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Become a multidisciplinary neuroscientist or cognition researcher

Are you interested in doing research to better understand normal and pathological brain function? Do you want to become a specialist in the field of neurosciences? Neuroscience and Cognition offers you the opportunity to investigate numerous areas of brain functioning that make the neuroscience and cognition field uniquely intriguing and challenging.

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An individualised approach

Neuroscience and cognition trains you to become a multidisciplinary neuro and/or cognition scientist, fully equipped to face the challenges of modern research in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience and cognition. With ample knowledge of the scope of brain and cognitive functioning, you will be prepared to join an international research team investigating the most complex organ of our body. Sounds appealing? Neuroscience and Cognition might be a perfect fit!

Pick Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience or Cognitive Neuroscience as your track of choice and explore fundamental principles and techniques. You get to work in multidisciplinary teams together with students from various bachelor backgrounds such as Biomedical Sciences, Neuro- and Cognitive Psychology, Linguistics, or Artificial Intelligence. An ideal preparation for future research positions in public and private research institutes! After the 10-week introductory course Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognition, you will determine an individualised study path with the assistance of the track coordinator, consisting of quality internships, electives and a writing assignment.

Why you should study Neuroscience and Cognition at Utrecht University

  • It offers a unique combination of clinical and preclinical neuroscience and cognition
  • Over 200 principal investigators participate and offer research projects and supervision
  • Keep up with the latest developments in human and rodent functional neuroimaging, deep-sequencing of human genetic material and other state-of-the-art techniques
  • Two extensive research projects provide the possibility to learn and train several techniques and topics, and offers the best route to become a successful PhD student.


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Neuroscience and Cognition
  • Programme: Neuroscience and Cognition
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EEA students: 1 April
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
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Graduate school:
Life Sciences