Cognitive Neuroscience, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    17500 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    1984 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #103 (WUR) ,
In this specialisation you acquire a unique combination of in-depth knowledge on human brain function, perception and cognition, paralleled with an extensive and hands-on training for using the most advanced non-invasive brain imaging (including fMRI, fNIRS, EEG, MEG) and brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS) techniques. The obtained knowledge and skills provide an excellent background to flexibly apply these techniques in fundamental as well as applied and clinical research settings.


Programme outline

This teaching programme covers relevant topics of Cognitive Neuroscience and reflects the research expertise of the ‘Cognitive Neuroscience’ group at the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center (M-BIC). By addressing key issues in perceptual and cognitive brain research, you will build a detailed understanding of how the ‘working’ brain perceives, feels, moves, learns and creates a conscious mind.

Specific course topics include auditory and visual perception, attention, language, sensorimotor functions, learning and memory as well as brain connectivity and connectomics and neuroimaging in disorders of consciousness. Moreover, you learn to translate this knowledge in empirical research by extensive hands-on training in all aspects of the experimental cycle, including experimental design, recording and manipulating brain activation, and advanced data analysis.


You work with the international and multidisciplinary M-BIC team, including psychologists, biologists, physicians, engineers, physicists, and computer scientists. The M-BIC offers a unique research infrastructure with (ultra) high field imaging facilities (3T, 7T) and one of only five 9.4T systems worldwide, as well as fully equipped EEG, fNIRS and TMS/tDCS laboratories. Research is organized around perceptual, cognitive and methodological themes as described on the M-BIC website.

Examples of applied/clinical research projects include fMRI-based neurofeedback therapy (e.g. depression, spider phobia), brain-based communication in locked-in patients, TMS/tDCS-guided brain recovery after stroke or brain injury, brain-based assessment of dyslexia intervention, tinnitus remediation and hearing-aid applications.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Auditory and Higher Order Language Processing
  • Perception and Attention
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Neuroimaging: Functional MRI
  • The Cognitive Neuroscience of Sensory and Motor Systems
  • Magnetic Brain Stimulation
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Methods of Deactivation
  • Advanced
  • Neuroanatomy and Neuroradiology
  • Diffusion Weighted Imaging and Fibre Tracking
  • Real-Time fMRI and Neurofeedback
  • Translational Neuroscience and beyond

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Excellent graduates from a university bachelor’s programme are admissible to the Research master’s programme Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. Each year, the programme will admit a maximum of 20-25 students to each of the six specialisations.

The Board of Admissions has not set a minimum GPA as an admission requirement. Although your academic record is an important indicator of your suitability for this programme, the Board of Admissions will base its decision on your total application.

All candidates should meet the general requirements:

  • bachelor's degree
  • submit your curriculum vitae,
  • write a letter of motivation,
  • ask for two references,
  • demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1984 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1984 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Maastricht

700 - 1,170 EUR/month
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