This doctoral program aims to train researchers in the areas of Basic and Applied Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, prioritizing interdisciplinarity. With this perspective, the program includes researchers assigned to different areas of knowledge in the fields of Neurobiology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Clinical and Health Psychology and Psychiatry. It is an interuniversity program, jointly organized by the Universities of Santiago de Compostela (which coordinates it), A Coruña and Vigo.PresentationThe aim is to provide technical training and specific knowledge for research in these areas and to facilitate a framework of interrelation between the doctoral students linked to them. It aims to promote an integrative multidisciplinary scientific space that addresses the study of the brain from a morphological, structural, functional, computational and developmental point of view, in addition to its reciprocal relationship with psychosocial variables. All in order to understand human behavior and to facilitate preventive and therapeutic strategies for the main neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders.
The study of the nervous system in general, and the human brain in particular, is one of the priority areas of research throughout the world. One of the greatest challenges of this research is to discover the mysteries of the brain, from molecular functioning to the mechanisms that support processes such as memory, intelligence or conscious action and their interaction with the environment. The progress in the knowledge of the nervous system will allow to fight the diseases that affect it and improve the quality of life. From a more clinical perspective, this program integrates lines that deal with the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental disorders, addressing them from a biopsychosocial perspective.
This Program is part of the 'Network of European Neuroscience Schools' (NENS), a structure created within the framework of the FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) to provide information on postgraduate training in the field of Neuroscience and promote collaboration among European study programs.ProfileFor admission to the Program, it will be required to be in possession of an official University Master's degree in Neuroscience, in Clinical and Health Psychology, in Psychiatry or other masters in the biomedical field, or specialized health training (two years positively evaluated) in areas related to the master's degree (Psychology, Psychiatry, Neurology ...) as well as other degrees considered equivalent in the opinion of the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program.
Offer of official master's degrees with direct access to the program:
1) University of Santiago de CompostelaNeuroscience
Research in Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology.
General Health Psychology2) University of A Coruña:Neuroscience3) University of Vigo:NeuroscienceGraduates, graduates and masters with experience and / or specific interests in the different areas of knowledge of Neuroscience may also be admitted, subject to a report from the CAPD, provided they meet the general requirements for access to the doctorate. Those who do not accredit the skills required to access the Program will have to take additional training.
The training supplements will be specified for each student, if necessary, by the CAPD and may not exceed 15 ECTS credits. The completion of these supplements may be prior or simultaneous to enrollment in the program.
For guidance purposes, and without prejudice to the customization of each case, training complements must be taken in the following cases:Students who, having not completed a master's degree in the field of Neuroscience, wish to carry out their thesis in the lines of Neurobiology: They must take between 9 and 15 credits (to be determined by the Commission, based on previous training) from among the compulsory subjects and electives of the Interuniversity Master in Neuroscience (USC, UVigo, UdC) linked to the Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology module.
Students who, having not completed a master's degree in the field of Neuroscience or Clinical Psychology, wish to carry out their thesis in the line of Cognitive Neuroscience, must take between 9 and 15 credits (to be determined by the Commission, depending on previous training ) from among the compulsory and optional subjects of the Interuniversity Master's Degree in Neuroscience (USC, UVigo, UdC) linked to the Cognitive Neuroscience module, or from the subjects assigned to the areas of Psychobiology and Methodology of Behavioral Sciences of the Master's Degree in Psychology General Sanitary by the USC ..
Students who, having not completed a master's degree in the field of Clinical and Health Psychology, wish to carry out their thesis in the lines of Clinical and Health Psychology, must take between 9 and 15 credits (to be determined by the Commission, depending on of previous training) from among the compulsory and optional subjects of the Master in General Health Psychology assigned to the areas of Personality, Psychological Evaluation and Treatment and Methodology of Behavioral Sciences.
For students who are not taking a master's degree in the field of Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology or Psychiatry and wish to carry out their thesis in the lines of a more technological nature (neuroimaging, computational models, etc.) the necessary training complements will be determined in a manner individualized based on previous training and the specific field of the thesis, from among the compulsory and optional subjects of the Interuniversity Master's Degree in Neuroscience (USC, UVigo, UdC).
Students who access the program with a Bachelor's degree of 300 ECTS in which research training credits equivalent in educational value to research credits from Master's studies are not included, must take between 9 and 15 credits of these characteristics of the above mentioned master's degrees in Neuroscience or General Health Psychology.Foreign students:
Graduates according to foreign educational systems will be able to access, without the need for their homologation, after verification by the University that it accredits a level of training equivalent to that of the official Spanish university master's degree and that it empowers in the country issuing the degree to access to doctoral studies. This admission will not imply, in any case, the homologation of the previous title of which the interested party is in possession or its recognition for purposes other than that of access to doctoral studies.
AdmissionStudents who access the Doctoral Program in Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology must possess the following competencies:Have knowledge of the bases of the organization and functioning of the nervous system
Have master's level competencies in the management of at least some of the research techniques used in the area of neuroscience and the study of normal and pathological behavior.
Have master's level competencies in the development and fine-tuning of useful research protocols in the field of neuroscience and the study of normal and pathological behavior.
Have master's level skills in obtaining, analyzing and exploiting scientific data.
Being the one to apply knowledge to solving new problems.
Be competent for data integration and interaction with other scientists from different fields of neuroscience.
Have master's level competencies in oral and written scientific communication.
Be the one to adopt ethical perspectives in the application of their knowledge.
Have advanced knowledge of at least one of the official languages of the Autonomous Community (Galician, Spanish), as well as sufficient knowledge of English to be able to use that language in the scope of their research work (level B1).In the event that the demand exceeds the supply of places, admission will be based on the academic record.