Master in Cognitive Neuropsychology (Research)


Program Description

Application deadline update

  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 May (the original deadline of 1 April has been extended due to COVID-19)
  • EU/EEA students and students who do not need a study visa/residence permit through VU Amsterdam*: 1 June (the original deadline of 1 May has been extended due to COVID-19)

Master in Cognitive Neuropsychology (Research)

The Master’s in Cognitive Neuropsychology is a two-year Research Master’s program that operates on the cutting edges between cognitive psychology and clinical neuropsychology. While cognitive psychology is geared towards general theories of brain function, neuropsychology focuses on individual patients with brain damage, whose condition can often provide us with new insights into how the human brain works. Combining these two approaches into one Master’s program is unique in the Netherlands.

The program in a nutshell

The Master’s in Cognitive Neuropsychology is a two-year research Master’s program, combining in-depth courses about cognitive function in the general and clinical populations with broad-based general and neuroscientific research skills.

Features of the curriculum include:

  • Elective courses (3)
  • Seminars
  • Research internship
  • Writing a Master’s thesis

Career prospects

A job as... a researcher, a psychogeriatric research consultant, a human factors consultant

Ultimately you will be trained to become a versatile and skilled researcher who is capable of pursuing a successful career in the Netherlands or internationally within universities, research institutes or a clinical setting. The pharmacological industry also offers good job opportunities for Cognitive Neuropsychological researchers.

Neuropsychologist in a clinical setting (Dutch students)

Within the Research Master's in Cognitive Neuropsychology Dutch students have the possibility to enhance their study program by doing a clinical internship. In combination with the courses already in the program and some of the elective courses, this will enable them to live up to the admission requirements for the Dutch GZ-opleiding after graduating from the Research Master's program. In addition to the general requirements for this Master's program, there are also specific requirements for the clinical internship.

Who is the Master for?

We require our students to be highly motivated and to have a genuine interest in research in the field of Cognitive Neuropsychology. We are looking for students who are committed and who have the potential for growth.

Admission requirements

  • An academic bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence, Biology, Medicine or a closely related subject area. Also eligible to apply are students in the final year of their academic bachelor’s program, or equivalent provided that the degree will be conferred prior to the start of the Master's program in September. These students will have to provide a provisional record of courses and grades, signed by the university's student administrator.
  • Good grades: Your average grade for your academic bachelor's is 7.5 or higher (or international equivalent, e.g. a B or a GPA of 3.3), with an 8 (B+) or higher for your final thesis.
  • Proficiency in English. Please take a close look at the language proficiency requirements.
  • An active interest in research as indicated by the type of courses attended at undergraduate levels (i.e. a strong presence of science-oriented courses and skill-oriented practical classes).
Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,00 ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 122 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Curious about student life at VU Amsterdam? Click here to ask our International Student Ambassadors. Read less