Res. Master in Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience: Fundamental Neuroscience

Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Program Description

Res. Master in Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience: Fundamental Neuroscience

Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Research Master (MSc) in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience

The research master’s (Master of Science) programme in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience is a two-year programme that offers five specialisations. The five specialisations are: Cognitive Neuroscience, Fundamental Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Psychopathology and Neuroeconomics. This interfacultary programme (Psychology; Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Business and Economics) is designed for excellent students who want to continue their studies at a graduate school that prepares them for a career in the field of research. The programme is internationally oriented and all courses are given in English.

Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience - Specialized in Fundamental Neuroscience

The specialisation in Fundamental Neuroscience (FN) provides students with both the theoretical background and practical experience of researchers at the interface between neuroscience and psychology. The other specialisations within the research master offer a formal education in brain imaging at a macro level (observing brain activity), as well as neuropsychology (brain-behaviour relationships) and psychopathology (mental health). Fundamental Neuroscience adds the cellular micro level (investigations into single brain cells) and offers interdisciplinary cross-integration in a neuroscience context. The focus is on acquiring the molecular biological (e.g., proteomics, genomics), neuroanatomical (e.g., immunocytochemistry), electrophysiological (e.g., EEG, ERP), and behavioural techniques (e.g., rodent and human tests) necessary for preclinical basic research.

Research Topics

The specialisation provides an in-depth study into state-of-the-art knowledge of physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms underlying psychological, psychiatric and neurological disorders (e.g. affective disorders, cognitive disorders, motor disorders). Within this context, the role of the emerging field of neuroinflammation and pain is also studied. Main research topics include cell signalling, brain plasticity, neurodegeneration, regeneration, genetics and epigenetics in a translational, that is both animal and human, setting.


Teaching is presented by a multidisciplinary team from the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN) and, in particular, the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNS) of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML). The staff consists of professionals from relevant disciplines and includes biological psychologists, molecular biologists, neuropsychologists, neurobiologists, neuroanatomists, psychopharmacologists, immunologists and psychiatrists.

The specialisation Fundamental Neuroscience trains researchers to be equipped for investigations into the underlying fundamental molecular mechanisms of psychological and psychiatric disorders in academic as well as industrial settings.


The Fundamental Neuroscience curriculum consists of specific core courses. Of note, specific workshops within Fundamental Neuroscience and most of its staff members are part of the European Graduate School of Neuroscience (EURON), which is normally open for PhD students only.

Core Courses:

Year 1

•Introduction to Molecular and Biochemical techniques
•Introduction to Psychology
•Biopsychological Neuroscience
•Neuroplasticity and Pain
•Neurological Neuroscience
•Neuroimmunology and Inflammation
•Psychiatric Neuroscience
•Electrophysiology: From Single Cell Activity to ‘Cognitive’ Markers
•Advanced Statistics I
•Advanced Statistics II

Year 2

Animal Laboratory Sciences
•Research Grant Writing
•Research internship and master’s thesis

Admission Requirements


Fundamental Neuroscience
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 3, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 1, 2017
2 years
Full time
1,984 EUR
Mar. 31, 2017
Start date Sept. 1, 2017
Netherlands Maastricht
Application deadline Mar. 31, 2017
End date Aug. 31, 2019
Duration 2 years
Price 1,984 EUR
per year; €16000 for non-EU/EEA students

Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience: Fundamental Neuroscience