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Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy

Research Master Brain and Cognitive Sciences

The Research master Brain and Cognitive Sciences adheres to a specific educational philosophy. The programme carefully selects students with a genuine interest in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a clear motivation for the study of brain and cognitive sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students are trained to think beyond the paradigms and to gain an in-depth understanding of the key ideas in brain and cognitive sciences.

We therefore maintain certain specific notions with regard to the practice of teaching. Hereby enabling a challenging and inspiring atmosphere for the students, which allows fulfilment of potential and intellectual growth. These notions can be defined as follows:

  • Active participation: active participation by students is a major focus of the master programme. Therefore we teach in small classes.

  • Interactive teaching: students work both individually as well as in groups. Their work will consist of group discussions, individual presentations as well as the usual work to be carried out on projects and papers. Students are expected to recognise their own responsibility in coming prepared for class.

  • Flexibility: Students follow a core curriculum consisting of entry courses and interdisciplinary courses. In addition, students have the opportunity to further specialize in their chosen domain, and/or to choose courses to learn concepts and methodological approaches that are used in neighbouring scientific areas. This allows students to prepare for the Literature Thesis and Research Projects.

  • Continuous assessment: the varying class activities are considered to be an essential part of the development of the student. Assessment will be based on various skills in every course. This can take shape in the form of essays, assignments, tests, exams, presentations, discussions or portfolios. All assignments have to be handed in on time.

  • Academic attitude: students are encouraged to be critical but respectful, open minded and proactive.

  • Mentor system: the intensive teaching format demands a lot from the students. To assist and support them, students have the possibility to contact an academic mentor who in turn can help them with questions concerning their academic curriculum and interests. The academic mentors are all alumni of the programme who are now in a PhD position.