Human Neuroscience - UTU Masters
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Master's Degree Programme in

Human Neuroscience

Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku



Students of the new Master’s Degree Programme will get a deep understanding of human brain function. They will learn noninvasive imaging methods to investigate brain activation and structure as well as behavioural methods to measure human cognition and performance. The Programme gives a strong foundation to work as a human neuroscience expert in various industries requiring knowledge and skills to tackle the complex brain-behaviour issues. Graduates are expected to find jobs, for example, in drug development, in companies developing novel health and game products, and in customised marketing research. The Programme also gives a strong basis to continue studies towards a PhD.


Programme structure

The extent of the Master’s Degree Programme is 120 ECTS to be completed in two years. The studies consist of brain imaging methods (20 ECTS), clinical neuroscience (25 ECTS), behavioural methods to measure human cognition, perception, consciousness and performance (15 ECTS), other studies (20 ECTS) and a Master’s thesis (40 ECTS). All programme parts contain lectures, group work, independent studies and practical exercises. The Programme requires a basic understanding of key neuroscience concepts. Depending on previous study history, this may require completion of introductory neuroscience courses during the first semester.

Academic excellence & experience

University of Turku (est. 1640) is among the top one percent of all universities in the world. Turku is well known particularly for its PET Centre which provides several state-of-art PET and MRI scanners for human studies. With a long research tradition in neuroscience, strong research groups and excellent facilities, Turku is a great place to study neuroscience. Turku has a unique, compact campus area with two universities, a university hospital and a strong cluster of medical and technology companies nearby, which creates an inspiring environment to study and work.

The Programme is run by the Turku Brain and Mind Center (TBMC) in collaboration with experts from three faculties (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Social Sciences, and Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences). TBMC provides a multidisciplinary context for comprehensive theoretical and practical education in human neurosciences. University of Turku has excellent research facilities for noninvasive brain imaging including PET, MRI, fMRI, EEG, TMS, and optical imaging. Researchers of TMBC have a wide network of connections within the Turku area, in Finland and internationally. This provides the students ample opportunities to work and learn in practical research projects.

Master's thesis & topics

Master’s thesis (40 ECTS) is an important part of the Programme’s curriculum. Students will write a research plan, participate in a research seminar, conduct practical research work and write a theoretical report of their results. The thesis will be based on analyses of behavioural and/or brain-imaging data conducted in collaboration with research groups or companies in the Turku area or elsewhere.


Competence description

In the Master’s Degree Programme you will

  • learn to understand and measure complex brain functions at systems level
  • learn to measure human cognition, perception and behaviour
  • learn to integrate brain-level and behavioural measurements to investigate human performance in different contexts
  • gain knowledge and skills suitable for pursuing a scientific career
  • design and manage your research project
  • analyse behavioural and imaging data
  • work in international and interdisciplinary research groups
Job options

The interdisciplinary Master’s Degree Programme in Human Neuroscience provides you with broad knowledge to use behavioural methods, noninvasive brain imaging and structural brain measures as indices of the complex brain–behaviour relationship in different settings.

The Programme gives a strong basis to pursue a career as a human neuroscience expert. For example, graduates of the Programme can

  • work in medical companies and drug development
  • work in health and game industries
  • continue studies and research towards a PhD
Career in research

Master of Science degree provides you with eligibility for PhD studies. Graduates from the Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.


General degree requirements

The Master’s Degree Programme in Human Neuroscience is open to all applicants with a lower university degree (BSc degree, 180 ECTS) in the following fields:

  • medical sciences, biomedicine, biochemistry
  • psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science
  • life sciences, biology, physics
  • computer science, mathematics, statistics
  • engineering

Degrees in other fields may also provide a suitable background depending on the applicant’s study history and plans.

Programme-Specific Requirements

The letter of motivation is a very important document in the application process. Please prepare it carefully and describe the following:

  • your plans and goals; why human neuroscience?
  • the relevancy of your study history including previous studies in neuroscience
  • knowledge and studies in statistics and/or mathematics
  • skills in programming and experience in using data analysis tools
  • English skills; scientific writing

Motivation letter should be less 2000 characters (including spaces) long. Please note that the motivation letter may be checked for plagiarism.

Applications meeting the general requirements will be ranked based on the following components:

  • previous studies and their relevancy for the programme
  • previous academic success
  • motivation letter

Highest-ranking applicants will be invited for an interview (Skype).

The interview performance will be separately scored.

Language Requirements

The programme is taught in English. Therefore, sufficient skills in English are required as determined by the admission requirements of the Faculty of Medicine. The applicants must prove their English skills by one of the following ways.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based test) / 92 (Internet-based test, no individual scores below 20)
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing Service) 6.5 (no individual scores below 6.0)
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) with a minimum score of 62 (no individual scores below 54).
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): pass Grade A, B or C
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English): pass Grade A, B or C
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) or an equivalent degree in an English-language program in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or in an EU/EEA country. The language of instruction of the degree must be proven with the degree certificate, transcript of records or Diploma Supplement.

Please note that the applicant is responsible for arranging the test for her/himself. The test results must not expire before the application deadline. Please see the information provided by the test organizers at and and for available testing dates in your country.

If the language skills are proven with the previous degree, the application must include a copy of the degree certificate/transcript of records indicating the required language proficiency.


Application Form and Enclosures

The application period is 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018 at 15.00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2018.

Applications are done on the Studyinfo portal ( Search for Master’s Degree Programme in Human Neuroscience. The motivation letter is a part of the electronic application form and should not be sent separately.


Make sure you have the required degree and documents. Check the country specific requirements for documentation as well as the need for certification or attestation.

Check the language requirements and reserve a time for a language test if necessary.


Fill in the online application form. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you will finish your application before 31 January 2018 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).


Collect the required application documents. Attach the documents to your application as specified in the general application instructions.


Master’s Degree Programme in



Degree: Master of Science

Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits

Mode of study: Full-time

Faculty / Department: Faculty of Medicine, Turku Brain and Mind Center

Location: Turku, Finland

Language of instruction: English

Start date: August 2019

Application period: 3 Dec 2018– 31 Jan 2019

Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland: None

Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries: €10,000 / academic year

Scholarships available: check the website


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