburg, another research lab, or in a clinical institution. Several cooperating institutions in the Oldenburg area, which work in area of clinical neuropsychology, accept applications for internships from students inscribed in the programme "Neurocognitive Psychology". Internships abroad may also be arranged.
Forms of assessment
Practical exercises (experimental work, programming task)
Depending on the chosen modules, the programme either prepares your for a career in research or for an employment in applied settings (such as hospitals or industry). Several of our research-based modules prepare students in depth for entering a PhD programme in the area of cognitive neuroscience, offered by this or other universities. Our applied modules additionally guarantee a basic training in the area of clinical neuropsychology and human computer interaction.
Please note that the programme is not designed for broad training in clinical psychology. We offer only a few modules in clinical psychology and psychological diagnostic. Please also note, that if your Bachelor's degree is not in Psychology, it will be unlikely that you can enter a postgraduate training to become a certified psychotherapist.