Master in Neuroscience and Cognition

General

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Program Description

Are you interested in doing research to better understand normal and pathological brain function? Do you want to become a specialist in the field of neurosciences? Neuroscience and Cognition offers you the opportunity to investigate numerous areas of brain functioning that make the neuroscience and cognition field uniquely intriguing and challenging.

An Individualised Approach

Neuroscience and cognition trains you to become a multidisciplinary neuro and/or cognition scientist fully equipped to face the challenges of modern research in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience and cognition. With ample knowledge of the scope of the brain and cognitive functioning, you will be prepared to join an international research team investigating the most complex organ of our body. Sounds appealing? Neuroscience and Cognition might be a perfect fit!

Pick Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience or Cognitive Neuroscience as your track of choice and explore fundamental principles and techniques. You get to work in multidisciplinary teams together with students from various bachelor backgrounds such as Biomedical Sciences, Neuro- and Cognitive Psychology, Linguistics, or Artificial Intelligence. Ideal preparation for future research positions in public and private research institutes! After the 10-week introductory course Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognition, you will determine an individualised study path with the assistance of the track coordinator, consisting of quality internships, electives and a writing assignment.

Why you Should Study Neuroscience and Cognition at Utrecht University

  • It offers a unique combination of clinical and preclinical neuroscience and cognition;
  • Over 200 principal investigators participate and offer research projects and supervision;
  • Keep up with the latest developments in human and rodent functional neuroimaging, deep-sequencing of human genetic material and other state-of-the-art techniques;
  • Two extensive research projects provide the possibility to learn and train several techniques and topics and offers the best route to become a successful PhD student.

Career Outlook

A Master’s degree in Neuroscience and Cognition offers you many career prospects. Graduates continue on to universities and research institutes, teaching hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry. They may hold policy and management positions in the science, industry, and healthcare sectors.

In general, graduates will find employment in/at:

  • Teaching hospitals (disease-oriented research)
  • Research institutes (fundamental research in the various areas of the neurosciences)
  • Pharmaceutical industry (research and development)
  • Science, industry, and healthcare sectors (policy and management positions, applied science and design)
  • Clinical settings (neuropsychologist, clinical physicist)

Academic careers

Over the past years, 95% of all students in the Master's program Neuroscience and Cognition were already employed before graduating. Of these, 25% were approached for a PhD project by one of the research institutes in Utrecht.

Graduates have many career opportunities, such as:

  • Researcher (as a PhD student) in one of the academic hospitals (disease-oriented research)
  • Researcher (as a PhD student) in a research institute, either national or international (fundamental research in the various areas of the neurosciences)
  • The pharmaceutical industry provides ample opportunities (research and development)
  • Policy and management functions in science, industry, and healthcare
  • Clinical settings (neuropsychologist, clinical physicist)

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less