The brain is an immensely powerful and intricate processing device dedicated to the selection, perception, transformation and storage of the indispensable information we use to interact with our ever-changing, dynamic environment. The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a broad selection of tracks that investigate all aspects of the field, from the molecule to the mind. The programme is unique in its interdisciplinary perspective that incorporates the fields of neuroscience, neurology, psychology, behavioural economics, linguistics, logic, computation and philosophy.
Studying Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam
Students benefit from the wide-ranging, leading expertise available at the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center (ABC), the different research labs at the UvA and from the opportunity to participate in research projects led by internationally renowned ABC researchers. The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences forms a challenging, interdisciplinary and international arena in which highly motivated researchers and students endeavour to understand the brain, its development and its disorders.
The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences is offered by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS), in close collaboration with the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center (ABC).
Accreditation and degree
The Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences has been legally accredited as a research master by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). The accreditation has recently been reaffirmed by the NVAO with a highly positive report until May 2017
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) awarded the programme with an excellent qualification on the achieved learning outcomes.
The Master's programme aims to train students to become experts in their specific subfield of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences but with a clear understanding and appreciation of the contribution made by the other subfields. All students complete a core curriculum next to their chosen track within the Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. The core curriculum of this programme integrates various perspectives from within the discipline and includes a weekly journal club and an annual summer school, both of which focus on cutting-edge topics in an intensively interdisciplinary setting.
Disciplinairy quality and interdisciplinairy insights
The goal is to provide a programme that is equal in disciplinary quality to monodisciplinary programmes but in addition trains you to be aware of and understand the separate contributions and research methods of the large number of disciplines that contribute to the field of cognition and thus not suffer the inadequacies of monodisciplines. This enables you to reflect on, interpret and answer complex questions arising in science nowadays and that arise in our modern society. Interdisciplinary thinking can not be learned from a book, but is a skill which develops from the learning process of combining insights of more than one discipline that can lead to new insights.
The Cognitive Science track is characterized by its strong interdisciplinary focus on cognition and by its emphasis on a broad overview of mind and brain theories and knowledge. Modern cognitive science investigates, with a wide variety of methods, how the human mind deals with acquiring, storing, using, and expressing knowledge of the world that surrounds us, and how these faculties are mediated by the brain.
The cognitive science track offers a thorough introduction to this field, with courses and research internships on language and music, learning and memory, thinking and problem-solving, knowledge representation and decision making. In the programme, you learn about a variety of methods, ranging from brain scanning to philosophical inquiry, and from behavioral experiments to computational modelling. The programme offers much freedom to focus on particular methods and topics, including optional study paths on computational modelling, decision making, language cognition and music cognition.
- 2 EC, Milestones, Promises and Pitfalls
- 5 EC, Foundations of Cognitive Science
- 5 EC, Higher Cognitive Functions
- 6 EC, Specialization course
- 6 EC, Special Topic in Cognitive Science
- 4 EC, Summer School
- 26-32 EC Research Project 1
- 6 Elective
- 6-12 EC Electives
- 36-42 EC, Research Project 2
- 12 EC, Literature Thesis
Next to the track specific courses, the track Cognitive Neuroscience offers four specialised courses of which the students need to at least one, depending on their interest, as an obligatory module in their master programme.
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Last updated April 19, 2016