Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Brain and Data Science (NeuroData)
University of Jyväskylä
Jyväskylän yliopisto, Finland
EUR 9,000 / per year *
05 Feb 2024
Earliest start date
* non-EU students
A Meeting of Minds
Knowledge is power. Skill and expertise are essential. Change is inevitable.
NeuroData combines knowledge, skills, expertise, and the ability to drive change.
Join us on the journey to humanity’s final frontier – understanding the brain.
NeuroData Joint Master's Degree
In today’s modern world, everything is connected. The demand for combined brain and data expertise in neurotech, technological innovation, healthcare, education, and many other fields is rising fast.
Progress in neuroscience requires analysing vast amounts of data, a skill that would be invaluable to neuroscientists. Simultaneously, data scientists could benefit dramatically from specialised training in neuroscience to gain perspective that influences the quality and depth of their insights. Combining two such innovative fields of study will boost the careers of those who choose this path.
The NeuroData Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Brain and Data Science brings neuroscientists and data scientists together in an innovative, specialised programme that will cultivate a new generation of multidisciplinary researchers with in-depth knowledge in both fields, researchers who are highly skilled in investigating the most complex problems faced by the human race – the human mind and brain in health and disease. All students spend the first year at Bar-Ilan University (BIU) gaining a solid basis in neuroscience and neuroscience-orientated data science. The second-year of the programme takes place in one of the neuroscience and data science sub-tracks at one of the consortium’s partner institutions where the students also complete a research thesis.
The NeuroData Master is a collaboration between six leading universities in Israel and Europe: Bar-Ilan University in Israel, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, in Portugal, University of Jyväskylä in Finland, University of Padua (Padova) in Italy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and University of Zagreb in Croatia.
Graduates of this specialised joint master's degree programme will receive a double master’s degree from two of the partner universities, depending on the choice of study track.
Scholarships and Funding
NeuroData is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master (EMJM) co-funded by the European Union. This funding provides NeuroData with the capacity to award scholarships. NeuroData will have four editions (the first in 2023-2024 and the last in 2026-2027). The following rules apply to the award of scholarships:
- Grant of €1.400 per month for each scholarship holder. This scholarship will be transferred to the holder's account. It will be managed by them to support all travel and living expenses for the duration of each edition of NeuroData (2 Years = 24 months). This amount will also have to be used to support the costs for visas or any other permit that may be required for residence in the countries of the partner universities.
- NeuroData will award 15 scholarships in each edition, with the restriction that no more than 10% of the scholarships (throughout NeuroData's tenure) will be awarded to students from the same nationality.
- Students who have previously obtained an EMJM scholarship are not eligible to apply for an additional scholarship under the EMJM.
Students who will be granted a scholarship will have the following costs covered:
- Health and accident insurance during the whole academic period.
- The registration of the student as a regular student of the partner universities.
- Tuition fees.
- Language courses at each university.
- Access to library and laboratories.
- Student management, services and activities; support in visa application procedures and other local administrative amenities.
- Initial Welcome Week for all NeuroData students.
- Registration and participation in the events organized under the scope of NeuroData.
- All other academic and administrative fees (e.g., Final Diploma, Diploma Supplement).
NeuroData: An Explanation
In modern science, breakthroughs often occur at the intersection of multiple disciplines. NeuroData, a pioneering, innovative MSc in Brain and Data Science, will create impact through multidisciplinary research and educational innovation.
This holistic approach to students’ training will enable them to forge new mindsets and approaches while increasing individual contributions to a knowledge-based economy and society. The possibilities for ground-breaking, cutting-edge discoveries are enormous.
The integrated multidisciplinary brain and data science curriculum will cultivate researchers with in-depth knowledge in both fields.
The first year of the programme is spent at Bar-Ilan University. All students from multidisciplinary backgrounds will receive essential training in neuroscience and data science tailored according to their undergraduate studies and designed to bring all students to the same level in both subjects. During this year, students will be integrated into the vibrant teaching and research environment of the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center. The first year in Israel is mandatory for all students.
This will be followed by two compulsory weeks at the University of Zagreb for a tailor-made summer school programme for the NeuroData degree. The aim of the summer school is to expose students to advanced neuroscience and data science topics, enable them to present their progress and finalise a thesis mentor, meet professors and mentors from the partner universities, and to have fun and socialise.
Students will spend the second year at one of the four partner institutions studying their sub-specialty of choice and working on a research thesis.
Study Tracks – Second-Year
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal
This track focuses on neuroscience's biomedical and data science engineering aspects and biomedical and data science engineering applications for brain research and technologies.
Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology with Data Processing
University of Padua, Italy
This track is designed for students with a BA in Psychology, specialising in cognitive neuroscience and data science. The curriculum focuses on basic and clinical aspects of cognitive neurosciences and data science applications in this field.
Systems Neuroscience and Data Processing
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This track will concentrate on systems neuroscience and data processing and provide knowledge on this field's clinical and translational applications.
Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging with Data Processing
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
This track specialises in neuroimaging and data processing. The curriculum provides advanced knowledge in cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging techniques, and data science-orientated data analysis and visualisation in this field.
Mobility rules for Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders.
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship holders students must perform at least two mobilities in two different countries not being the country of residence at the time of enrolment.
In the NeuroData programme this implies for most students: 1st year at Bar-Ilan University; 2nd year can be spent at the University of Lisbon or at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, or the University of Jyväskylä or at the University of Padua.
If you are a scholarship holder residing in one of the consortium countries at the time of enrolment, you must choose a specific study track in order to be eligible for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship. Below are some examples:
Student currently residing in Italy: 1st year at Bar-Ilan University; 2nd year can be spent at the University of Lisbon or at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam or at the University of Jyväskylä (the University of Padua cannot be chosen)
Student currently residing in Portugal: 1st year at Bar-Ilan University; 2nd year can be spent at the University of Padua or at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam or at the University of Jyväskylä (the University of Lisbon cannot be chosen)
Student currently residing in the Netherlands: 1st year at Bar-Ilan University; 2nd year can be spent at the University of Padua or at the University of Lisbon or at the University of Jyväskylä (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam cannot be chosen).
Students currently residing in Israel should contact the coordinating office to inquire about mobility options.