University of Barcelona

Research in Behaviour and Cognition

Course curriculum

The Master’s program in Research in Behavior and Cognition is an official Master’s program consisting of 60 ECTS units, including 20 research ECTS. It is an intensive one-year program taught entirely in English (except the elective courses of Primatology, which are in Catalan or Spanish).

The program is designed as the coursework training period for the Ph.D. program in Brain, Cognition and Behavior and for the Ph.D. program in Biodiversity. As such, it provides access to the Ph.D. program for individuals who have not previously completed an official Master’s program with a research component - the standard requirement for admission to a Ph.D. program.


Common courses

Behavior and cognition seminar (5 ECTS)

Cognitive neuroscience (5 ECTS)

Regression analysis and the general linear model (5 ECTS)


Cognition and Brain Plasticity Profile

Advances in cognitive development (2.5 ECTS)

Advances in language processes and memory (2.5 ECTS)

Attention and Prediction in Cognitive Neuroscience (2.5 ECTS)

Computational models in cognition and programming skills (5 ECTS)

Learning and cognition (2.5 ECTS)

Multisensory Perception (2.5 ECTS)

Principles of decision making in perception and action (2.5 ECTS)

Research in Human brain function (5 ECTS)

Tools for data science (2.5 ECTS)

Workshop in data analysis (2.5 ECTS)

Workshop in neuroimaging techniques and sensory motor control (2.5 ECTS)


Behavioral profile

Individual differences research (5 ECTS)

Multivariate analysis and structural equation models (5 ECTS)

Psychological assessment research (5 ECTS)

Personality and cognition (2.5 ECTS)

Psychological research on delinquency (2.5 ECTS)

Behavioral genetics (2.5 ECTS)


Profile of primatology and ethology

Origins of Human Behavior (5 ECTS)

Primate Behavioural Ecology (5 ECTS)

Behavioral observation (5 ECTS)

Social behavior and animal cognition (5 ECTS)

Modeling of primate behavior (2.5 ECTS)



The 20 research ECTS are completed as follows:

During the first semester students perform a research practicum (10 ECTS) in one of the progrma's lines of research, under the guidance of one of the program's professors. At the end of the second semester they prepare a research project (10 ECTS) which they then present to an examining comittee.

The program offers three different academic profiles, although it is possible to choose courses of different profiles.

Research lines of the program