Study Programme

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

Major Research Project 51 EC
Profile 33 EC
Mandatory theoretical courses 15 EC
Elective component 12 EC
Writing assignment  7.5 EC
Life Sciences Academy 1.5 EC


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)

Student scan choose between 9 profiles to focus your education in a specific direction. These include the general research profile.

The general research profile is tailor-made which means you will have a lot of flexibility in building it up with practical work (profile project) and courses. The profile project is linked to a specific research group and topic and, like the major project, you will have an examiner and (daily) supervisor.

The profiles in Science Communication and Education consist of theoretical courses followed by practical work. The Management profile combines skills in the life sciences with courses in business and economics.

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.

The profiles Life Science and Society and Translational Sciences, are profiles with a capstone project throughout the profiles, supplemented with (mandatory) courses and/or workshops that will give you a broader view on the societal aspects of Life Sciences and how to translate real-world problems into a research question and then translate that into tangible solutions.

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.