Master in Neurosciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Neurosciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master in Neurosciences

Brain disorders, in particular neurodegenerative diseases and mental illnesses, are among the most prevalent and debilitating diseases of our time. They are typically caused by the interplay of environmental factors and genetic variation in multiple genes, which is currently being mapped by major international initiatives. Future brain research should therefore focus on integrative projects as a next step in characterizing this complex environmental/genetic interplay and in revealing how it translates into brain function and/or disease. To succeed, we need a new generation of neuroscientists capable of integrating information from genes and proteins to synapses, and from networks up to complex brain function and dysfunction. Are you ready for the challenge?

The programme in a nutshell

The Master’s in Neurosciences is a two-year, full-time programme. Teaching comprises lectures, research seminars, work groups, demonstrations, lab visits and practicals.

First year

The first year consists of compulsory courses, to give you a thorough grounding in relevant disciplines. These courses are followed by a 5-month work placement. You will have a wide range of work placement opportunities to choose from, within the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and affiliated institutes.

Second year (research specialization)

The second year consists of optional courses, to expand your knowledge of certain areas. We have constructed six tracks, which give you a perfect start as a researcher in a particular field of neurosciences:

  • Animal Behaviour and System Neurosciences
  • Behavioural and Medical Genomics
  • Clinical Neurosciences
  • Neurogenomics
  • Psychophysiology
  • Neurophysiology

Career prospects

The vast majority (70%) of graduates of the Master’s programme in Neurosciences go on to join a PhD programme either at VU Amsterdam or at another academic institute in the Netherlands or abroad. A PhD will prepare you for:

  • a top position at a university
  • a research institute such as the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
  • or in the corporate sector, with companies such as Solvay, Philips Duphar, Janssen Pharmaceutica and Organon.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in Neurosciences you must meet the following requirements.

  • Hold an academic Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or Psychology with a Biological Psychology or Neuropsychology profile. If you hold a BSc degree in a closely related discipline (e.g. Movement Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or Medicine) you are also eligible to apply
  • Have good grades:
    • minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 7.5 (or international equivalent, e.g. a B+, or a GPA of 3.4).
    • A minimum grade of 8 (or international equivalent, e.g. an A, or a GPA of 4.0, for both the Bachelor’s thesis and neuroscience-related courses.
  • Possess well-developed academic skills including writing and presenting abilities, and the abilities to evaluate and apply knowledge, and engage in critical thinking.
  • Have an active interest in neuroscience research and have clear ideas about their scientific careers
  • English language proficiency requirements. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam requires all applicants to pass an English language proficiency test.

N.B. Students who need a visa (MVV) to enter the Netherlands must have passed the test and submitted the original test certificate before 1 June. All other students have to submit the test certificate at the latest before 1 September.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 12, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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2 years
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2,006 EUR
Netherlands - Amsterdam
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