Study Programme

You can create your own Master’s programme of 120 European Credits (EC). The components of the programme can be followed in any given order, except for the obligatory Fundamentals course. 

Component of study programme EC
Major research project 51
Profile 33
Mandatory theoretical courses 15
Elective component 12
Writing assignment 7.5
Life Sciences Academy 1.5


Mandatory theoretical courses (15 EC)

You will spend ten weeks completing compulsory theoretical courses.  

Elective courses (12 EC)

Elective courses enable you to increase your knowledge within your field of interest or (in part) to address educational deficiencies.

Major Research Project (51 EC)

Students are required to complete a major research project.

Profiles (33 EC)

As part of your study programme you have to select one out of 9 profiles, to deepen your education in a specific field. You can choose between either a Research- or a Science profile.

  • Research profiles (4): focus on in depth research skills and aim to deepen your experience in a research field, by being part of a research group. The General Research Profile (new) is a flexible profile, consisting of both practical work and courses. The exact division you tailor yourself. The profiles in Applied Data ScienceBioinformatics or Complex Systems offer an interdisciplinary approach, in which you combine courses with a project or assignment on a specific topic/field.
  • Science profiles (5): focus on broader skills and have a practical approach. Science Communication and Education consist of theoretical courses followed by practical work in the specific field. The Management profile combines skills in the life sciences with courses in business and economics. Life Science and Society (new) and Translational Sciences (new), are profiles with a capstone project throughout the profiles, supplemented with (compulsory) courses. This will give you a broader view on the life science to society and how to translate problems (and solutions) to society.

Life Sciences Academy (1.5 EC)

During the course of the Master’s programme, you are required to attend the Introducing Life Sciences week, at least seven Life Sciences seminars, and three workshops of the Navigation Towards Personal Excellence programme.

Writing assignment (7.5 EC)

This writing assignment may consist of either a clear and thorough overview of recent literature, concluded by an in-depth discussion, or a PhD grant proposal.

Educational methods

  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognition (55 students): Lectures, practicals, written assignment
  • Major Internship (individual): Practical work, written report, oral presentation
  • Minor Internship (individual): Practical work, written report, oral presentation
  • Writing Assignment (individual): Written report
  • Seminars (individual)
  • Electives (12-30 students): Lectures, practicals, written assignment, oral/poster presentation

Group size

The Master's in Neuroscience and Cognition starts with a 10-week obligatory course for all 55 accepted students. Thereafter, students will design their own individualised study paths.

Examination methods

The Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognition course is graded using a final exam and a written assignment. The Major and Minor Internships are assessed based on the quality of the practical work, the written report and the oral presentation. The writing assignment is graded based on the written report. Electives differ in examination.