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Research Master'sCognitive Neuroscience (research)

What happens in your brain when you act? How is this fascinating, complex ‘micro cosmos’ no bigger than half a football inside your skull organised? If these questions spark your interest, this Master's programme is for you!

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Something for you?

  • This Master’s programme is located within the world-renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, with a research staff of over 900 scientists.
  • Nijmegen is one of the foremost centres of cognitive neuroscience in the world. 
  • This competitive programme provides a sound balance of theory and practice. 
  • You can personalise the programme to best match your research interests by choosing one of the four tracks, skill training, track courses and elective courses.
  • You will be able to use state-of-the-art equipment and research facilities that the Radboud University campus offers. 
  • The programme has its own, student-driven, scientific journal; based on the Stanford Exchange: Proceeding of the Master’s Programme Cognitive Neuroscience.
Why in Nijmegen?

Admission requirements

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Besides all the valuable theoretical knowledge, this Research Master's provided me with many chances for hands-on training.
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What will you learn

Cognitive Neuroscience studies the cognitive and neural basis of mental processes such as perception, action, language, attention and memory. This relatively young discipline seeks to unravel the workings of the human brain. The programme offers four tracks that coincide with the research themes of the Donders Institute. 

  • Language and Communication
  • Perception, Action and Decision-making
  • Development and Lifelong Plasticity 
  • Natural Computing and Neurotechnology

Each track has its own set of seven core courses and a student has to complete 30 EC of these courses to complete their track. The entire programme is in English and the tracks share a common ground in the set of general core courses that are mandatory for all students.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

This Master's programme will give you the qualifications you need to attain a PhD position. About 80 percent of our graduates take on a PhD project in Nijmegen or in other parts of the world. Other graduates find jobs in the commercial sector or at research institutes. Each year there are, on average, about 12 PhD positions available at the graduate schools Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience (DGCN) and the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS).

Career prospects


This Master’s programme 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 900 scientists. This institute has several unique facilities for brain imaging using EEG, fMRI and MEG. You will be able to use these facilities enabling you to do any type of research in this field you would want to. Besides the Donders Institute, there is the Radboud University medical centre and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Their researchers work together very closely, exchange expertise and share state-of-the-art research equipment to unravel the workings of the human brain. 

Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.