Utrecht University

Neuropsychology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

Disorders can be caused by a wide range of aetiologies, such as an accident, a stroke, neural degeneration (Alzheimer’s, Wernicke-Korsakov syndrome), or developmental defects (dyslexia, ADHD, autism).

As a neuropsychologist, you will study psychological functions such as perception, memory, language, attention, emotion and motor skills.

This includes:

  • how the brain mediates these psychological functions;
  • the consequences of brain damage;
  • how to treat disorders.

Education driven by research and clinical experience

The lecturers at the Neuropsychology Master’s programme all work in clinical practice and/or conduct state-of-the-art cognitive research at Utrecht University. This integration of science and practice feeds the Master’s programme’s educational activities.

Work in multidisciplinary teams

In this Master’s programme, you will learn how to work together with other behavioural and medical professionals. Our lecturers often have different specialist backgrounds, and you will experience the same multidisciplinary atmosphere in your internship as well.

Limited admission

The Neuropsychology Master’s programme is limited to a maximum of 65 admissions for the academic year. This means that no more than 65 candidates will be permitted to participate.

Purpose of the programme

In the Neuropsychology Master’s programme, you will learn the knowledge and skills needed to assess and treat cognitive disorders resulting from brain dysfunction. You will develop into an academic professional, who can apply the latest scientific models of functions such as perception, memory and attention in clinical practice or to innovate assessment and treatment.

Depending on your previous education, after completing this Master’s programme, you can continue your studies and:

  • earn the Basic Psychodiagnostics Registration (BAPD) (in Dutch) from the NIP (Dutch Association of Psychologists Psychologists);
  • meet the entry requirements for the Health Care Psychologist training programme (in the Netherlands).

Careers

Potential careers include:

  • neuropsychologist in a clinical setting
  • researcher

Neuropsychologists work in a variety of institutions, including:

  • (psychiatric) hospitals
  • rehabilitation centres
  • nursing homes
  • pharmaceutical companies

Accreditation

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

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 
  • Academic Professional Neuropsychology
  • Internship: Neuropsychology
  • Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
  • Master's Thesis Neuropsychology
For more information, please check the programme website.

                        Detailed Programme Facts

                        • More details:

                          For non-EU applicants only: if you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for scholarships, you should submit your application before February 1.

                        • Programme intensity Full-time
                          • Full-time duration 12 months
                        • Credits
                          60 ECTS
                        • Languages
                          • English
                        • Delivery mode
                          On Campus
                        • More information Go to the programme website

                        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.

                          Book IELTS
                        • 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

                        You need the following GPA score:

                        Recommended score: 3.4

                        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                        Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.

                        In order to be accepted to this Master’s programme, you need these competencies:

                        • Psychological theories and clinical neuropsychology
                        • Neuropsychological diagnostics
                        • Methods and Statistics & Research
                        • Professional skills

                        You meet the requested competencies with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Neuropsychological orientation from a non-Dutch university that fulfils the above requirements in terms of level, orientation and scoped. This will be assessed by the Admissions Committee. See requested competencies for more information about your eligibility. Any other Bachelor’s degrees with similar orientations will be assessed by the Admissions Committee. 

                        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.

                        Tuition Fee

                        • International Applies to you

                          15575 EUR/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
                        • EU/EEA Applies to you

                          2060 EUR/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
                        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

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

                        Living costs for Utrecht

                        900 - 1450 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

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