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Programme overview

Table 1. General framework of the MSc Cognitive Neuroscience



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

Neuroimaging II:

(choose one)

Haemodynamics 6EC




18 EC Elective courses 12 EC
Programme elective 6EC
Skill Training 12 EC
Neuroanatomy 3 EC

Academic Writing

3 EC
Mathematics for Neuroimaging 3 EC

Mathematical programming using Matlab

3 EC
Advanced statistics in R 8EC Teaching skills 4EC
Practical ERP training 3 EC Basic Math for CNS 3 EC
Total 60 EC Total 60 EC

The MSc CNS programme amounts to 120 ECs (European Credits). In the first year, 60 ECs are devoted to general compulsory courses, track courses programme elective, and skill training. In the second year, the hands-on research project amounts to 45 ECs, with an additional 15 ECs reserved for elective courses plus any remaining coursework. Five general core courses are compulsory for all students, regardless of track, 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, 18ECs of track core courses are compulsory for each student, complemented by a programme elective. As programme elective you may choose any track course. You may thus choose another course from your own track, or choose a course from one of the other tracks. Finally, you can choose additional courses (skill or elective)to complete your first year. The second year is mostly dedicated to gaining hands-on research experience in one of the participating research institutes and research groups. To complete your training, you also choose 15EC of coursework (elective and or skill courses). 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, links to research papers etc. Brightspace also provides information of the MSc CNS programme on its community site (e.g., programme regulations, internship information etc.).