Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science BECS

Programme description

The emphasis of the curriculum is highly experimental. Although regular lecture and course work is also required, much of the studies will take place in small groups under the guidance of a senior scientist. Students will be learning in the laboratories of Aalto School of Science, where the high class research is being conducted.

The programme is liberal arts spirited in a sense that it imparts general knowledge and develops the student's rational thought and intellectual capabilities, unlike the professional, vocational and technical curricula that emphasize early specialization. Scientific writing and presentation skills receive special emphasis in the programme and student gain plenty of opportunity to communicate the results of their exercises and course work.

The Master's degree programme in Brain and Mind comprises 120 ECTS credits. Students entering the programme are expected to have a Bachelor's degree in science or engineering and they must have a strong background in mathematics and physics. They are expected to be highly motivated and ready to work according to a demanding schedule.

The curriculum is a carefully tailored combination of modern systems-level research methodology of the brain, mind, and human cognition, signal and computational analysis and modelling methods.

The programme consists of six study modules comprising (1) advanced module in social and affective cognitive neuroscience, (2) advanded module in neuroscience, (3) advanced module in advanced computational analysis and modelling, (4) methodological principles, (5) elective studies and (6) Master's thesis. For more information see the programme page at the Aalto University's study portal Into.


ECTS refers to the European Credit Transfer System that the The European Commission has developed to help students to make the most from their studies abroad. The system is used as a measuring standard in comparing learning achievements and in transferring them from one institution to another. The work load of one full academic year, in terms of time that is used, corresponds to 60 credits.