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Neuroscience and Cognition

Universiteit Utrecht

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The master Neuroscience and Cognition gives you insight in the principles of the field normal and pathological brain function and delivers a new generation of multidisciplinary neuroscientists.

The master in Neuroscience & Cognition covers the full width of research topics in the field and is taught by researchers based at Utrecht University or the University Medical Center Utrecht. A unique setting is created in Utrecht in which the participating research groups are organized in Neuroscience and Cognition Utrecht.
The emphasis of the Utrecht master in Neuroscience & Cognition is on hands-on experience, although a selection of elective courses allows for a thorough theoretical basis. Over 200 principal investigators participate in the program and offer internships and supervision. The second internship is often taken outside Utrecht, usually within an international collaboration of one of the principal investigators, allowing easy access to top institutes all over the world.
The principal researchers involved in the master program are experts in a large variety of advanced techniques. To advise and guide students there are two track coordinators. The wide range of options for internships, thesis topics and elective courses allows each student to design a personalized study path matching individual interests, abilities and ambition.


2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 12585 / jaar
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 18690 / jaar
2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

1st year

The master Neuroscience and Cognition starts with an introductory course Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognition. This is a compulsory 10-weeks course (15 EC) that covers all aspects of Neuroscience and Cognition. It provides a basic background and contains hands-on practicals to familiarise each student with basic techniques in Neuroscience and Cognition. Each student takes a major (33 EC) and a minor (15 EC) internship. There is a large choice of internships (information continued year 2).


The large Neuroscience and Cognition community in Utrecht is united in the umbrella organization 'Neuroscience and Cognition Utrecht', which comprises top researchers from 6 different faculties, 3 large research institutes and the UMC Utrecht. This broad span of disciplines ensures participation of lecturers in all aspects of neuroscience and research facilities for students and providing research topics ranging from neurological and psychiatric diseases to cognition research and linguistics.


The master Neuroscience and Cognition provides two tracks: the Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience (ECN) and the Cognitive Neuroscience (CN) tracks. Both tracks start with the Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognition course. The major difference between the tracks is the emphasis in the internships (ECN: the development, functioning, adaptation and pathogenesis of the nervous system; CN: the relationship between the central nervous system and cognitive domains).

instruction modes

Theoretical and practical components, internships, presentation.


The master Neuroscience and Cognition yearly accepts around 10 international students (on a total amount of maximal 55 students). The master has a board of Student Representatives who meet with the coordinators of the master every other month. The Representatives also take care of foreign students (help them finding accommodation or give practical advice on finances). Finally, there is a small number of grants available for EU students (in addition to the general grants).


The master Neuroscience and Cognition gives you insight in the principles of the field normal and pathological brain function and delivers a new generation of multidisciplinary neuroscientists.

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 24 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 120