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Porgramme overview

General framework of the MSc Cognitive Neuroscience



Theoretical Training Practical Training
- General (compulsory) - General (compulsory)
1. Trends in CNS 6 EC 6. Research Project 45 EC
2. Neuroimaging I 6 EC
3. Neurophilosophy 6 EC
4. Lab rotations 3 EC

5. Choose one of the two

Neuroimaging II courses:

- Electrophysiological Methods

- Haemodynamic Methods

6 EC

- Specialisation

- Choice
Choose five out of seven core courses 30 EC Two Elective CNS courses 12 EC
Skill Training (two 3 EC courses in total, 1 per year) Choose one out of three skill training courses
1. Neuroanatomy 3 EC

4. Academic Writing

3 EC
2. Advanced Math 3 EC

5. Basic statistics for Behavioural Sciences

3 EC
3.Practical ERP training 3 EC 6. Basic Mathematics 3 EC
Total 60 EC Total 60 EC

The MSc CNS programme amounts to 120 EC points. In the first year, 60 EC are devoted to ten compulsory core courses and one skill training course.
In the second year, the research project amounts to 45 EC, with an additional 12 EC reserved for elective courses, plus one skill training course.
Five core courses are compulsory for all students, regardless of specialisation, and these include Trends in Cognitive Neuroscience (6 EC), Neuroimaging I (6 EC), Neurophilosophy (6 EC), Lab Rotations (3 EC), and one of the two Neuroimaging II courses (6 EC). 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, five specialisation core courses (to be chosen out of seven courses offered) are compulsory for each student, complemented by a skill training course.

The second year is largely dedicated to gaining hands-on research experience in one of the participating research institutes and research groups, complemented by a skill training course and two elective 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 (Nijmegen CNS Proceedings of the Cognitive Neuroscience Master of the Radboud University). The table specifies the general framework of the programme. Note that the programme starts with a two-week introduction course, prior to the start of all other courses; see section 4 for more details.

MSc CNS courses provide course sites in the Blackboard system, in which the lecturers provide essential information of their courses, such as Powerpoint slides. In addition, the CNS programme has a Community site on Blackboard on which both lecturers and students can find helpful information like the EER (Education and Examination Regulations), guidelines for research projects, checklists, news, mailing lists, minutes of meetings, etc. Moreover, this site contains the factsheets of all courses containing all the vital information for each course. Students are advised to check the MSc CNS Community site regularly.