Master's program in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language - BCBL, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and 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 Masters 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 Masters program. 

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.





- Application sent by mail to by FEBRUARY 25.
- Notification of the Master’s admissions board’s decision: MARCH 25.
- Admitted students should confirm their intention to participate in the program by APRIL 15.
- Pre-enrollment must be submitted ONLINE along with the confirmation of participation.


- Application sent by mail to by APRIL 1, until JUNE 30. 
- Notification of the Master’s admissions board’s decision: Rolling admissions. Applications received by APRIL 15 will receive notification by MAY 15.
- Admitted students should confirm their intention to participate within two weeks of being accepted into the program.
- Pre-enrollment must be submitted ONLINE along with the confirmation of participation.

International candidates needing visas will find that applying in Round 2 makes the timing of their visa application stressful.

Please note that each “round” represents a distinct period in which you may apply, not a succession of steps for your application. You may apply in one round only, one time in an application year.



ROUND 1 & 2 (to be sent by mail to

1) Scanned ID (Spanish and European applicants) or Passport (international applicants) 
2) Degree certificate
3) Transcripts of records
4) Résumé
5) Letters of recommendation: a) Either letters from two different Professors, or b) 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 required 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.



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 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 Spanish or in Basque. For more information about the documents requested by the University, please visit this webpage

Competitive scholarships will be offered to the best applicants to cover tuition and living expenses.