Research Master (MSc) in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
The research master’s (Master of Science) programme in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience is a two-year programme that offers fivespecialisations. The fivespecialisations are: Cognitive Neuroscience, Fundamental Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Psychopathology and Neuroeconomics. This interfacultary programme (Psychology; Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Business and Economics) is designed for excellent students who want to continue their studies at a graduate school that prepares them for a career in the field of research. The programme is internationally oriented and all courses are given in English.
Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience - Specialized in Neuropsychology
The brain is the most complex and challenging topic to explore when trying to understand behaviour. Its myriad of neurons, dozens of biochemical messengers, and infinite neuronal interconnections provide the fascination that attracts many of us to study it. The specialisation Neuropsychology (NP) is a most suitable interdisciplinary track of psychology and neuroscience to study this brain-behaviour relationship.
This specialisation focuses on understanding cognitive (memory, perception, planning, attention, psycho-motor functions) and emotional-affective (e.g. mood, anxiety, motivation, arousal) behaviour starting from the perspective of brain structure and function. This is done on a continuum ranging from normal behaviour to pathological psychiatric dysfunctions (e.g. depression, anxiety, parkinson, schizophrenia, dementia, ADHD). In addition, in the context of psychopharmacology, the brain-behaviour relationship is thoroughly studied by pharmacological manipulation of brain neurochemistry and function in human and animal models; including the use of interventional psychoactive substances (e.g. hormones, drugs, medicine and foods) in combination with behavioural, psychophysiological and neurofunctional research techniques.
This specialisation is a real integrated curriculum that includes most aspects of basic and applied neuroscience. In addition, students will work in a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, biologists, and psychiatrists and are able to use state-of-the art clinical and neuroimaging facilities (like EEG and fMRI), biopsychological laboratories and large cross-sectional and longitudinal human data sets.
The purpose of the research master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience is to prepare students to pursue a PhD study. Graduates in the specialisations Psychopathology and Neuropsychology who complete a clinical minor may also qualify to pursue advanced clinical training. The programme also provides a solid background for careers in a variety of other settings, which may include the following:
•scientific research and policy functions in research institutes
•somatic and mental health treatment institutions
•centres for educational research and counselling
•provincial and national government
•pharmaceutical, food, and medical technology industries
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