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Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Course Presentation

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience is an emerging area of knowledge that has as its object the biological basis of cognition and behaviour, focusing in particular on the role of the nervous system in these psychological processes.
Therefore it involves the articulation of a sound mastery of Psychology, particularly in the study of cognitive and emotional processes and a clear understanding of the organization and functioning of the nervous system, as well as the basic principles and concepts of Biology. Due to the multiplicity of areas of knowledge involved, this study plan has an interdisciplinary character integrating concepts, theories and techniques of neuroscience with knowledge and theories that emerge from Psychology and Biology.
The organization into two branches allows us to offer a solid advanced training on the relationship between the nervous system and its biological processes and on the behaviour and cognitive function, under normal or pathological conditions.

Profile of the Programme and Level of Qualification

2 (two) years, 4 (four) semesters, 38 weeks of full-time study per academic year, 120 ECTS.

University Higher Education – Masters Level 7 (National Framework of Qualifications, Decree-Law 782/2009, published in Diário da República, 1ª Série, nº 141, July 23th.

Key Learning Outcomes

This is a Masters with an interdisciplinary character, which is organized into two branches, allowing students to choose between a career focused on research or
acquisition of innovative intervention skills applied to professional contexts:
(1) The Fundamental Branch, which emphasizes the development of skills for the practice of scientific research, providing a solid interdisciplinary training and a strong component of research methodologies that allow the development of a career in scientific research in this area, whether academic or in the biomedical industry.
(2) Applied Branch, which focuses on the acquisition of advanced knowledge in this area within contexts of disease (particularly in the areas of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders or in psychopharmacology) and is aimed at professionals in the field of health sciences, enabling them a wider effectiveness in their professional practice.