How do we learn a language? How do we recognise faces? And how do we remember things? The human brain is fascinating and much still has to be discovered about it. This is why Cognitive Neuroscience has been called the discipline of the future. A discipline which - thanks to new brain imaging techniques - has made enormous progress. If you want to be in the front line of scientific research then Radboud University is the place to be. A concentration of top scientists from all over the world, combined with state-of-the-art technology, has resulted in an environment in which the brain is revealing its secrets.
The Cognitive Neuroscience Master’s programme at the Radboud University is unique in the world because of its multidisciplinary approach. Psychologists, physicists, biologists, mathematicians, linguists and medical professionals work side by side. It is precisely here – at the interface between disciplines – that discoveries are made that lead to new insights. This is the secret of our success and the reason for our excellent international reputation.
As a Master’s student, you will find yourself in a dynamic research environment and you will be guided by top scientists from all over the world. You will be able to choose from a variety of research themes and gain experience in the research institutes that participate in this programme. These include the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, the Centre for Language Studies, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences (NCMLS) and various departments at the Radboud University Medical Centre.
Education for the top
This Master’s programme trains you for research and, if you have what it takes, to be a top researcher. We have a strict selection procedure. If you are selected, you will find yourself among the best students in the world. At the beginning of the programme, you will select one area of study from the following: Psycholinguistics; Perception, Action and Consciousness; and Neurocognition. Within the subject area of your choice, you will carry out research and follow specialisation courses.
The programme, which takes two years, is structured as follows: one-year theory, followed by one year mainly dedicated to research.
- Five general courses (24 EC)
- Six specialisation courses (36 EC)
- Two elective courses (12 EC)
- Master’s thesis (48 EC)
This Master’s programme will give you the qualifications you need to go on to get a PhD position. About 80-90% of our graduates take on a PhD project in Nijmegen or in other parts of the world. Others find jobs in the commercial sector or in research institutes.
As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.
1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, Physics, Biology, Medicine, Mathematics, Behavioural Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or a related discipline
The graduation date of the last attained Bachelor’s degree relevant to this programme must be within five years of applying to the programme.
2. A proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- A TOEFL score of >100
- An IELTS score of >7.0
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
3. Specialisation specific requirements
Check the specific admission requirements for each specialisation.
Programmes starting in September and February
- Non-EEA students: 1 April (or November).
- EEA students: 1 May (or December).
The Master's in Cognitive Neuroscience was recently awarded the quality label ‘Top Programme' in the Keuzegids Masters 2016 (Guide to Master's programmes), which indicates the programme belongs to the very best programmes in Dutch Master's education, across the entire range of disciplines.
This school offers programs in:
Last updated August 13, 2018