Master's in cognitive neuroscience of language

Cognitive Neuroscience arises from coordinating efforts in such different areas as cognitive psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, neuropsychology, and computer science with technological advances in the fields of neuroimaging and computing. This interdisciplinary venture aims to discover the brain mechanisms that underlie psychological processes such as language.

The Master’s program is aimed at university graduates who are interested in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. These include individuals with backgrounds in areas such as psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics, as well as candidates with relevant training in related fields such as cognitive science, mathematics, computer science, and machine learning.

Selecting the appropriate Master's program is the best way to start a successful research career. In fact, several of our current PhD students began their research careers in our Master's program.

In the years that we have been running our Master's program, graduates have gone on to PhD programs in places such as New York University, the Donders Center at Radboud University, UC San Diego, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Michigan State University, the University of Bielefeld, and our PhD program at BCBL.

The duration of the program is one academic year with 60 ECTS credits.

The students will develop research skills through the mentorship of experts and by completing a Master’s Research Project at the end of the program. The language of instruction is English.



All applications sent to until 27 March will be considered.  All the candidates  have to preregister through the platform of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) from March 4th until March 27th 2024.

When the university preregistration period opens, it is necessary to choose our master's degree.

The BCBL Evaluation Committee will forward via e-mail the provisional result to each candidate evaluated until the end of the preregistration period. Once it has been verified that each candidate meets all the criteria established by the university, this institution must validate the result. Graduated students will have preference.

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to be sent by e-mail to

  1. Scanned ID (Spanish and European applicants) or Passport (international applicants)
  2. Degree certificate
  3. Transcripts of records
  4. Résumé (CV)
  5. Letters of recommendation:
    1. Either letters from two different Professors, or
    2. One letter from a Full Professor (you may also include a letter from a second Professor if you use this option, but it is not required)
  6. 1 essay stating your research interests (1 page maximum, .pdf format)
  7. Certificate of English level is mandatory for applicants who attended a non-English-speaking undergraduate university


Follow these instructions to provide the University of the Basque Country with the necessary documents.


Authorization for accessing a master’s degree at the University of the Basque Country with a foreign qualification issued outside the EHEA is needed.

If you don’t have any certificate, please provide us with detailed information about your previous English experience, such as international undergraduate experience (Erasmus or equivalent), experience in reading scientific articles in English, etc.

All the information must be sent in ENGLISH. In case the original letters of recommendation are in a different language than English, both the original letter and a translation are required.

Transcripts of records should be provided in ENGLISH. Admitted students will be required to provide the University of the Basque Country with the Degree Certificate and the Transcripts of Records either in English, Spanish, or in Basque. For more information about the documents requested by the University, please visit this webpage.