The Master's programme aims to train students to become experts in their specific subfield of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences but with a clear understanding and appreciation of the contribution made by the other subfields. All students complete a core curriculum next to their chosen direction within the Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. The core curriculum of this programme integrates various perspectives from within the discipline and includes a weekly journal club and an annual summer school, both of which focus on cutting-edge topics in an intensively interdisciplinary setting.
Disciplinary quality and interdisciplinary insights
The goal is to provide a programme that is equal in disciplinary quality to monodisciplinary programmes but in addition trains you to be aware of and understand the separate contributions and research methods of the large number of disciplines that contribute to the field of cognition and thus not suffer the inadequacies of monodisciplines. This enables you to reflect on, interpret and answer complex questions arising in science nowadays and that arise in our modern society. Interdisciplinary thinking cannot be learned from a book but is a skill which develops from the learning process of combining insights of more than one discipline that can lead to new insights.
ABC Summer School
Every year the Research Master Brain and Cognitive Sciences organises a Summer School around a topic in the research field of Brain and Cognition. The Summer School takes place at the end of the first year and is open for students of the master, as well as national and international students of similar master programmes. Every day features a lecture and active workgroups. The Summer School is presented by international experts, including a keynote speaker and concludes with a symposium about the topic of the Summer School.
A Master of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences is awarded upon successful completion of all the courses in the curriculum, a literature thesis and two written reports based on independent research projects. This translates into a total of 120 ECTS credits.
The Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences provides its graduates with the necessary theoretical, intellectual and empirical tools to pursue an academic career (PhD programme) in cognitive and neurosciences or in a related discipline. In addition to an academic career, graduates of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences programme also find work in applied research.
Graduates of this programme are especially suited to work in highly interdisciplinary areas due to their experiential learning and conducting research in several disciplines. Other skills acquired by graduates, including the ability to work in a team, communication, reflection, evaluation, ability to learn and adapt, serve them well in a variety of fields.
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