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Programme Overview

  • This programme is designed for students with a background in Linguistics, Physics, Biology, Medicine, Mathematics, Behavioural Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or a related discipline
  • Gain hands-on research skills using state-of-the-art technology surrounded by fellow students and experts from a diverse array of disciplines and approaches
  • Discover insights into how the brain learns, reacts, and understands the outside world
  • Prepare yourself for a career as a researcher at an academic institute, a policy maker, an educator, a specialised country, and more

Why study Cognitive Neuroscience at Radboud University?

Nijmegen is one of the foremost centres of cognitive neuroscience in the world. Hundreds of scientists from various faculties and top institutes have joined forces on the Radboud University campus, which is host to world-class research institutes such as the Donder's Institute, the Radboud Univeristy Medical Center and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

The Radboud campus also hosts a large array of start of the art facilities, including labs with fMRI, MEG, EEG and eye-tracking equipment, which are open for you to use in conducting your own research.

At Radboud, you will benefit from the shared expertise of the faculty and researchers. You will be able to make connections, and use Radboud's extensive international network to prepare yourself for research during and after your programme. About 80-90% of our graduates take on a PhD project in Nijmegen or elsewhere. Others find jobs in the commercial sector or in research institutes.

The programme also has its own, student-driven, scientific journal; based on the Stanford Exchange: Proceeding of the Master’s Programme Cognitive Neuroscience.

What will you learn?

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.

The Master's programme in Cognitive Neuroscience provides a sound balance of theory and practice. At Radboud we promote a multidisciplinary approach, where psychologists, physicists, biologists, mathematicians, linguists and medical professionals work side by side. When these disciplines come together, we make new discoveries and find new insights.

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.

This two year programme is structured as follows: one-year theory, followed by one year mainly dedicated to research.

Career Prospects

Graduates of this programme could find work as:

  • Researchers in academic, governmental or private institutes or specialised companies
  • PhD students
  • Policy makers

Specialisations

  • Language and Communication
    Studies the acquisition, understanding and production of language, and their biological underpinning.
  • Perception, Action and Control
    Studies basic sensorimotor aspects as well as the cognitive, contextual and social components of perception-action coupling.
  • Plasticity and Memory
    Studies the mechanistic underpinnings and behavioural consequences of long-term changes in neural structure and function.
  • Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication
    Studies the interaction between and within groups of neurons, and with the outside world.

Admission requirements

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. Specialisation specific requirements

Check the specific admission requirements for each specialisation.

Master's specialisation in Language and Communication

For the specialisation in Language and Communication, students with a background in language science, psychology or cognitive science can apply. Specifically, we require demonstrable knowledge in the following domains:

  • Psycholinguistics (e.g., Carroll, D.W., 2008, ‘Psychology of language’).
  • Experimental design and statistics (e.g., Moore, D.S., McCabe, G.P., & Craig, B.A., 2014, ‘Introduction to the practice of statistics’; or McClave, J.T., & Sincich, T., 2013, ‘Statistics’).
  • Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics (e.g., O'Grady, W.D., Archibald, J., 2015 ‘Contemporary linguistic analysis: An introduction’).
  • Cognitive Psychology, especially topics on memory, perception, action and attention (e.g., Eysenck, M.W., & Keane, M.T., 2015, ‘Cognitive psychology: A student's handbook’).

Master's specialisation in Perception, Action and Control
For the specialisation in Perception, Action and Control, students with a background in psychology, biology, (bio-)medical sciences, or natural sciences can apply. Specifically, we require demonstrable knowledge in the following domains:

  • Biophysics (e.g., Hobbie, R.K. & Roth, B.J., 2015 ‘Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology’).
  • Neuroscience (e.g., Kandel, E. & Schwartz, J., 2013 ‘Principles of neural science’ or Purves, D., 2012 ‘Neuroscience’).
  • Psychonomics (perception, motor control) (e.g., Gazzaniga, M. & Ivry, R.B., 2013 ‘Cognitive neuroscience: The biology of the mind’, or Wolfe, J.M. & Herz, R.S., 2014 ‘Sensation & Perception’).
  • Experimental design and statistics (e.g., Moore, D.S., McCabe, G.P., & Craig, B.A., 2014, ‘Introduction to the practice of statistics’; or McClave, J.T., & Sincich, T., 2013, ‘Statistics’).

Master's specialisation in Plasticity and Memory
For the specialisation in Plasticity and Memory, students with a background in psychology, biology, (bio-)medical sciences, or natural sciences can apply. Specifically, we require demonstrable knowledge in the following domains:

  • Biophysics (e.g., Hobbie, R.K. & Roth, B.J., 2015 ‘Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology’).
  • Neuroscience (e.g., Kandel, E. & Schwartz, J., 2013 ‘Principles of neural science’ or Purves, D., 2012 ‘Neuroscience’).
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (e.g., Gazzaniga, M. & Ivry, R.B., 2013 ‘Cognitive neuroscience: The biology of the mind’).
  • Experimental design and statistics (e.g., Moore, D.S., McCabe, G.P., & Craig, B.A., 2014, ‘Introduction to the practice of statistics’; or McClave, J.T., & Sincich, T., 2013, ‘Statistics’).

Master's specialisation in Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication
For the specialisation in Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication, students with a background in artificial intelligence or natural sciences can apply. Specifically, we require demonstrable knowledge in the following domains:

  • Mathematics (e.g., calculus, linear algebra, vector analysis, fourier series and transforms, ordinary differential equations (e.g., Boas, M.L., 2006 ‘Mathematical methods in the physical sciences’)
  • Electromagnetism and calculus-based introductory physics (e.g., Boas, M.L., 2006 ‘Mathematical methods in the physical sciences’)
  • Neuroscience (e.g., Kandel, E. & Schwartz, J., 2013 ‘Principles of neural science’ or Purves, D., 2012 ‘Neuroscience’).
  • Artifcial intelligence (e.g., robotica, computational modelling) (e.g., Poole, D.I.R. & Mackworth, A.K.P., 2010 ‘Artificial Intelligence, foundations of computational agents’).

Language Requirements

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 >= 600 (paper based) or >= 100 (internet based)
  • 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

* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.

Deadlines

Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April
  • EEA students: 1 May

Programmes starting in February

  • Non-EEA students: 1 November
  • EEA students: 1 December

Quality label

The Master's in Cognitive Neuroscience was 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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 11, 2019
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