2 years

Starting Date

late August

Tuition Fee

EU/EEA countries or Switzerland: Free
non-EU/EEA: €10,000 per year


Turku, Finland

About the programme

In the Master’s Degree Programme in Human Neuroscience, you will get a deep understanding of human brain function. You will learn non-invasive 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 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, 15 ECTS
  • Clinical Neuroscience, 23 ECTS
  • Behavioral methods to measure human cognition, perception, consciousness and performance, 15 ECTS
  • Data Analysis, 5 ECTS
  • Elective Courses, 17 ECTS
  • Human Neuroscience
    Seminars consisting of seminars related to lab presentations, thesis and future career opportunities, 5 ECTS
  • 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 the completion of introductory neuroscience courses during the first semester.

Career Prospects

This interdisciplinary programme provides you with broad knowledge to use behavioural methods, non-invasive 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, after your graduation, you 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 also provides you with eligibility for PhD studies. You will be able to apply for a position at the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS). The Graduate School consists of doctoral programmes that cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high-quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional careers in research and other positions of expertise.

Several doctoral programmes at the University of Turku are available for graduates of the MDP in Human Neuroscience:

  • Drug Research
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Clinical Research

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