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Brain and Cognitive Sciences
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Students and alumni

Please find our student and alumni stories below.

Floor Nelissen (BSc in Neuroscience)

Track Behavioural Neuroscience (2017 - present)

'Describing a ‘regular’ week of the research master Brain and Cognitive Sciences is almost impossible: because of the large freedom to choose your own path, the programme is unique for everyone.'


Annemarie Horn (BSc in Psychobiology)

Track Behavioural Neuroscience (2013 - 2016)

Researcher & Lecturer Community Service Learning at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam)

'I decided to apply for the master Brain and Cognitive Sciences, because the flexibility of the programme allowed me to choose my own courses, so I could learn about all the different things I was interested in.'


Steven Voges (BSc Psychology with Neuroscience)

Track Behavioural Neuroscience (2017 - 2019)

'I found that many neuroscience programmes focus too much on single cells and completely lack a big picture focus. This really drove me towards the interdisciplinarity of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.'


Lilian Emming (BSc in Psychology)

Track Cognitive Neuroscience (2017 - 2019)

'I was attracted by the interdisciplinarity of this master’s programme, as I learned that I wanted to pursue my academic career in neuroscience during my bachelor, even though I did not have a bachelor’s degree directly linked to neurobiology.'


Doris Dijksterhuis (BSc in Psychobiology)

Track Cognitive Neuroscience (2016-2018) 

PhD candidate Vision and Cognition at the Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience

'This master gave me the chance to broaden my view of neuroscience. Psychobiology is a very “factual” study. In the master I was able to pick courses I never had before and study other things that can also be very important in science, such as philosophy.'


Lola Beerendonk (BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Track Cognitive Neuroscience (2015-2017)

PhD candidate Cognitive Neuroscience atUniversiteit van Amsterdam

'I chose the Brain and Cognitive Sciences master because I felt that the programme was going to challenge me and that it would prepare me for a job as a researcher. In addition, I liked the interdisciplinarity of the programme as well as the backgrounds of students.'


Leo van Brussel (BSc in Philosophy and Dutch Language and Culture)

Track Cognitive Science (2013 - 2017)

'The outstanding quality of education, the interdisciplinary approach, and the freedom to choose according to your interests, creates an academic environment of which I am happy to be part of.'


Marieke Woensdregt (BSc in Psychobiology and Language and Culture)

Track Cognitive Science (2012 - 2014) 

'Not one day have I regretted my choice for the master Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and this is not just because it suits my personal interests very well, but also because it has a lot of more general advantages.'


Gert-Jan Munneke (BSc in Experimental Psychology)

Track Cognitive Science (2011- 2013)

'The interdisciplinary approach really helps in broadening your horizon.'


Jakob Andree (BSc Cognitive Sciences)

Track Cognitive Neuroscience (2010 - 2012)

'As a student you have the opportunity to daily interact with experts within various areas of inquiry and get to tap into their knowledge as part of your studies.'


Berno Bucker (BSc Psychobiology )

Track Cognitive Neuroscience (2010 - 2013)

Programme manager at Institute Brain and Behavior Amsterdam (iBBA, VU University) and co-founder and CEO at Attention Architects

'I started Brain and Cognitive Science in 2010. Since day one, I have always remained closely connected to the master programme, staff, teachers, students and alumni, because it’s an amazing programme with wonderful people.'


Wouter van den Bos (MA Philosophy)

Track Cognitive Science (2004-2006)

Associate Professor at University of Amsterdam

'As one of the first official students of the Research Master I started the programme in 2004, when I just finished my Masters in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.'