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Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Brain & Cognitive Sciences

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Department Head: James DiCarlo
Associate Department Head of Education: Michale Fee

Brain & Cognitive Sciences

The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences offers an interdisciplinary graduate program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The aim of the doctoral program is to prepare a select group of scientists for research careers in the brain and cognitive sciences. Graduates are expected to be competent experimenters and to be able to interpret their work to others, to write well, and to teach effectively. Advanced training of this sort demands much time devoted to basic research. Course requirements are therefore limited to seven subjects generally taken in the first two years. The remaining time is devoted primarily to laboratory work, although students are encouraged to take advanced seminars throughout their stay. Students begin the program essentially as research apprentices and assistants; as time goes on, the program revolves increasingly around the student's own investigations, leading to an eventual choice of thesis. The basic graduate program is designed to be completed in four to five years. Students may specialize in molecular and cellular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, cognitive science, computation, or (for students whose research interests encompass more than one discipline) in cognitive neuroscience.

Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences-Graduate Program

MIT Course Bulletin-Brain & Cognitive Sciences Program