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Neuroscience and Cognition

Utrecht University

Master Postgraduate Utrecht

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Mathematics, natural sciences and computer science
Course summary The master Neuroscience and Cognition gives you insight in the principles of the field normal and pathological brain function and delivers a new generation of multidisciplinary neuroscientists.
Course description The master in Neuroscience & Cognition covers the full width of research topics in the field and is taught by researchers based at Utrecht University or the University Medical Center Utrecht. A unique setting is created in Utrecht in which the participating research groups are organized in Neuroscience and Cognition Utrecht. The emphasis of the Utrecht master in Neuroscience & Cognition is on hands-on experience, although a selection of elective courses allows for a thorough theoretical basis. Over 200 principal investigators participate in the program and offer internships and supervision. The second internship is often taken outside Utrecht, usually within an international collaboration of one of the principal investigators, allowing easy access to top institutes all over the world. The principal researchers involved in the master program are experts in a large variety of advanced techniques. To advise and guide students there are two track coordinators. The wide range of options for internships, thesis topics and elective courses allows each student to design a personalized study path matching individual interests, abilities and ambition.
Study subjects The master Neuroscience and Cognition provides two tracks: the Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience (ECN) and the Cognitive Neuroscience (CN) tracks. Both tracks start with the Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognition course. The major difference between the tracks is the emphasis in the internships (ECN: the development, functioning, adaptation and pathogenesis of the nervous system; CN: the relationship between the central nervous system and cognitive domains).
Course objectives The master Neuroscience and Cognition gives you insight in the principles of the field normal and pathological brain function and delivers a new generation of multidisciplinary neuroscientists.
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 24 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, literature study, colloquium, oral presentation, internship, computer exercise, research, research project, excursion, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, group assignment, group discussion, poster presentation, individual assignment, practicum, self study, laboratory work, seminar
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About the institution

Department Faculty of Medicine
Information about the institution Commitment, inspiration, ambition and independence are Utrecht University's core values. The University fosters its academic community through investment in staff and students.


Admission requirements
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English B1
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C1
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS writing 6
TOEFL computer based 237
TOEFL internet based 93
TOEFL paper based 580
Professional experience required -
Duration 24 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 Apr 2020 1 Dec 2019
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2143€ 20473€ 13553

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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Contact information for the study programme

A. Postma

Coordinator Track 'Cognitive Neuroscience'

G.M.J. Ramakers

General Programme Coordinator

Pierre de Graan

Coordinator Track 'Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience'

Suzanne van Galen

Education assistant

Maureen Kleijwegt


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