University of Barcelona

Information for the student – 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 language processes and memory (2.5 ECTS)

Attention and Prediction (2.5 ECTS)

Decision making (2.5 ECTS)

Computational models in cognition and programming skills (5 ECTS)

Human Brain Function (5 ECTS)

Learning and cognition (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)

Personality and cognition (2.5 ECTS)

Behavioral genetics (2.5 ECTS)

Advances in risk assessment and management  (2.5 ECTS)


Profile of primatology and ethology

Origins of Human Behavior (5 ECTS)

Animal social behavior and cognition (5 ECTS)

Etoecology and conservation (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 program'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 committee.

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


Research lines

Research lines of the program