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Elective courses at SDC Neuroscience & Neuroimaging

The three Elective courses at SDC Neuroscience & Neuroimaging are now open for PhD-students.

The courses run June 5-21, exams June 26-28, 2023.
Application deadline April 20, 2023.
Please send your application to Vibeke Panyella: vibekepanyella@cfin.au.dk

Students must fulfill the prerequisites listed in the course description. There are a limited number of spots; these will be divided equally between Chinese and Danish applicants.

The courses will run as Hybrids, with the option of following classes at Yanqihu campus in China or via Zoom. SDC will assist in the visa application process for participants traveling to China.

All courses are taught in English.

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Advanced Magnetic Resonance Neuroimaging (5 ECTS)


The course aims at to give a comprehensive understanding of one of the most important imaging modalities for neuroscience, MRI. The emphasis will be on physical aspects including the relationship between design of key hardware components, signal processing and the quality of the final image data acquired. The course will provide the necessary skills for using spectroscopy, structural and functional MRI in neuroscience.


Basic knowledge of calculus, physics, signal processing, programming and MRI. A basic understanding of medical imaging techniques. English language proficiency.

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Advanced Neuroscience (5 ECTS)


The objective of this course is to provide the student with a broad knowledge of current approaches for the study of neural function and behavior.

The student should get an understanding of information processing in synapses, neurons and microcircuits; understand the experimental approaches used in analyzing the neurophysiological basis of behavior in intact animals, and understand the use of animal models in the study of neurological disease. The course includes a wide variety of animal model systems used in neuroscience research, and techniques for genetic manipulation in both invertebrate (e.g. C. elegans, Drosophila) and vertebrate models. The students should be able to critically read and present the current literature, and discuss the function and structure of neuronal circuits in relation to animal behavior. This course provides an up-to-date knowledge of the neural basis for indirect measurements of global brain function such as PET and fMRI. As such, it provides insights useful when designing and interpreting experiments in human brain scanning studies. The course provides examples of genetics, signal processing, neural modelling and physiology used in the study of neural function in health and disease.


Knowledge and understanding of basic neurobiology, physics, mathematics and signal processing, and electrophysiological and optical imaging methods, commensurate with a level at or above that which is the objective of the basic 1st. and 2nd.semester courses in neuroscience and neuroimaging. English language proficiency.

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Cognitive Science (5 ECTS)


The students will be introduced to cognitive science emphasising the functional aspects of the human brain that govern everyday behaviour, such as; attention, memory, problem solving, etc. The course is based on a number of lectures in combination with student participation in workshops and exercises. Here the students will conduct small behavioural experiments, typical relating to some of the classical studies in cognitive science (e.g. visual search (Treisman & Gelade, 1980), the serial positioning curve (Glazer and Cunitz, 1966) in free recall, etc.). The overall goal is to give the course participants a thorough introduction to cognitive science and behavioural methods.


An understanding of the content covered in the courses BNS and NNPN. A basic knowledge of the major imaging techniques (structural and functional MRI, diffusion sensitive MRI, PET, EEG, MEG). English language proficiency.

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