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Master
Psychology: Brain & Cognition in Society (track)
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Track-specific Requirements

On this page you will find an explanation for each track-specific requirement, an answer to the question as to which previous education you satisfy, and which subjects you can take if you do not yet meet this requirement.

In order to apply for the Master's track Brain and Cognition in Society, you should meet the following track-specific requirements in addition to the basic requirements:

  • ≥6 EC Knowledge about: Perception-action cycle, Learning and Memory, Consciousness on level 2/3
  • ≥6 EC knowledge about different cognitive domains, such as Attention, Language, Emotions, Higher cognitive functions (level 2/3)
  • ≥6 EC Advanced knowledge of and skills in experimental paradigms and methods used in cognitive (neuro)science (level 2/3)
  • ≥3EC knowledge of Neuroanatomy on level 1/2/3

The levels refer to UvA bachelor years:

  • Level 1: comparable to UvA bachelor year 1, basic, introductory courses in the field.
  • Level 2: comparable to UvA bachelor year 2, comprehensive, intermediate courses.
  • Level 3: comparable to UvA bachelor year 3, advanced, more specialized courses.

Level 3 of the UvA bachelor refers to level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework

  • ≥6 EC Knowledge about: Perception-action cycle, Learning and Memory, Consciousness on level 2/3

    More information about this track-specific requirement

    Students should have an advanced understanding (level 3: comparable to UvA bachelor year 3, advanced, more specialised courses) of the most important facets of perception, learning, memory and consciousness and the most important theoretical approaches to, core concepts in and empirical findings in these subjects.

    For example, students should have advanced knowledge of the following topics:

    • Attention and how selected information is transformed into behaviour, memory, and ultimately conscious awareness;
    • The relation between consciousness and cognitive control, and the question of ‘free will’;
    • Memory, include forgetting, recognition versus recall, implicit and explicit memory, memory disorders;
    • The brain structures and mechanisms that support cognitive functions.

    With which pre-education do you fulfil this track-specific requirement?

    If you have successfully completed, or will complete one of the bachelor’s programmes stated below before 31 August, you will meet this track-specific requirement.

    • UvA Bachelor in Psychology with specialisation Brain & Cognition
    • UvA Bachelor Psychobiology
    • The “UvA Kwalificatieprogramma” within the bachelor of Applied Psychology at Hogeschool van Amsterdam with specialisation Brain & Cognition
    • UvA Bachelor Bèta-Gamma with a major in Brain & Cognition

    If you have other prior education, please show in your application how you meet this requirement. You can do this by referring to one or more courses that you have obtained in the area of this requirement and by enclosing the course catalogue description of these subjects with your application.

    What if you do not meet this track-specific requirement?

    If you do not meet this requirement with your prior education, you can take the following course at the UvA:

  • ≥6 EC knowledge about different cognitive domains, such as Attention, Language, Emotions, Higher cognitive functions (level 2/3)

    More information about this track-specific requirement

    In addition to the subjects mentioned in the first track-specific requirement (see above), students should have a good understanding (level 2/3: comparable to UvA bachelor year 2/3, advanced, more specialised courses) of several other, different, cognitive domains, such as attention, language, emotion and higher cognitive functions. Students should have knowledge about the most important facets and the most important theoretical approaches to, core concepts in and empirical findings in these other, different, cognitive domains.

    For example, students should have a good understanding of the following topics:

    • the relevant cognitive processes that are involved in language processing and language production
    • how affective processes are represented in the brain and how they influence behaviour and other cognitive processes
    • how we can distribute or focus our attention, and how the selected information is transformed into behaviour and memory

    With which pre-education do you fulfil this track-specific requirement?

    If you have successfully completed, or will complete one of the bachelor’s programmes stated below before 31 August, you will meet this track-specific requirement.

    • UvA Bachelor in Psychology with specialisation Brain & Cognition
    • UvA Bachelor Psychobiology
    • The “UvA Kwalificatieprogramma” within the bachelor of Applied Psychology at Hogeschool van Amsterdam with specialisation Brain & Cognition
    • UvA Bachelor Bèta-Gamma with a major in Brain & Cognition

    If you have a different previous education, please show in your application how you meet this requirement. You can do this by referring to one or more courses that you have obtained in the area of this requirement and by enclosing the course catalogue description of these subjects with your application.

    What if you do not meet this track-specific requirement?

    If you do not meet this requirement with your prior education, you can take the following course at the UvA:

  • ≥6 EC Advanced knowledge of and skills in experimental paradigms and methods used in cognitive (neuro)science (2nd/3rd year level)

    More information about this track-specific requirement
    Students should possess the advanced knowledge and practical skills (level 2/3: comparable to UvA bachelor year 2/3, advanced, more specialised courses) necessary to do research in the field of Brain and Cognition, especially with regard to widely used behavioural research paradigms in B&C. They should be familiar with neuroscientific and psychophysiological methods (EEG, TMS, fMRI, skin conductance, reaction time experiments, etc.). Also, students should understand the potential and limitations of the different research methods.

    With which pre-education do you fulfil this track-specific requirement?

    If you have successfully completed, or will complete one of the Bachelor’s programmes stated below before 31 August, you will meet this track-specific requirement.

    • UvA Bachelor in Psychology with specialisation Brain & Cognition
    • UvA Bachelor Psychobiology
    • The “UvA Kwalificatieprogramma” within the bachelor of Applied Psychology at Hogeschool van Amsterdam with specialisation Brain & Cognition
    • UvA Bachelor Bèta-Gamma with a major in Brain & Cognition

    If you have a different previous education, please show in your application how you meet this requirement. You can do this by referring to one or more courses that you have obtained in the area of this requirement and by enclosing the course catalogue description of these subjects with your application.

    What if you do not meet this track-specific requirement?

    If you do not meet this requirement with your prior education, you can take the following course at the UvA:

  • ≥3EC knowledge of Neuroanatomy on level 1/2/3

    More information about this track-specific requirement

    Students should have knowledge regarding neuroanatomy, neural transmission and system-level neuroscience. They should possess knowledge about the molecular, cellular and systems-level mechanisms underlying behaviour and the most common research techniques used to study brain function at these different levels of analysis. Also, they should have an understanding of how higher level phenomena emerge from lower level ones.

    With which pre-education do you fulfil this requirement?

    If you have successfully completed, or will complete one of the bachelor’s programmes stated below before 31 August, you will meet this track-specific requirement.

    • UvA Bachelor in Psychology with specialisation Brain & Cognition
    • UvA Bachelor Psychobiology
    • The “UvA Kwalificatieprogramma” within the bachelor of Applied Psychology at Hogeschool van Amsterdam with specialisation Brain & Cognition
    • UvA Bachelor Bèta-Gamma with a major in Brain & Cognition

    If you have a different previous education, please show in your application how you meet this requirement. You can do this by referring to one or more courses that you have obtained in the area of this requirement and by enclosing the course catalogue description of these subjects with your application.

    What if you do not meet this requirement?

    If you do not meet this requirement with your prior education, you can take the following course at the UvA:

  • Statement of Motivation

    In addition to the academic requirements, the selection committee assesses the relevance and quality of your motivation statement. Applications may get rejected if the motivation does not sufficiently match the content of the programme. The motivation statement consists of answers to specific questions regarding the programme.

    More information about the motivation statement can be found under header '6. Upload required documents'.

    In MyInfo, our online application system, you will be asked to upload certain documents, including your academic transcripts, grading scheme, copies of your academic diplomas, cv, copy of your passport, English language proficiency test score and course descriptions from the course catalogue provided by your university. 

  • Proof of Qualification

    In order to demonstrate your knowledge of the basic and track-specific requirements, you need to fill out and upload your proofs of qualification (PoQ) for both the basic and the track-specific requirements. Refer to section 2: Entry requirements and list your corresponding courses in the PoQ templates.