MSc in Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (research)

University of Groningen

Program Description

MSc in Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (research)

University of Groningen

University of Groningen

Are you interested in the basis of consciousness, the mechanisms of learning or the genetics of behaviour? In this programme, you study the brain, cognition and behaviour from different perspectives.

The main focus of this Research Master is to train students to become independent researchers. For this purpose, a large proportion of the programme is devoted to two research projects in which the students are embedded in successful research groups to conduct their own research.

The programme offers three tracks:

  • Animal and Human Behaviour (B-track);
  • Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling (C-track);
  • Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track).

You will become an expert in one of these fields. However, because of the integrated courses and links between these tracks, you will also get a unique and truly multi-disciplinary training. The BCN Research Master is one of the best Neuroscience MSc programmes of the Netherlands (Keuzegids Masters 2015/Dutch Higher Education Guide 2015).

Admission to the programme is highly selective and based on the applicants' academic credentials as well as motivation. Every application is screened by the Admissions Board.

Programme options

The Master in Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences is a 2-year programme. There are 60 credits per year, most courses are 5 ECTS. Students can choose from three specializations within this Master's programme.

Animal and Human Behavioural Neurosciences (B-track) (specialization)

Designed for students who are familiar with the basic theoretical foundations of behavioural research. They follow the "four why's" of the evolution, function, causation and development of behaviour.

Thorough evolutionary insight is necessary for guiding the causal analysis of behaviour, just as we can not understand its evolution without physiological knowledge. Hence we link the functional and physiological analysis of behaviour. This holds also for human behaviour where particular emphasis is placed on evolutionary psychology. Development of behaviour is a further key to understand the complex regulation of behaviour in adulthood, the origins of individuality and the constraints and plasticity in behavioural adaptation.

Bachelor-Master connections: Life Science and Technology, Biology

Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track) (specialization)

The Neuroscience track is designed for students interested in molecular mechanisms of brain function and of the neuropathology of disease. The brain and the central nervous system are the key players in behaviour and cognition. The Neuroscience track is designed for students interested in molecular mechanisms of brain function and of the neuropathology of disease. The programme focuses on molecular and functional neurosciences, neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases, neuroinflammatory processes and stem cell biology. The courses emphasize the anatomy of the nervous system, neurotransmission and transduction cascades, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and neuropathology. The latest insights in Parkinson's disease, sleep and sleep disorders, obesity, aggression, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, and stroke-related pathology will be discussed.

Bachelor-Master connections: Medicine, Biomedical Sciences

Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling (C-track) (specialization)

This research track focuses on cognitive processing from psychological, neurological and modelling perspectives.

The psychological aspect is covered in expert courses on psychological phenomena such as learning, memory and attention. The neurological aspects entail specialized courses in neuroscience, both from functional, clinical and biological perspectives and training in different methodologies (e.g., fMRI, TMS, EEG) to study brain processes. The modelling aspects focus on abstract characterization of cognitive processing. These characterizations can take the form of statistical or computational models. This enables researchers to establish causal relations between behavioural and neurological phenomena and cognitive theories.

Bachelor-master connections: Psychology, Artificial Intelligence.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of weeks

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
additional subject The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of general level of previous education and specific background knowledge.
previous education Bachelor's degree in life science, (molecular) biology, medicine or artificial intelligence and psychology. This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer based 237
TOEFL internet based 92

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2018-2019 € 2060 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2018-2019 € 14200 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 01 May 2018 01 September 2018
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2018 01 September 2018

Job prospects

As a graduate of this programme, you can work as a researcher, both in the academic world and other fields. Because of their multi-disciplinary training, graduates of this degree positively distinguish themselves: you can easily grasp the bigger picture and are able to familiarize yourself with new fields and methodologies quickly.

Research

Becoming an expert in one specific track

This programme is characterised by its interactive setting with a strong accent on scientific research, offering the unique chance of a truly multidisciplinary education, while becoming an expert in one specific track.

This research master programme concentrates on three focal and closely related areas of particular strength within Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN):

Animal and Human Behavioural Neurosciences (B-track)

Designed for students who are familiar with the theoretical foundations and basics of behavioural research. They follow the "four why's" of the evolution, function, causation and development of behaviour. Thorough evolutionary insight is necessary for guiding the causal analysis of behaviour, just as we cannot understand its evolution without physiological knowledge. Hence we link the functional and physiological analysis of behaviour. This holds also for human behaviour where particular emphasis is placed on evolutionary psychology. Development of behaviour is a further key to understand the complex regulation of behaviour in adulthood, the origins of individuality and the constraints and plasticity in behavioural adaptation.


Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling

This research track focuses on cognitive processing from psychological, neurological and modelling perspectives. The psychological aspect is covered in expert courses on psychological phenomena such as learning, memory and attention. The neurological aspects entail specialized courses in neuroscience, both from functional, clinical and biological perspectives and training in different methodologies (e.g., fMRI, TMS, EEG) to study brain processes. The modelling aspect focuses on the abstract characterisation of cognitive processing. These characterisations can take the form of statistical or computational models. This enables researchers to establish causal relations between behavioural and neurological phenomena and cognitive theories.

Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track)

The Neuroscience track is designed for students interested in molecular mechanisms of brain function and of the neuropathology of diseases. The brain and the central nervous system are the key players in behaviour and cognition. The programme focuses on molecular and functional neurosciences, neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases, neuroinflammatory processes and stem cell biology. The courses emphasize the anatomy of the nervous system, neurotransmission and transduction cascades, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and neuropathology. The latest insights in Parkinson's disease, sleep and sleep disorders, obesity, aggression, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, and stroke-related pathology will be discussed.


This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated March 7, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
Duration
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24 months
Full time
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14,200 EUR
non-EU/EEA
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Netherlands - Groningen, Groningen
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