Our teaching activities cover all levels of University teaching, ranging from Bachelor to postgraduate studies.

We give lectures on neuroscientific topics, methodological courses, contribute to practicum courses, as well as supervise Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD Theses. Teaching is strongly integrated with our research. Therefore, for example, the data acquired in the Master's thesis projects are usually also published in international peer-reviewed journals with the student as one of the authors. We have many ongoing projects, from which you might find a topic for your thesis—the potential supervisor you can find from our personnel page. CBRU is a multidisciplinary organization as our students and teachers come from various backgrounds. Our teaching is mainly arranged through the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Educational Sciences.

Thesis supervision

The doctoral theses are based on publications in international journals with referee practice. The theses have typically received a high grade from the reviewers. Several doctoral and Master's theses have won prizes for their high quality.

During the Master's thesis project, the student will learn scientific thinking, theory, skills for data acquisition, analysis, and statistics, as well as scientific writing skills. Almost all Master's projects so far have resulted in an international publication where the student is one of the authors. We think this is a fair and motivating deal both for the student and the supervisor. This also provides an opportunity to include the publication in the PhD thesis if the student wishes to continue to postgraduate studies, giving the studies a jump start. The high quality of the Master's theses supervised at CBRU is reflected in the high grades as well as in the awards granted to these theses. If you are interested in preparing your Master's thesis at CBRU, please, check our research topics and be in touch with us!


CBRU also organizes courses, and the researchers supervise the laboratory practice, teach in the "EEG praktikum" course, give visiting lectures, organize book examinations, and supervise candidate's theses. Courses such as Neuroscience of music, Integrative Neuroscience, Hands-on course on MEG, and Hands-on course on TMS have been organized. CBRU has also been the coordinating unit of the international Master's program Tempus. Erasmus students also visit us regularly. Many Cognitive Brain Research Unit researchers contribute to the neuroscience modules in Changing Education Master's Programme, which is an English-language 2-year full-time master's degree programme at Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki.

All teaching is tightly integrated with research. In the MEG hands-on course, for instance, each postgraduate student takes part in the data recording and analysis under expert supervision. The data collected in this course is utilized for a publication in an international refereed journal, in which the students are co-authors. Thus, the teaching and research form a symbiotic interplay, which is motivating for both the student and the supervisor as well as a guarantee of high quality.