M.Sc. in Psychology – Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience



  • To convey modern Cognitive Sciences, considering both current methodological approaches (particularly those of the Cognitive Neurosciences) and emotional and social determinants of human experience and behaviour
  • To provide basic training which enables students to work in scientifically-grounded professional fields as M.Sc. in Psychology, such as in industry, healthcare, and non-profit organisations
  • To focus on international research, and provide a curriculum with courses in English where requested
  • To support preparation for PhD study and scientific career where requested

Download information

Information on the M.Sc. course Psychology, study branch: Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience can be found here in English (.pdf)

An overview of the actual M.Sc. module program can be found here.

Writing a Master Thesis

Topics for Master Theses are continuously offered at the Department for General Psychology (Prof. Dr. Stefan R. Schweinberger). Note that topics in the list below are examples only. The topics are typically related to current „hot topics“ in research in person perception and human interaction (see our current research pages). We offer tight supervision and full integration of students into active research laboratories. We also offer the option to get training in sophisticates research methods (e.g., cognitive electrophysiology and EEG/EKPs, eye tracking, digital image and sound morphing, 3-D imaging, comparative psychology etc.). We expect your scientific enthusiasm for your M.Sc. topic as well as continuous work in the field, while liaising with the respective lab team. Examples for current topics are given below. For your further information, a document specifying the Department´s guidelines for conducting and writing a Master Thesis can be found here.

M.Sc. Topics:
Topic: The Perception of Emotional Intonation from Voices in Cochlear Implant (CI) Users.

Topic: Age and Ageing in Person Perception

Topic: Multisensory Integration and the Experience of Agency in Human-Computer Interaction

Topic: Face Learning and Expertise: Enhancing Face Learning with Photorealistic Caricaturing

Topic: “Super-Recognizers” and Individuals with Prosopagnosia: Individual Differences in Face Recognition Abilities

Seminars and Materials

Research Seminars

Time: Tuesday 14 -16 (ct)
Place: Am Steiger 3/EG, SR 009
For an Overview of Program (Time-Schedule) click here

This is our colloquium for Diploma, M.Sc. and PhD students, staff members as well as students in our research-orientated small group courses. Apart from discussing research done within the department in Jena, this colloquium regularly features some “highlights” – talks by eminent scientists from other universities or institutions to present the current progress of their research. To see an abstract of each presentation, click on the talk title (where available).

PPRC – Person Perception Research Club

Time: Friday 11 -12, biweekly (ct)
Place: Leutragraben 1 (Jentower), 18. floor, Besprechungsraum
Topics: PPRC – Programm and Time-Schedule

This is our biweekly research lab meeting for students of person perception at all levels, from undergraduate to senior.