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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 used to interact with our ever-changing, dynamic environment.

Studying Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam

You will 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 take part 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).

Experts by experience

Meet Harm Krugers, programme director. He explains 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 with this Master. And Koen, alumnus and PhD student, emphasises the importance and indispensability of interdisciplinarity within the field of neuroscience.

The study programme

The Research Master's programme aims to train you to become an expert in your specific subfield of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 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 innovative topics in an intensively interdisciplinary setting.

Interdisciplinary skills

Preparation for doctoral programme or research career

Summer School

Close links to research labs

After graduation

The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences provides you with the necessary theoretical, intellectual and empirical tools to pursue an academic career (PhD programme) in cognitive and neurosciences or in a related discipline. Besides 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, you must hold a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in:

  • 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 of Mind or equivalent.

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

Admission during COVID-19 

Due to the Corona pandemic, the UvA will allow you to start your Master’s programme before having fully completed your Bachelor’s degree. Check the Application and Admission pages for more information. 

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