Laurea magistrale in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology

The University of Padua offers a new Laurea Magistrale in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology (CN-2). The programme is offered in English over four semesters and leads to Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master degree) in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology. Admitted students who succeed in fulfilling the requirements of the Program will obtain the official Italian degree “Laurea Magistrale in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology” (Classe LM-51). 

There is increasing recognition of the role Neuropsychologists play in the management of brain disease. The demand for their service is becoming greater as the population ages and medical (neuro)technology  advances. Neuropsychologists assess and treat the cognitive, emotional and behavioural consequences of brain dysfunction and the Laurea Magistrale in Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology is an intensive program providing a pathway for Psychology students who are expected to acquire such skills.

The course is characterised by a strong international approach, and is recommended to foreign and Italian students, who wish to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge on the fundamentals and applied research in Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. 

Students are expected to acquire, during the course, a variety of skills in Cognitive Neuroscience, including methods for analysing fMRI, ERP’s, EEG, DTI, NIRS etc. They also are expected to acquire the capacity of carrying out neuropsychological assessment with neurological and psychiatric patients. Clinical training will be carried out at the at the School of Medicine units of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. 

Students will be taught by leading Neuroscientists using lectures, workshops and practical demonstration. Students will also spend some of their time in supervised research, gaining experience in how to design, perform and analyse high-quality cognitive neuroscientific experiments.  Clinical training will be carried out by the University Hospital and will be focused on the Neuospychological treatment of: stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, dementia.

The specialisation will be grounded in the neurosciences relevant to neuropsychology with a strong focus on evidence-based practice. This means that you are taught to focus on the conscientious, explicit and well-judged use of current best scientific evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients, this in terms of diagnostics, prognostics, and intervention.

Topics covered during the course in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology include:
- New concept in general Psychology 
- Learning disabilities
- Developmental and brain aging 
- Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience 
- Neuroimaging and brain stimulation 
- Human electroencephalography and evoked potentials in research and clinical diagnosis 
- Cognitive neuroscience of action
- Affective Neuroscience and Psychophysiology of consciousness 
- Statistics for brain and cognitive sciences
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
- Advanced Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience
- Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology
- Neurology
- Neurosurgery
- Neuroanatomy

Enrollment requirements
Laurea in Psychology (BA 3 years) or equivalent

30 students will be admitted to the course. 
Candidates will be selected on the basis of a written exam and interview (in English).

The aims of the Master in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology are: 
- To attract high-quality students with a range of academic interests who wish to be trained in the latest brain imaging research methods and their practical applications;
- to equip students with a range of transferable, academic and employment-related skills, including oral and written communication; 
- to provide a stimulating and distinctive specialist post-graduate  programme that incorporates both professional training and advanced study of the latest developments in interdisciplinary research and scholarship;
- to train students in the development, planning, execution, analysis;
- to provide a flexible multi-disciplinary research apprenticeship, suitable for those seeking to begin a postgraduate or commercial research career in cognitive neuroscience or implement and evaluate research in neuropsychology;
- to equip students with the skills and necessary preparation for both professional training and further academic study
- to produce scientists/professionals of high calibre, well grounded theoretically and professionally, capable of moving across a range of clinically oriented areas and of assuming full independent professional responsibility in clinical settings and of maintaining and enquiring research attitude in day-to-day work.

Study in this rapidly and multidisciplinary field can equip students who wish to gain opportunities including research, scientific  communication, education and scientific policy development. Moreover, the University of Padua is widely recognised as providing the standard of competence for practice as Clinical Neuropsychologist. 
The Laurea Magistrale (Master) in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology provides the underpinning knowledge component of that qualification.