Master Programme

Institute of Science and Environment

2 Years (Evening)EnglishNAPE Campus

This internationally accredited Europe-Asia programme offers a multidisciplinary approach where students learn about modern concepts and theories and are trained in advanced methods in the emerging field of neuroscience and behaviour.

The Master of Neuroscience and Behaviour is an internationally accredited programme jointly offered by the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in Macao and Instituto Universitário de Ciências Psicológicas, Sociais e da Vida (ISPA-IU), in Portugal. The first year of studies takes place in Macao and in the second year students will take two advanced modules in Portugal and develop their dissertation either in Portugal or in Macao. Upon its successful conclusion, students will be awarded with a joint diploma issued by the two institutions. The team of lecturers is multidisciplinary and will provide a broad formation in the emerging field of Neuroscience and Behaviour. The programme includes modules on the fundamentals of neuroscience (Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; Functional and Comparative Neuroanatomy; Social Neuroscience; Cognitive Neuroscience), on neuroscience methods (Research Methods in Neuroscience and Behaviour), and on the clinical and transdisciplinary applications of neuroscience (Clinical Neuroscience; Neuroeconomics; Neuroscience Applied to Education; Advanced Seminars in Human Neuroscience; Advanced Seminars in Comparative Neuroscience). During the second year, students will develop a dissertation, focused on a specific topic on fundamental or applied neuroscience. Overall, this innovative programme aims to provide students with solid training in a dynamic research field that has extensive applications through a rich, multidisciplinary, and international experience.

The programme coordinator are David Gonçalves from USJ and Rui Oliveira from ISPA- IU.

During the two years of evening course work, Master of Neuroscience and Behaviour students hold full-time student status.

Student Experience

  • Students obtain a solid formation in theories and concepts in neuroscience and behaviour;
  • Students gain hands-on experience in advanced methods for the study of the nervous system and behaviour;
  • Students learn about the clinical and transdisciplinary applications of neuroscience;
  • Students have a multidisciplinary and international experience and will be awarded with a Europe-Macao joint diploma.

Career Opportunities

  • Health sector
  • Biomedical industry
  • Research and academia
  • Marketing and data science
  • Education

Typical Applicants

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in Health Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Management, Business, Education and other fields; 
  • Professionals from any sector that would like to specialize in neuroscience and behaviour.

Admissions Information >

Study plan & description of modules

For the programme’s government approval [in Chinese and Portuguese] click here.

Please click on any specific module below to see its description.


Year 1
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
Year 2
10.00 credits