mam - Master´s Degree Module (Complete module description)

mam - Master´s Degree Module (Complete module description)

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Module label Master´s Degree Module
Modulkürzel mam
Credit points 30.0 KP
Workload 900 h

attendance in the lab meetings: 28h (2 SWS); thesis work: 872 hours

Institute directory Department of Psychology
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Neurocognitive Psychology (Master) > Abschlussmodul
Zuständige Personen
  • Al-Zubaidi, Arkan (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Bleichner, Martin Georg (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Debener, Stefan (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Gießing, Carsten (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Rieger, Jochem (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Hellmann, Andreas (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Herrmann, Christoph Siegfried (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Hildebrandt, Andrea (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Boetzel, Cindy (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Hildebrandt, Helmut (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Kranczioch-Debener, Cornelia (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Rosemann, Stephanie (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Özyurt, Jale Nur (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Stecher, Heiko (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Strüber, Daniel (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Thiel, Christiane Margarete (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Puschmann, Sebastian (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Vogeti, Sreekari (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Jäger, Manuela (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Roheger, Mandy (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Daeglau, Mareike (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Kristanto, Daniel (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Jacobsen, Nadine (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Short, Cassie Ann (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Abdolalizadeh Saleh, Amirhussein (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Further responsible persons
thesis supervisors;
Upon approval by the examination committee other staff members (e.g. PhD students in the laboratories of the Department of Psychology) can act as examiners for mam.

Enrolment in Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology.
Completion of at least 60 credit points in other modules including module psy240 (psy241) (Computation in Neuroscience).
Assignment of a topic by thesis supervisor and official application with the examination office.

Skills to be acquired in this module
Goals of module:
Students will demonstrate that they are able to perform a psychological or neuroscientific experiment and/or analyze data originating from such experiments by means of methods according to contemporary scientific standards. Metaanalyses are accepted if they were conducted by means of up to date tools for data extraction and analyses, according to best practices outlined in relevant community guidelines, such as for example Cochrane. In addition, the students will demonstrate that they are acquainted with the necessary methods and can present their results orally and in written form.

++ experimental methods
+ statistics & scientific programming
+ data presentation & discussion
++ independent research
+ scientific literature
++ scientific English / writing
+ ethics / good scientific practice / professional behavior
+ critical & analytical thinking
+ scientific communication skills
+ knowledge transfer
++ project & time management
Module contents
Part 1: Master's thesis
The students work on a given topic in cognitive neuroscience using literature research and the
appropriate experimental methods.

Part 2: Master's colloquium
The preparation of the thesis is accompanied by regular participation in the lab meetings of the
groups in which the thesis is performed. Students present their study design at the beginning of
their thesis preparation and their results towards the end. In addition, they listen to the
presentations of the other lab members and students in the group.

Rules and guidelines for Master's theses are explained here:

Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency irregular
Module capacity unlimited
Reference text

If you want to do a Master's thesis outside the Department of Psychology, please follow the rules stated on the program website. 
We encourage students to use the LaTeX template provided on the course website. We usually offer a workshop on how to use LaTeX once a year.

Type of module Pflicht / Mandatory
Module level Abschlussmodul (Abschlussmodul / Conclude)
Teaching/Learning method individual thesis preparation with supervision
Previous knowledge contact your supervisor for details
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module

individual appointments

The written thesis will be evaluated by the daily supervisor and an additional reviewer (second supervisor) (90%).
The oral presentation and defence of the thesis results will be evaluated by both supervisors (10%).

Form of instruction Seminar und Projekt
Frequency SoSe und WiSe
Workload Präsenzzeit 28 h
Attendance as required for your project and 2 hours per week for participating in the lab meetings.