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Neuroscience is a sub-field of biology that specialises in the study of the nervous system structure, evolution and function. Neural science is constantly developing, but it can be divided into the branches of cognitive, clinical, computational and developmental neuroscience. Being an interdisciplinary science, it is closely related to other disciplines such as medicine, chemistry, physics, linguistics, computer science, engineering, and philosophy.

Neuroscientists focus on studying the cellular and operational levels of the nervous system, and on how these affect behavioural patterns. They also conduct laboratory experiments and theoretical research using specialised tools, techniques and computer simulations.

Most universities offer an interdisciplinary foundation compiling basic knowledge in natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, psychology and others. With this fundamental understanding, students will be equipped to investigate the nervous system with its microscopic structure and biologic processes, leading to the design of artificial intelligence systems. Specialisations in neuroscience include: affective neuroscience, cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, molecular neuroscience, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, neuro-linguistics, social neuroscience, etc.

Graduates can work in the pharmaceutical industry, health agencies, companies that deal with information and communication science, management structures in public health. Traditional neuroscience careers include neurologist, neuroanatomist, neurological surgeon, neuro-pharmacologist, psychiatrist or electro-neuro-diagnostic technician.

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Suggested Masters in Neuroscience

M.Sc. Cognitive Neuroscience

The Research Master’s programme in Cognitive Neuroscience studies the cognitive and neural basis of mental processes such as perception, action, language, attention and memory. This relatively young discipline seeks to unravel the workings of the human brain. The Master’s programme offers four specialisations: Language and Communication; Perception, Action and Control; Plasticity and Memory or Brain Network and Neuronal Communication. These specialisations coincide with the themes of the Donders Institute. All the lecturers of the programme are also researchers at the Donders Institute.

Netherlands
M.Sc. Artificial Intelligence

The Master’s programme in Artificial Intelligence teaches you how to understand naturally intelligent systems, build artificially intelligent systems, and improve the interactions between humans and artificial systems. You’ll gain skills and knowledge from a number of different areas such as mathematics, computer science, psychology and neuroscience combined with a core foundation of artificial intelligence. You will learn how to better understand the human's brain and cognition.There are three specialisations: Computation in Neural and Artificial Systems, Robot Cognition or Web and Language Interaction. We also offer two double degree programmes together with Neuroscience and Data Science.

Netherlands
M.Sc. Life Science Technologies - Complex Systems

The aim is to give the students a strong computational and theoretical background for understanding complex systems, from the human brain to a diversity of biological and social systems. The Life Science Technologies - Complex Systems course is offered by Aalto University.

Finland
M.Sc. Cognitive Neuropsychology

The Master’s in Cognitive Neuropsychology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a two-year research Master’s programme, combining in-depth courses about cognitive function in the general and clinical populations with broad-based general and neuroscientific research skills.

Netherlands