[visionlist] MASTER IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE - UNIVERSITY OF TRENTO

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Thu Jun 10 10:27:05 GMT 2010


Master in Cognitive Science, Faculty of Cognitive Science, University of Trento, Italy
DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2010

Contacts
Master in Cognitive Science
Faculty of Cognitive Science
University of Trento
Corso Bettini, 84 - 38068 Rovereto (TN), Italy
fax + 39 0464 808415
www.mcs.unitn.it
Email: mcs at unitn.it

1. COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE TRACK - CSCNS
2. LANGUAGE AND MULTIMODAL INTERACTION TRACK - CSLMI

1. COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE - CSCNS
Cognitive neuroscience is the study of the mind and brain, investigating how and why people think and act the way they do. The knowledge and skills gained in the Master’s course will provide a foundation for advanced scientific research, with professional applications in the fields of education, consumer and economic decision making, psychology and clinical research.
The Master’s course in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Trento provides research-focused training with a diverse, international group of faculty and researchers. The two year program combines courses in neuroscience, cognition, statistics, advanced signal and data analysis with hands-on training in cutting-edge research techniques. These include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), magnetic encephalography (MEG), computational modelling, comparative cognition (animal models), EEG, eye tracking, cinematic motion tracking and psychophysics.

2. LANGUAGE AND MULTIMODAL INTERACTION TRACK- CSLMI
Communication via language and other modalities is a fundamental component of human activity. It is therefore not at all surprising that the technologies originated from the scientific study of these activities are having a major impact on modern society - it is sufficient to think about the role played by Google in everyday life, or the crucial importance of interface design in the success of technologies such as the iPhone. The Language and Multimodal Interaction track provides students with the interdisciplinary training necessary to operate in this area, whether in an academic environment or in an industrial setting.
The two-year program combines a solid foundation in scientific and cognitive methods - modules in mathematics, language science, neuroscience, and psychology, including an introduction to advanced methods such as eye tracking, EEG, and fMRI – with an extensive training in computational methods for the statistical analysis of large amounts of language and perceptual data, and in interface design. Theoretical knowledge will be supplemented by the experience acquired in substantial practical projects carried out in research and industry labs.

Minimum requirements
In order to be considered for admission, a Bachelor’s degree and a certified English knowledge (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CPE) is required.
In the absence of a document certifying the level of English language, the candidate is encouraged to submit alternative proof of English proficiency (i.e. an official letter from the University stating that the candidate completed university courses taught entirely in English). The evaluation of this alternative document will be entirely at discretion of the admission committee.

Selection criteria
A CV, two letters of reference and a letter of motivation are required. The application form, which also allows students to apply for scholarships, is available online at http://international.unitn.it/mcs/application-form.

Tuition fees and scholarships
The fees vary from a maximum of about 3,000 euros/academic year to a total exemption (for yearly incomes up to 30,000 euros and 3 family members). The amount of the tuition and the scholarship, based on merit and income, will be defined on the basis of the following documentation: family certificate, income, property possessions, to be submitted within the deadlines for enrolment to the University of Trento. Admitted candidates may apply to receive Opera Universitaria Scholarship.

SISSA PROGRAM FELLOWSHIP - CALL NOW OPEN
Please see the details of the call at http://international.unitn.it/sites/international.unitn.it/files/SISSAcall.doc

Language
All courses are taught in English. For students wishing to familiarize with the Italian culture, Italian language courses will be offered by the Faculty of Cognitive Science.

Number of students
The program is intended for a small number of top level students. In the academic year 2010-2011, the program will admit at most 40 students.

Final degree
After successful completion of the curriculum and fulfillment of the Master’s requirements, students will be awarded a Master of Science degree (laurea magistrale) in Cognitive Science.
Please note that, thanks to an agreement with the University of Osnabrück and with Sissa (Trieste, Italy), selected students will be given the possibility to study and earn a joint degree in Trento and one of these two partner institutions.

Deadline
The deadline to complete the on-line application is:
June 30th, 2010 for EU CITIZENS ONLY

For more details, please visit the web site www.mcs.unitn.it

The University advantage
The University of Trento has focused on excellence since its inception in 1962, and it now enjoys a strong global reputation, with its 7 Faculties, 14 Research Departments, more than 500 professors and 15,000 students. The University of Trento has been recently ranked among the 500 top universities in the Times Higher QS World University Ranking 2007, which is an excellent result given its medium size.

The Faculty advantage
The Faculty of Cognitive Science is specialized in mind and brain studies, psychology and human-computer interaction, and offers a wide range of programs at Master and Doctorate level.

The city advantage
With its vibrant cultural life and museums, the region Trentino exemplifies Italy’s unique concentration of artistic treasures. In addition to its many castles, cathedrals and theatres, Rovereto also offers many sporting opportunities, being just minutes away from ski slopes, water sports (including Garda Lake) and hiking in the Alps. Or one can simply enjoy the Italian weather and culture sitting outside in a café, enjoying a cappuccino or a refreshing drink.

Francesca Bacci, PhD
Coordinator of the Master in Cognitive Science, University of Trento
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