Research Master in Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience: Cognitive Neuroscience

Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Program Description

Research Master in Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience: Cognitive 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 fivespecialisations. The fivespecialisations 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 Cognitiveand Clinical Neuroscience - Specialized in Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognitive Neuroscience aims at understanding the neural basis of human cognition, perception and behaviour using the most advanced non-invasive brain imaging techniques (including fMRI, fNIRS, TMS, EEG and MEG). In this specialisation students acquire a unique combination of in-depth methodological and theoretical knowledge to optimally use brain imaging techniques and unravel how the ‘working’ brain creates a conscious mind.

Students receive extensive hands-on training in all aspects of neuroimaging research, including experimental design, recording and manipulating brain activation and advanced data analysis. This methodological approach is combined with theoretical knowledge on human behaviour and cognition, including auditory and visual perception, sensation and action, attention, language, reading and dyslexia, consciousness and brain-computer interface.

Students will work within an international and multidisciplinary team that includes psychologists, biologists, physicians, engineers, physicists and computer scientists all member of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center. This center offers a unique research infrastructure with the newest ultra-high field imaging facilities.

Thanks to the exceptionally rich international network, students have ample opportunities for internships and jobs in cognitive neuroscience and related fields.

In sum, this specialization provides an optimal basis for a career in fundamental brain research (how does our brain work), the biomedical industry (what are the needs in developing new devices), as well as for using neuroimaging techniques in applied/clinical research settings.

Career Prospects

The purpose of the research master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience is to prepare students to pursue a PhD study. Graduates in the specialisations Psychopathology and Neuropsychology who complete a clinical minor may also qualify to pursue advanced clinical training. The programme also provides a solid background for careers in a variety of other settings, which may include the following:

•scientific research and policy functions in research institutes
•somatic and mental health treatment institutions
•forensic institutes
•centres for educational research and counselling
•insurance providers
•provincial and national government
•pharmaceutical, food, and medical technology industries

Admission Requirements

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Last updated July 27, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 1, 2016
2 years
Full time
1,951 EUR
Start date Sept. 1, 2016
Netherlands Maastricht
Application deadline Request Info
End date Aug. 31, 2018
Duration 2 years
Price 1,951 EUR
per year; €16000 for non-EU/EEA students

Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience: Cognitive Neuroscience