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Brain and Cognitive Sciences (research MSc)

Degree type
MSc
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
24 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University
City
Amsterdam

Program description

The brain is an immensely powerful and intricate processing device. The research master Brain and Cognitive Sciences is for those who wish to study the brain from an interdisciplinary point of view.

In recent years we have seen rapid developments in the neurosciences as well as the behavioural and computer sciences that are all aimed at gaining a better understanding of the processes involved in the acquisition and use of knowledge in humans and animals, as well as in artificial systems. The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a broad selection of tracks that investigate all aspects of the field, from the molecule to the mind. Students can choose between three tracks: Behavioural Neuroscience Cognitive Neuroscience Cognitive Science In the Research Master Brain and Cognitive Sciences we strongly believe that a top-level training in each of these fields requires a basic understanding of the developments in other areas of Cognitive Science. In a nutshell: the present Master programme aims to train students to become experts in their specific subfield of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences but with a clear understanding and appreciation of the contribution made by the other subfields.

Admission requirements

Previous education

Depending on the track of choice the applicant must hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Behavioural Neuroscience track: students need to have a bachelor degree in Psychobiology, Biomedical Sciences, Biology or equivalent.
Cognitive Neuroscience track: students need to have a bachelor degree in Psychobiology, (Cognitive/Biological) Psychology, Cognitive Science or equivalent.
Cognitive Science track: students need to have a bachelor degree in (Cognitive) Psychology, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Philosophy or equivalent.

Applicants with Bachelor's degrees in other fields may also be admitted provided they have an adequate academic background in the field of neuroscience and/or cognitive sciences.

Grade average

Applicants are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least:
3.5 (GPA American system)
2.1 (a 2nd class honours / upper division British system)
7,5 (Dutch EC-system)
Admission will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average alone. Applicants are also assessed on the basis of their motivation and the content of their prior coursework.

Written request

Motivation is assessed on the basis of a written letter of intent(up to 300 words). Describe your academic interests and reasons for applying.

Knowledge minimum

statistics

Language test

Non-native English speakers need to submit proof of their proficiency in the English language. (Dutch students and students who did a bachelor in English are excluded for this)

Grade list

Applicants' prior academic coursework should demonstrate their active interest in cognitive and/ or neural research.

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