Postgraduate course

Term Paper, Cognitive Neuroscience

  • ECTS credits6
  • Teaching semester
  • Course codePSYCH304B
  • Number of semesters
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study

Master students.

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

Students may write an in-depth study (semester project paper) within biological and medical psychology covering aspects of basic biological psychology, medical psychology, or cognitive neuroscience. The project paper is to consider a theme linked to the basic subject in question, and the respective supervisors will present a list of possible themes at the beginning of the semester. Students are encouraged to suggest possible themes from their own area of interest, but have to get in contact with possible supervisors on their own, provided the choice gets the approval of the teaching staff in the basic area in question. The project paper is to be written in the form of an article drawn up in accordance with the APA standard. It may be semi-empirical, theoretical or in review form. If it is empirical, it may be based on qualitative or quantitative data. The paper is to show clearly what is original work, what is the processed work of others and what is the students' own use of material from others. All documentation must have clear references. All direct quotations must be in inverted commas, with references to works cited and page numbers. The students are required to work on the project paper independently, under limited guidance. Up to 3 students may work together on the same paper. The students' choice of theme for the project paper must be approved by the teaching personnel within one month after the start of the semester.

The work done on the project paper is supposed to be the equivalent of 6 ECTS, and the length must not exceed 15 pages (6000 words), excluding tables and references.

The project papers cannot be replaced by unpaid work as a scientific assistant, and the students cannot demand to work as scientific assistants. The project paper is assessed by the supervisor as meriting A-F.

Learning Outcomes

The students shall be familiar with the neurobiological basis and the functional-structural relationship of: 

  • Visual and auditory perception
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Functional and structural asymmetry/laterality
  • Language
  • Executive functions & cognitive control

The students shall also have an understanding of neurocognitive methods, such as: 

  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
    • Event-related potentials (ERP)

Required Previous Knowledge

Introductory course to Psychology

Biological Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Due to the limited number of spaces available and special entry requirements, admission to the course is limited.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Supervision in groups of 3-4 students.

Forms of Assessment

Written term paper.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Reading List

Accessable in "Mitt UiB"


Department of Biological and Medical Psychology.


Contact Information

Information Centre: tel. (+47) 55 58 27 10.

E-mail: studieveileder.psyfa@uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Term paper

    Submission deadline
    11.05.2018, 12:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam