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Brain and Cognitive Sciences

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The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam offers a broad selection of tracks that investigate all aspects of the field, from the molecule to the mind. The programme is unique in its interdisciplinary perspective that incorporates the fields of neuroscience, neurology, psychology, behavioural economics, linguistics, logic, computation and philosophy. The brain is an immensely powerful and intricate processing device dedicated to the selection, perception, transformation and storage of the indispensable information we use to interact with our ever-changing, dynamic environment.

Studying Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam

Students benefit from the wide-ranging, leading expertise available at the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center (ABC), the different research labs at the UvA and from the opportunity to participate in research projects led by internationally renowned ABC researchers. The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences forms a challenging, interdisciplinary and international arena in which highly motivated researchers and students endeavour to understand the brain, its development and its disorders.

The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences is offered by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS), in close collaboration with the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center (ABC).

What is this study programme about?

Meet Harm Krugers, programme director. He will explain the aim of the programme and how strongly the teachers and research are embedded within the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Centre. Student Marianne talks about how she can combine all her academic interests in this Master. And alumnus and PhD student Koen emphasises the importance and indispensability of interdisciplinarity within the field of neuroscience.

Admission during COVID-19

Due to the Corona pandemic, in exceptional cases, in 2021 the UvA will allow you to start your Master’s programme before having fully completed your Bachelor’s degree.

The study programme

The Research Master's 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. All students complete a core curriculum next to their chosen direction within the Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. The core curriculum of this programme integrates various perspectives from within the discipline and includes a weekly journal club and an annual summer school, both focussing on cutting-edge topics in an intensively interdisciplinary setting.

Interdisciplinary skills

Suited to work in highly interdisciplinary areas

Great research opportunities

About 70% of our alumni have obtained PhD positions

Summer School

Every year focussed on a topic in the research field of Brain and Cognition

Close links to research labs

Embedded within the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Centre (ABC)

After graduation

The Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences provides its graduates with the necessary theoretical, intellectual and empirical tools to pursue an academic career (PhD programme) in cognitive and neurosciences or in a related discipline. In addition to an academic career, graduates of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences programme also find work in applied research.

Is Brain and Cognitive Sciences for you?

Depending on the domain of choice the applicant must hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent:

  • Behavioural Neuroscience: Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology, Biomedical Science, Biology or equivalent
  • Cognitive Neuroscience: Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology, (Cognitive/Biological) Psychology, Cognitive Science or equivalent.
  • Cognitive Science: Bachelor's degree in (Cognitive) Psychology, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Philosophy or equivalent.

Applicants with another Bachelor's degree may also be admitted to the Research Master, provided they have an adequate academic background in the field of neuroscience and/or cognitive sciences.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60323