Please find our student and alumni stories below.
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.
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.
I found that many neuroscience programs 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.
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.
This master gave me the change 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.
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.
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.
Not one day have I regretted my choice for the master Brain & 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.
The interdisciplinary approach really helps in broadening your horizon
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.
I started the MBCS cognitive neuroscience track in 2010. Since day one, I have always remained closely connected to the master program, staff, teachers, students and alumni, because it’s an amazing program with wonderful people.
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.