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Neuroscience and Cognition

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24 months
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Program description

The Master's in Neuroscience and Cognition offers you a deep understanding of the complex ways in which the brain functions, through theoretical courses and research in multidisciplinary teams.

The master's degree in Neuroscience and Cognition is a continuation and extension of a bachelor's degree. The training centres on research of mental skills, like memory, perception or language and the influence of neuropathology on cognition. You work on a wide range of subject matters, ranging from research on genes and neuro-imaging to neurological and psychiatric disorders of patients.

The Master's programme in Neuroscience and Cognition gives you the theoretical, practical and research skills necessary to gain understanding of the complexities of normal and pathological brain function. The very breadth and multidisciplinary nature of Neuroscience demands that as a research practitioner, you must be able to synthesise information from different disciplines. So in addition to theory courses that provide the fundamentals of Neuroscience, and independent study leading to your Master's thesis, you will work in multidisciplinary research teams.

This two-year research programme offers four different Neuroscience tracks. A Major and Minor research project are required, and may be completed while working as a member of a research team or independently, with an option to complete the Minor project abroad. These research projects give you practical experience in scientific research, data analysis, and in writing reports and giving presentations. Graduates will find career opportunities in academic and research environments, teaching hospitals, and industry. About 25% of graduates find PhD positions at one of the three participating research institutes in Utrecht.

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a top international university that holds a top 100 position in the international university rankings. It offers a broad range of high-quality Dutch- and English-taught programs and courses. The English curriculum consists of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs, certificate courses, and Summer School courses. In addition, some of the world’s most talented students come to Utrecht University to do their PhD research.

Research has always played a fundamental role in Utrecht University’s degree programs. Course content is closely linked to top-class research. Students are taught in small groups by top researchers and lecturers, mostly experts in their field. Utrecht University is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge. Our research continues to have impact in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and culture.

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Admission requirements

Language requirements

CAE: B1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS writing: 6, TOEFL paper based: 580, TOEFL computer based: 237, TOEFL internet based: 93

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