The Master of Biomedical Sciences: Neurosciences at the University of Antwerp covers the research field from neurogenomics up to behaviour and in vivo brain imaging in both animals and humans.
Neurosciences comprise a vast multidisciplinary field of research aimed at understanding normal and pathological brain function. In the Neurosciences specialisation, you study the underlying neuronal structures and mechanisms of behaviour and memory as well as the diagnosis, appearance and pathogenesis of various neurological and psychiatric disorders.
The programme does not focus on acquiring clinical skills, as this is covered in medicine and pharmacy, but prepares you to conduct technological or scientific research in a clinical context. You learn to develop experimental research with a view to investigating the neural substrate of behaviour and cognition. More specifically, the research focuses on excitation, plasticity and the connectivity of neurons and how they function in brain circuits both in healthy and sick individuals. Besides this, the research examines the autonomous nerve system and its central regulatory function.
Depending on your research question, you will make use of behaviour observation, neurochemical, molecular biological, electro-physiological and microscopic techniques, and imaging techniques, which reveal the living brain and its functions in a non-invasive way.
A Master’s degree in Neurosciences offers graduates many career opportunities. In general, graduates will find employment in/at:
- Research institutes (fundamental research in the various areas of Neurogenetics, Neurochemistry and Neuroimaging)
- Pharmaceutical industry (research and development)
- Science, industry and healthcare sectors (policy and management positions)
- Clinical settings (clinical research associate)
Why choose UAntwerp?
Through collaboration with internationally recognised institutes and research clusters such as the Center for Molecular Neurology of the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology, the Medical Genetics Centre, Institute Born Bunge, the Bio-Imaging Lab or the Theoretical Neurobiology and Neuroengineering Lab, the University of Antwerp is able to offer you a state-of-the-art Master’s degree.
Some graduates have been selected for prestigious PhD programmes at leading institutions in Europe and the US. About 25% of graduates find PhD positions at one of the participating research institutes in Antwerp.
About the School
The University of Antwerp is ranked 7th in THE Young Universities Rankings 2019: Millenial universities. It has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third-largest university in Flanders. 19% of o ... Read More