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Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Study programme

The 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 of which focus on cutting-edge topics in an intensively interdisciplinary setting.

For more information about the structure of the programme, click here.

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Disciplinary quality and interdisciplinary insights 

The goal is to provide a programme that is equal in disciplinary quality to monodisciplinary programmes but in addition trains you to be aware of and understand the separate contributions and research methods of the large number of disciplines that contribute to the field of cognition and thus not suffer the inadequacies of monodisciplines. This enables you to reflect on, interpret and answer complex questions arising in science nowadays and that arise in our modern society. Interdisciplinary thinking can not be learned from a book, but is a skill which develops from the learning process of combining insights of more than one discipline that can lead to new insights.

ABC Summer School

Every year the Research Master Brain and Cognitive Sciences organises a Summer School around a topic in the research field of Brain and Cognition. The Summer School takes place at the end of the first year and is open for students of the master, as well as national and international students of similar master programmes. Everyday features a lecture and active workgroups. The Summer School is presented by international experts, including a keynote speaker and concludes with a symposium about the topic of the Summer School.

Summer School: The Sleeping Brain: from Neural Networks to Cognition
The two-week interdisciplinary event provided the participants with full immersion in the field of sleep, through daily Master classes, tutor-guided projects on selected topics, workshops, demos, and a whole lot more. The summer school culminated in an international symposium.


A Master of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences is awarded upon successful completion of all the courses in the curriculum, a literature thesis and two written reports based on independent research projects. This translates into a total of 120 ECTS credits.