• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The aim is to give the students a strong background for understanding structure and function of the human brain, theoretical and practical knowledge on brain research methods and other neurotechnologies. The Life Science Technologies - Human Neuroscience and technology course is offered by Aalto University.


After completing their studies, the students have an excellent background for a career in science and for applying their expertise in more applied fields such as medical technology, health and wellbeing, and game industry.

Content and structure

Students are expected to have a Bachelor's degree in science, medicine or engineering and have sufficient background in physics and mathematics. Teachers are recognized scientists in their research fields studying sensory systems and cognitive functions and developing brain research technologies. Curriculum reflects the research interests of the teaching faculty.

This major provides the students with up-to-date information on brain structure and function at different levels of analysis. In modern neuroscience, command of advanced statistical and signal-analysis methods is mandatory; therefore, specific courses are included to cover this supporting field. The imaging courses of this major provide the students with an overview and hands-on practice of modern brain research methods.

Besides the regular lecture and course work, part of the studies will take place in small groups under the guidance of a senior scientist. In the same vein, there is a compulsory special assignment, which exposes the student to a real research question and integrates him/her to a research team to learn the practices of the field and to develop his/her skills in reporting research.

Recommendations for elective studies

Students are encouraged to take courses from other Majors of the Life Sciences Technologies programme, depending on own interests. Those who are especially interested in neurotechnologies, can extend their knowledge profile by taking courses from Biomedical Engineering major and  Biosensing and Bioelectronics major. Also internship is recommended in elective studies.

The Life Science Technologies - Human Neuroscience and technology course is offered by Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Experimental and Statistical Methods in Biological Sciences
  • Life Science Technologies Project Course
  • Structure and Operation of the Human Brain
  • Principles of Biomedical Imaging
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Advanced Course on Human Neuroscience
  • Functional Brain Imaging
  • Special Assignment in Human Neuroscience
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Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

In addition to the compulsory application documents, applicants to this programme are requested to provide the following additional documents:

  • Degree certificate and/or an official transcript of records for studies that are referred to in the application, but are not included in the Bachelor's degree transcript.
  • Course descriptions of the relevant courses taken (see major-specific requirements above)
  • At least one academic recommendation letter.
  • Copies of relevant certificates of other activities such as patents, publications, work certificates (optional).
  • GRE test results if taken (please include a paper copy of the result).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Tuition in bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English from August 2017 onwards are subjected to annual fees for non-EU/EEA citizens.

Living costs for Helsinki

910 - 1400 EUR/month
Living Costs

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