Utrecht University

Neuroscience and Cognition, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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Are you interested in doing research engaged with understanding normal and pathological brain function? Do you want to become a specialist in the field of neurosciences? The interdisciplinary Master’s 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.


The right choice for you?

This Research Master in Utrecht 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.


  • Accredited by the NVAO

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


This Master’s 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:

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    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 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 Bachelor’s 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.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

    Tuition Fee Per Year

    • EUR 18201 International
    • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


    Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

    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.