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Programme overview

Table 1. General framework of the MSc Cognitive Neuroscience



General compulsory General compulsory
Trends in CNS 6 ECTS Research project 45 ECTS
Neuroimaging I 6 ECTS
Neurophilosophy 6 ECTS
Lab rotations 3 ECTS

Neuroimaging II:

(choose one)

Haemodynamics 6ECTS




30 ECTS Elective courses 12 ECTS
Skill Training (two 3ECTS courses)
Neuroanatomy 3 ECTS

Academic Writing

Advanced Math 3 ECTS

Mathematical programming using Matlab

Practical ERP training 3 ECTS Basic Math 3 ECTS
Total 60 ECTS Total 60 ECTS

The MSc CNS programme amounts to 120 ECs (European Credits). In the first year, 60 ECs are devoted to general compulsory courses, specialization courses and a skill training course. In the second year, the hands-on research project amounts to 45 ECs, with an additional 12 ECs reserved for elective courses, plus a skill training course. Five general core courses are compulsory for all students, regardless of specialization, and these are Trends in Cognitive Neuroscience (6 ECs), Neuroimaging I (6 ECs), Neurophilosophy (6 ECs), Lab Rotations (3 ECs), and one of the two Neuroimaging II courses (6 ECs). It is expected that the choice of the Neuroimaging II course (i.e., Haemodynamic or Electrophysiological methods) depends on the preferred experimental method during the internship. In addition, 30 ECs of specialization core courses are compulsory for each student, complemented by a skill training course. The second year is mostly dedicated to gaining hands-on research experience in one of the participating research institutes and research groups, complemented by two elective courses and a skill training course. The second year will be completed by a Master Thesis and submission of the thesis to the student journal of the MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (i.e., the Proceedings of the Master’s programme Cognitive Neuroscience). Table 1 specifies the general framework of the programme.

MSc CNS courses provide course sites in the Brightspace system, in which the lecturers provide essential information of their courses, such as Powerpoint slides. Brightspace also provides information of the MSc CNS programme on its community site (e.g., programme regulations, internship information etc.).