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Master's course in Cognitive Science

Course Description

The program is offered in English and leads to the Master degree in Cognitive Science. Students choose between two tracks offering a selection of specialized courses to allow students to tailor their training to their academic interests: Cognitive Neuroscience & Language and Multimodal Interaction.

Each track offers a selection of specialized courses, to allow students to tailor their training to their academic interests. The curriculum includes courses focusing on neurophysiological aspects of cognitive processes, the study of human behavior, and human-computer interaction.

Two characteristic features of this program are a close relationship between teaching and research practices & a constant interplay between biology-based and technology-based explorations of the human mind and brain.

All students are actively involved in developing research projects and have access to the laboratories during the master’s program, thus gaining invaluable hands-on experience with the latest research technologies, including fMRI, EEG, MEG, TMS and eye tracking. This opportunity provides the type of technical skills needed in industry and necessary for acceptance into competitive Ph.D. programs.

Visit the Master's course in Cognitive Science page on the University of Trento website for more details!

Student Profiles

Opera Universitaria scholarship - 20+ Awards

The yearly tuition fee for the Master's course in Cognitive Science at the University of Trento covers the full cost of tuition and examinations and amounts to maximum 6.000 €. It will be possible to have a fee reduction up to 2.000 €, according to the student's economic situation.The University of Trento is a public institution and the graduate programs (Lauree Magistrali) comply with the Bologna scheme. Consistently, access to the Master's course is offered to EU students and non-EU students regularly living in Italy at a reduced fee, of maximum 3.000 €.Scholarships are provided by Opera Universitaria to qualified students according to their financial status and academic achievements. The Admission Committee will notify non-EU students eligible to apply for the Opera Universitaria benefits based on their admission score. Students entitled to receive the Opera Universitaria scholarship are fee waived and have the right to apply for accommodation (€180.00/month for a double room and € 220.00/month for a single room) in one of the facilities of Opera Universitaria.

Value of Scholarship(s)

max. 5.000 Euros


Scholarships are awarded each year to qualified students under 35 years old.
Opera Universitaria scholarships are awarded according the student’s economic situation and the availability of funds.
Please also note that students are not entitled to get the Opera Universitaria scholarship if they already get any another type of scholarship and/or if they already have a Master's degree.

Application Procedure

The application must be presented respecting timings and conditions indicated in the Opera Universitaria call, usually published in June.

Further Information



UNITN-SISSA scholarship - 4 Awards

The University of Trento and the International School for advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste offer a joint education program named “Graduate Program in Cognitive Science”. Students enrolled in the Program will spend the first year at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) and the second year at SISSAFor the period spent at UNITN, the student enrolled in the Program will receive a yearly benefit determined from the average amount of living expenses in 2.500 Euros. Lodging will be granted at the facilities managed by the University Guild in Trento.For the period spent at SISSA, the student enrolled in the Program will receive a grant of maximum 500 Euros/month and a contribution of maximum 250 Euros/month towards the coverage of lodging expenses in Trieste, only after providing a copy of the official lodging contract.All students will be provided access to the facilities of SISSA and UNITN (library, computers, laboratories, Internet).

Value of Scholarship(s)

2.500 Euros


In order to be eligible for admission to the Program, candidates must have passed the selection and accepted the position at the Master’s course in Cognitive Science offered by UNITN.

Application Procedure

Candidates are required to apply online by 20 March 2015 (for non-EU and EU candidates) or by 10 July 2015 (for EU candidates only), filling all the sections required by the online application form for the Master’s course in Cognitive Science – Cognitive Neuroscience track, and the motivation letter for the Program in “Track selection”.

Further Information



EMLCT scholarship - 4 Awards

Contribution to travel, installation, visa related costs and any other type of costs Installation costs:
1,000 Euro per scholarship holder resident of a partner country
Travel costs:
Category A
2,000 Euro/year/scholarship holder resident of a partner country whose location is less than 4,000 km away from the coordinating institution
3,000 Euro/year/scholarship holder resident of a partner country whose location is 4,000 km or more away from the coordinating institution
Category B
1,000 Euro per year per scholarship holder resident of a programme countryMaximum contribution to the EMMC participation costs (including insurance coverage)
Category A up to 9.000 € per year per scholarship holder from a Partner Country
Category B up to 4.500 € per year per scholarship holder from a Programme CountryContribution to subsistence costs
EUR 1000 / month (24 months maximum)
Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to scholarship holders for the periods of the JMD (study / research / placement / thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence

Value of Scholarship(s)

EUR 1000 / month


Category A for students who come from a country other than an EU member state or Programme country and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity for more than a total of 12 months over the last 5 years in one of these countries.
Category B for students who are residents or nationals of any of the EU Member countries, Programme country, i.e. a country fully participating to the programme on the same grounds as EU Member States, or other nationals who have carried out their main activity for more than a total of 12 months over the last 5 years in one of these countries.

Application Procedure

Fill out the application form.Provide the names of 2 referees of your choice on the application form. Using the email address you provide, your referees will be contacted and asked to upload letters of recommendation.Upload the following documents via the file upload interface:
a current Curriculum Vitae (CV), written in English
certified copies of:
your Bachelor's degree, if already completed
certificates attesting to the fulfillment of the language requirements
a transcript of academic records
a copy of your identity documentIf your original documents are in a language other than English, please also submit certified translations.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A three- or four-year-Bachelor’s degree from an internationally recognized institution at university level; Fluency in written and spoken English at B2 level; Knowledge of the most common computer applications.Ideal applicants are highly motivated individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and fluent in the English language. Students will be selected based on their academic achievement, strength of their intellectual and working ability, motivation and interest in the field, and recommendation letters. We are open to candidates from any academic background.

Last Updated

04 January 2017

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