Utrecht University

Neuroscience and Cognition, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    18690 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
Are you interested in doing research engaged with understanding normal and pathological brain function? The interdisciplinary Masters programme Neuroscience and Cognition at Utrecht University offers you the opportunity to investigate numerous areas of brain functioning that make the neuroscience and cognition field uniquely intriguing and challenging.

About

The right choice for you?

This Research Master in Neuroscience and Cognition offered by Utrecht University trains you to become a neuro, and/or cognition scientist, fully equipped to face the challenges of modern research in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience and cognition. With ample knowledge of the scope of brain and cognitive functioning, you will be prepared to join an international research team investigating the most complex organ of our body. Does this appeal to you? Then it’s the right choice for you.

What you’ll learn?

During this two-year Research Master’s programme, you will explore the fundamental principles and techniques of neuroscience and cognition. As a Master’s student of Neuroscience and Cognition, you may choose from one of two programme tracks: Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience. During the courses, you are grouped in multidisciplinary teams, together with students from various bachelor backgrounds such as Biomedical Sciences, Neuro- and Cognitive Psychology, Linguistics, or Artifical Intelligence. This provides you with ideal preparation for future research positions in public and private research institutes. After the 10-week introductory course Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognition, you will determine an individualised study path, consisting of high quality internships, electives and a writing assignment with the assistance of the track coordinator.

Why study Neuroscience and Cognition at Utrecht University?

  • Unique combination of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation and basic neuroscience
  • Excellent infrastructural environment with the latest developments in human and rodent functional neuroimaging, deep-sequencing of human genetic material and state-of-the-art techniques in basic neuroscience.
  • Over 200 principal investigators participate and offer research projects and supervision.
  • Two extensive research projects provide the possibility to learn and train several techniques and topics, and offers the best route to become a successful PhD student.

Career in neuroscience & cognition

A Master’s degree in Neuroscience and Cognition at Utrecht University offers you multiple career prospects. As a graduate you can continue on to universities and research institutes, teaching hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry. Or maybe policy and management position in the science, industry, or healthcare sectors is a better prospect for you.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

Programme Structure

Track: cognitive neuroscience

  • Fundamentals of neuroscience and cognition
  • Social and affective neuroscience
  • Neurocognition of memory and attention

Track: experimental and clinical neuroscience

  • Fundamentals of neuroscience and cognition
  • Communication in neuroscience
  • Ethology and welfare
  • Bioinformatics in neuroscience: a web-based approach

General elective courses

  • Introducing life sciences
  • Life sciences seminar
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in life sciences & health seminar
  • Communicating life sciences
  • Academic writing
  • History of medicine and the biomedic
  • Career orientation & professionalisation
  • Science and society
  • English for academic purposes
  • Laboratory animal sciences
  • Radiation safety
  • Basics of biostatistics

Audience

This Masters programme is looking for excellent and motivated candidates, eager to become a specialist in the field of neurosciences, investigating numerous areas of brain functioning. You must hold a BSc in Biology, Physics, Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Pharmacology, Linguistics, Biomedical Science, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, sometimes even Astronomy or Mathematics, or equivalent.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    93

    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

  • A Bachelors degree in Biology, Physics, Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Veterinary sciences, Pharmaceutical sciences, and can demonstrate:
  • In depth knowledge and insight in the field of neuroscience and/or cognition.
  • Basic knowledge of biostatistics.
  • Mastery of methods and techniques in the above mentioned areas.
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

  • Further accepted proof of your proficiency in English: CPE- at least Grade C

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      18690 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 18690 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA

      2060 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

    For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

    Living costs for Utrecht

    900 - 1,450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

    • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
    • Holland Scholarships
    • Orange Tulip Scholarships
    • Canadian student loans
    • Fulbright / NAF
    • US Federal Loans
    • Erasmus+ Master loans

    StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.