Study Programme

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



Theoretical courses (15 EC)

The programme starts with the 10-week Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognition introductory course.

Major Research Project (51 EC) and Minor Research Project (33 EC)

Students are required to complete a major and a minor research project.

You can choose to replace your Minor Research Project with a profile. 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.

Elective courses (12 EC)

Electives can be used to address deficiencies in your previous education, to complete additional theoretical courses, or to extend a research project.

Writing assignment (7.5 EC)

The writing assignment will consist of a clear and thorough overview of recent literature, concluded with an in-depth discussion.

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.

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.