The Ph.D. program in Neural and Cognitive Sciences (NCS) provides advanced research training focused on the interdisciplinary study of the central and peripheral nervous systems, the mind/brain system, cognition, and on applications in clinical, social, ergonomic, and sports contexts.

The students will develop competencies in: cellular neurophysiology; neurogenesis; clinical neuroscience; neuroengineering; psycholinguistics; perception, action, and attention; memory and executive control; thinking, judgment, and decision making; sports psychology; typical and atypical development; personality; social psychology; community psychology; comparative psychology. At the end of the course, the students will be able to formulate an independent project; to coordinate data collection integrating methods of biological and psychological sciences; to evaluate results; to propose technological innovations for clinical and rehabilitation purposes; to operate in multidisciplinary teams in public and private institutions.

Taking into account students’ CV, the Ph.D. board defines individual programs, including a component focused on interdisciplinary knowledge and a component on specific advanced research abilities. Formal learning opportunities will include lectures; journal club; seminars; scientific reporting; stages in foreign institutions; participation in national and international meetings; summer schools for young researchers.

Job placement opportunities

PhDs in NCS will be able to conduct:

  1. qualified jobs that require specific and high-level knowledge in neurobiology, neuroengineering, psychology, and related disciplines, to be employed in public and private research centers and institutes, industries and clinics;
  2. qualified jobs concerning the development of technology and experimental methodologies relevant for neural and cognitive sciences, with applications to basic, pharmacological, and clinical research, to cognitive ergonomics, to the improvement of sports performance, to rehabilitation;
  3. qualified jobs concerning the promotion of the public understanding of neural and cognitive sciences and the communication of their theoretical and experimental achievements, as well as of the relevance of their applications.

Lines of research

  1. Neurobiology, neurogenesis, and cellular neurophysiology
  2. Clinical Neurosciences
  3. Neuroengineering
  4. Perception, action, and attention
  5. Memory, language, and executive control
  6. Thinking, judgment and decision making
  7. Comparative psychology
  8. Cognitive neuroscience
  9. Typical and atypical development
  10. Personality and social psychology
  11. Sport psychology

The scholarships are awarded for 3 years and their yearly amount is € 15.343,28 gross (approximatively € 1130 net per month).

Admission is based on a competitive examination.

The Call for Applications (Notice of Competition) is available on

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Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 4, 2019
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