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Development and Lifelong Plasticity

The Master's track in Development and Lifelong Plasticity studies the mechanistic underpinnings and behavioural consequences of long-term changes in neural structure and function.

About this study curriculum

Memory is at the very heart of our personality: the countless snapshots of our daily experiences have a pervasive and enduring influence on the self. But how are these memories organised in the brain and how are they given value and meaning? The track in Development and Lifelong Plasticity looks at the development and decay of the healthy and the maladaptive brain. The goal is to understand various types of neuroplastic changes in the brain, specifically in patients with for example Alzheimer's disease, stress-related disorders, chronic pain, autism, intellectual disabilities, and ADHD.

You’ll study diverse brain functions by measuring and manipulating cognitive, emotional, hormonal and neural mechanisms, as well as by (epi)genetic fingerprinting and developing cell and animal disease models. You’ll learn to do research towards patient care that individualises the diagnostic approach and therapeutic and care interventions. Aim is to obtain an optimal fit with patient characteristics and individual preference.

As a student of the track in Plasticity and Memory, you must choose 18 ECs from the following list of six courses:

  • Human Learning and Memory
  • The Neural Basis of Animal Cognition
  • Early Onset Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Neurobiology of (Mal)adaptation
  • Neurogenetics
  • Animal Models for brain function and disorders
     

Something for you?  

  • Our researchers use genetic, molecular and cellular methods, animal models, as well as human neuroimaging and cognitive neuropsychology.
  • This track works closely with the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), also housed on the Radboud University campus.
  • This track is located within the world-renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, located on the campus of the Radboud University, with a research staff of over 500 scientists.
Total EC
120 EC
Compulsory courses
P1
P2
P3
P4

Common ground

Total number EC: 20 EC
  1. P1
  2. P2
  1. P1
  2. P2
  3. P3
  4. P4
  1. P3
  2. P4

Choose one of the following two Neuroimaging II courses:

Total number EC: 6 EC

Choose 12 ECs of skill training courses

Total number EC: 12 EC
  1. P1
  2. P2
  1. P1
  2. P2
  3. P3
  4. P4
  1. P3
  2. P4

Choose 18 EC of track courses, and 6 EC of programme electives

Total number EC: 24 EC
  1. P1
  2. P2
Any Cognitive Neuroscience Track Course
6 EC

You may choose to do both skill courses in your first year, or choose to do one per year. This is entirely up to you. 

Elective courses
P1
P2
P3
P4

Choose 12 EC of elective courses

Total number EC: 12 EC

In total, you have to choose 12 EC of elective courses. You can choose to do all of these courses in your first or in your second year; or you can distribute them across the two years. This is entirely up to you. For your elective space you may choose any Master level course. You may thus choose electives from outside your track, or choose to do extra skill training courses or choose to do courses from other programmes (e.g., Behavioural Science or Artificial Intelligence programmes). Furthermore, the courses stated above you may also choose as elective courses

Thesis & research
P1
P2
P3
P4

The Practical training and Thesis are taken in year 2 of this Master's programme