MSc in Brain and Data Science at the University of Padova

The Joint MSc in Brain and Data Science is a unique new international Master's degree in collaboration between the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center and the University of Padova (Italy)


The program combines neuroscience and data science. The study topics include advanced courses in these fields at Bar-Ilan University and the University of Padova. At Bar-Ilan, the emphasis will be on brain research and data science, and at Padova, topics will focus on cognitive neuroscience.


Students enrolled in the Joint MSc in Brain and Data Science at either university may participate in the program. Students spend the first year at their home university completing mandatory courses. Then, students transfer to the partner university for the second year, working in research and attending elective courses.

The program is taught in English,  graduates receive a degree certificate from both institutions.

Program Structure for Students from Bar-Ilan University :

First year curriculum at Bar-Ilan University:

Mandatory courses:

Neuronal Networks and Deep Learning

Signal and Data analysis 

Data Science seminar

Data Science Applications in Neuroscience

Biological module (pick one):

Neurobiology - Advanced topics in Systems’ Neurophysiology (for students with no background in brain sciences)

Advanced Neurophysiology

Synaptic Neurochemistry

Cognitive module (pick one):

Brain Imaging of Language Functions

Brain and Cognition Research in the 21 Century

Participation in Brain Science department seminar is mandatory (no credit points)


Second year curriculum at the University of Padova:

Work on research thesis

Elective courses 


Program Structure for Students from University of Padova:

First year at Padova University:

Mandatory courses in cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology at University of Padova


Second year at Bar-Ilan University:

Work on research thesis

Elective courses - students pick from the program curriculum