MSc in Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience


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Program Description

This program involves different scientific fields of natural sciences, technological sciences, and humanities as well. The focus of investigations is on the phenomena of cognition - perception, attention, memory, reasoning, thinking, and behavior - from an interdisciplinary perspective: Anthropology, Artificial Intelligence, Biology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Psychology have contributed to its development as core disciplines. The relevance of such an approach gains support from the constant need for building a knowledge-based society.

Tracks/ Specializations:

  • Cognitive Models of Science
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

Strength of program

Our university has longstanding educational and research traditions in a wide area of fields, including both humanities and science, thus providing an appropriate background for a multidisciplinary field such as cognitive science. The skills and knowledge gained during the program can be applied in a very wide area of basic research, applied research, and jobs outside the academic field. The students will have the opportunity to work with distinguished researchers on various projects in the university laboratories or join research in our partner institutions. They will have the opportunity to participate in international collaborations on research projects, and the chance to do international training with one of our partner universities.


Basic subject I

  • Introduction to Cognitive Science

Basic subjects II. After psychologist BA

  • Mathematics
  • Epistemology
  • Informatics
  • Philosophy of Language

Basic subjects II. After biologist BSc

  • Epistemology
  • Logic and Logical Semantics
  • Informatics
  • Philosophy of Language

Basic subjects II. After communication BA

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics and Methodology
  • Neurobiology

Basic subjects II. After philosophy BA

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics and Methodology
  • Neurobiology
  • Informatics

Basic subjects II. After linguistics BA

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics and Methodology
  • Neurobiology
  • Informatics

Basic subjects II. After programmer BSc

  • Neurobiology
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Language

Basic subjects II. After engineering BSc

  • Neurobiology
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Language

Core curriculum

  • Cognitive Psychology 1
  • Cognitive Psychology 2
  • Cognitive Psychology Practical
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Computer Programming
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Semantics and Knowledge Representation

Specialization in cognitive models of science

  • Theory of Science
  • Cognitive Movement in the Philosophy of Science
  • Historical Reconstruction of Scientific Thinking
  • Human Ethology
  • Cognitive Anthropology
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Project Work
  • required elective courses
  • Project Work

Specialization in cognitive neuroscience

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Informatics in Human Vision
  • Cognitive Developmental Research
  • Knowledge and Culture
  • Human Ethology
  • Thesis
  • required elective courses
  • Project Work
  • optional courses

Specialization in cognitive models of science- required elective courses

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Scientific Model Building
  • Observation and Experiment
  • Psychology of Science

Specialization in cognitive neuroscience- required elective courses

  • Visual Neuroscience
  • Language, Cognition, Consciousness and their Development
  • Numerical Cognition
  • Psychophysiology of Cognitive Processes
  • Brain Imaging

Career opportunities

The program provides graduates with the necessary theoretical/intellectual and empirical tools to pursue an academic career (Ph.D. program) in cognitive science or in one of the disciplines related to it. Apart from basic research graduates in cognitive science increasingly find work in applied research: prospective career fields include the IT-sector (interaction design, usability, knowledge management, etc.), education, and biomedical and clinical research, as well as the economy. The generic skills (such as teamwork, ability to communicate, reflection and evaluation skills, ability to quickly learn and adapt) acquired by graduates are of use in a variety of careers in the private sector. Graduates of cognitive science are especially suited to work in a highly interdisciplinary area, bringing experience in mediating between disciplines. These include the fields of IT and education (see above), as well as the areas of consulting, human resources, and science writing.

Job examples

  • Human Resources employee
  • Researcher
  • IT expert

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

A) Full acknowledgment is given for the following degrees: a Bachelor’s degree in: Psychology, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Biology, Liberal Arts: Philosophy Specialisation; college degrees (as according to the Hungarian higher education system before 2006): Psychology, Information Technology, Computer Programmer Mathematician, Teacher of Computer Science, Teacher of Biology, Biology Laboratory Operator; university degrees (as according to the Hungarian higher education system before 2006): Psychology, Information Technology, Computer Programmer Mathematician, Teacher of Informatics, Applied Plant Biology, Applied Zoology, Biophysics, Biology, Molecular Biology, Teacher of Biology, Aesthetics; Ethics, Anthropology and Social Studies, Philosophy.

If you have any of the degrees listed above or you are going to obtain a degree by the time of the results announcement, you do not have to do anything else but send a copy of the degree certificate (hereinafter diploma).

Please note that the degrees described above, as well as the full acknowledgment, are only for degrees obtained in Hungary. If your degree was obtained outside Hungary, it must be submitted for evaluation (see below). However, the above list will give you an idea of what degrees can be accepted.

B) Conditionally accepted Bachelor’s degrees which will be considered in the first place: Liberal Arts: Communications and Media Studies, Business Information Technology, Applied Economics, Economic Analysis, Hungarian Linguistics and Literature: Language Technology specialisation and Theoretical Linguistics specialisation, Pedagogy, Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineer, Mechatronics Engineering, Electrical Engineer, Economist in Business Administration and Management, Technical Manager, Mathematics, Communication and Media Science, Economist in Economic and Financial Mathematical Analysis. In the case of these degrees they must fulfill the following credit requirements: at least 10-12 credits (ECTS) which can be recognized from the earlier studies in at least three of the following fields: mathematics, statistics; informatics; epistemology; logic; linguistics; physiology and anatomy. (Besides the degrees listed above, any other degree can be accepted if it fulfills the 12 ECTS requirement.)

The requirement, i. e. the existence of the credits listed above are established through a preliminary examination of the credits which must be initiated by the applicant in the form of a free-text request.

If the applicant takes their final examination during the current semester and their degree certificate (diploma) is not issued before the application deadline, a certification is required, which verifies that the applicant will presumably receive a degree. In case of being accepted as a student, however, the applicant must present the diploma upon enrolment at the latest.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities (Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.)). The details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Language requirements
  • A minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): C1
  • A minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): C1

Further comments:

The language of instruction for the entire program is English, so a very good command of English is required during the oral entrance exam and throughout the whole program. The language knowledge is assessed and evaluated during the interview, the Faculty of Education and Psychology doesn't require an official language certificate.

Documents to submit with the application
  • Online application form
  • Bachelor-level degree
  • Transcript of records
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
    The letter should contain approximately 2000 characters. You should explain your experiences and ideas, how you met the field of cognitive science, why you thought it would be suitable for you, what your aim is with the MSc degree, how you would imagine your career, which area you are interested in and what further studies you might plan.
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
  • Copy of application fee transfer
  • Entrance exam fee
  • Reference work
    The reference work can be any work that you wrote within the field of psychology, linguistics OR cognitive science (research paper, seminar paper, research report, published article, poster, study, etc.). You can also write a new paper for the current application, which can be an improved version of earlier work. If the work has been published or has been presented during your studies, please indicate on the paper where it was published or within what context it was written and presented. The maximum length should be 15 pages (without the appendices, and there are no requirements for form). If the work was co-authored, you must indicate their participation in the paper in percent (%). The reference work must be in English.-
  • An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English. It can be a translation from the university too.
Application procedure

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

Last updated Jun 2020

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