M.Sc. Mind, Brain and Wellbeing

University of Skövde

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 14,070 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Do you want to dig deeper into issues concerning the relationship between brain functions, our behaviour, our well-being and our subjective experience? This masters programme allows you to study these issues thoroughly.

What will you study?
The program aims to lead to thorough knowledge of the theoretical principles and the main empirical methods and findings of the three related fields: cognitive neuroscience, consciousness studies and the scientific study of subjective well-being. Together, these fields will provide students with the present leading scientific understanding of the relationships between consciousness, well-being and the brain. More specifically, in one part of the program, brain plasticity is explored more closely through studies of the research field based on what various scholars have contributed to the knowledge path. Another part takes up various methods in cognitive neuroscience and students receives a closer look at a number of established brain imaging techniques such as EEG, PET and fMRI etc.


The program includes 60 credits for a period of one year (two semesters). In the first semester, three required courses are given and one elective course should be included on the basis of individual choice. The three required courses can be found below and information about the elective courses may be presented upon request to the program responsible. The second semester consists of a thesis where each student independently identifies and addresses a problem of research and developmental nature in cognitive neuroscience.

All courses in the first year includes moments where you as a student can further develop and deepen your ability to use a scientific approach, which involves independent critical thinking and evaluation of available knowledge. Scientific method and communication (oral and written) are also included in all program courses.Teaching is by lectures, seminars and practical exercises, all in English. Examinations are performed in various forms such as written exam, seminars, oral presentations, written assignments and participation in practical sessions, which are all conducted in English. The program ends with a thesis.

Several of the teachers at the program conducts their own research in addition to teaching. Some of the teachers also collaborates in various research projects. Follow the link below to get to the teachers' own research pages and take note of their publications and other research-related information.


The basic requirement for the University of Skövde is a full and completed Bachelor degree (for second cycle programmes and courses), or a completed upper secondary degree (for first cycle courses) which is equivalent of a swedish degree and fulfills the entry requirements to universities in the issuing country.

English requirements for international Masters programmes.
All teaching (including the dissertation) in international master programmes is done in English. A prerequisite for entering an international master programme is English knowledge equivalent to Swedish Upper-Secondary level English course B.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

* overall academic score of at least 6.5 and no less than 5.5 in any other section

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

* Paper-based 575
* Internet overall score of at least 90
* and Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5 20

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


Scholarship for international Master's students liable for tuition fees

The University of Skövde offers scholarships to students attending a Master's programme at our university. The scholarships are tuition fee waivers of SEK 60 000 / year (50% of the tuition fee ), and the amount will be deducted from the tuition fee when you receive the invoice. The criteria is academic merits. The scholarship can only be awarded to students from countries outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA). Please note that you have to be able to finance the rest of the tuition fee yourself and to cover all the living expenses during your stay in Sweden.

If you want to apply for a scholarship at the University of Skövde please send an e-mail to scholarship@his.se. Your application should contain the following: Your name (as stated on Your application number (from ). Which programme(s) at the University of Skövde you have applied for. A short motivation of maximum 200 words why you think that you qualify for and should be awarded with the scholarship.

Students from the following countries are referred to the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship. instead:

Category 1: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Category 2: Candidates with citizenship from countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients, with the following exceptions: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Please note: students from Category 1 can only apply for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, while students from Category 2 can apply to both the scholarship from the University of Skövde and the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship.

Scholarships for Exchange students

If you are an exchange student please contact your home university for information about which scholarships they provide. The University of Skövde is part of the Erasmus programme, which means that if the university has a bilateral Erasmus agreement with your home institution you might be able to study here with an Erasmus grant.

Scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute offers a range of scholarships for students coming to study in Sweden. For more information about SI's scholarships, please contact the Swedish Institute.

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