The Master’s course in Cognitive Science leads to the Master’s degree in Cognitive Science (laurea magistrale), whose aim is to provide students with advanced theoretical and methodological knowledge in cognitive neuroscience and computational linguistics through an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the mind-brain system. Two characteristic features of this programme are: a close relationship between teaching and research practices, and a constant interplay between biology-based and technology-based explorations of the human mind and brain as well of the human ability to communicate through natural language.
The Master's course in Cognitive Science is entirely offered in English. Students choose between two tracks:
- Cognitive Neuroscience (CN)
- Language and Multimodal Interaction (LMI)
Each track offers a selection of specialized courses, to allow students to tailor their training to their academic interests. The CN track combines courses in cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology, statistics and experimental methodology, computer programming, advanced signal and data analysis with hands-on training in brain imaging and brain stimulation techniques. The LMI track combines introductory computer science courses with courses on formal linguistics at various levels and provide students with an overview of well-established computational linguistics topics as well of research topics dominating the field nowadays. It also offers courses on language and the brain.
The Master's course is part of a joint program with the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati di Trieste (SISSA) and of the Erasmus Mundus Program in Language and Communication Technologies (LCT). It also offers a double degree program with Osnabrück University. It supports student exchanges with various EU prestigious universities in the cognitve science and computational linguistics field.