Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
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The Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience gives students a solid education in the leading theories, models, techniques, and analytic methods that form the basis for state-of-the-art research in the fields of neuroscience and psychology.
In addition to this broad interdisciplinary training, students receive a comprehensive education in one of the six specialisations Cognitive Neuroscience, Drug Development and Neurohealth, Fundamental Neuroscience, Neuroeconomics, Neuropsychology or Psychopathology.
The selective programme has a strong international orientation and is designed for students who wish to pursue a research-oriented career in psychology, neuroscience, neuroeconomics, drug development or a related field. Each specialisation can admit 20 to 25 students each year. Students will enjoy close interaction with staff, including a personal mentor, to promote their development as a scientist.
|diplomaMSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (research)|
|typeonderzoek, 120 EC|
|opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd|
|heeft geen numerus fixus|
Waarom aan de Maastricht University?
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Introduction to Molecular and Biochemical Techniques
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Advanced Statistics I
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Introduction to Psychology
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Medical Needs & Failures, Target Discovery
Cognitive Neuroscience - Auditory and Higer Order Language Processing
Cognitive Neuroscience - Perception and Attention
Cognitive Neuroscience - Advanced Statistics I
Neuroeconomics - Mathematical Research Tools
Fundamental Neuroscience - Molecular and Biochemical Techniques
Fundamental Neuroscience - Introduction to Psychology
Fundamental Neuroscience - Advanced Statistics I
Neuropsychology - Brain Damage
Neuropsychology - Behavioural Disorders
Neuropsychology - Advanced Statistics I
Psychopathology - Anxiety Disorders
Psychopathology - Mood Disorders
Psychopathology - Advanced Statistics I
Neuroeconomics - Psychology meets Neuroscience meets Economics
Neuroeconomics - Advanced Statistics I
Fundamental Neuroscience - Neuroanatomy
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Big Data in Drug Discovery and Development
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Drug Discovery
Fundamental Neuroscience - Biopsychological Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience - Neuroimaging: Functional MRI
Cognitive Neuroscience - Sensory and Motor Systems
Fundamental Neuroscience - Neurodegeneration
Neuropsychology - Arousal and Attention
Neuropsychology - Ageing
Psychopathology - Stress and Trauma
Neuroeconomics - Microeconomics
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Safety & Drug Metabolism
Psychopathology - Bodily Distress Disorders
Neuroeconomics - Methods of Deactivation
Neuroeconomics - Noninvasive Magnetic Brain Stimulation (TMS)
Neuropsychology - Biopsychology
Cognitive Neuroscience - Noninvasive Brain Stimulations
Cognitive Neuroscience - Methods of Deactivation
Fundamental Neuroscience - Neurological Neuroscience
Fundamental Neuroscience - Surgery for Intractable Movement and Psychology
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Valorisation
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Advanced Statistics II
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Clinical Development
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Registration and Pharmacovigilance
Fundamental Neuroscience - Neuroplasticy and Pain
Fundamental Neuroscience - Advanced Statistics II
Neuropsychology - Advanced Statistics II
Neuroeconomics - Functional Brain Imaging in Neuroeconomics
Neuroeconomics - Social Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience - Advanced Statistics II
Cognitive Neuroscience - Advanced FMRI
Cognitive Neuroscience - Real Time fMRI and Neurofeedback
Neuroeconomics - Advanced Statistics II
Fundamental Neuroscience - Neuroimmunology and Inflammation
Neuropsychology - Executive Control
Psychopathology - Developmental Psychopathology
Psychopathology - Eating Disorders
Psychopathology - Advanced Statistics II
Fundamental Neuroscience - Commercializing Science and Technology
Psychopathology - Psychiatric Epidemiology
Neuroeconomics - Microeconomics II
Neuropsychology - Stress, the Brain and Depression
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Neuropsychopharmacology
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Psychopharmacology
Fundamental Neuroscience - Psychiatric Neuroscience
Neuropsychology - Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Fundamental Neuroscience - Functional Brain Imaging
Neuropsychology - Functional Brain Imaging
Neuroeconomics - Timing Neural Processing with EEG and MEG
Cognitive Neuroscience - Timing Neural Processing with EEG and MEG
Cognitive Neuroscience - Basic Mathematical Methods
Psychopathology - Psychosis
Psychopathology - Functional Brain Imaging
Psychopathology - The Application of Coginitve Methods in Psychopathology Research
Cognitive Neuroscience - Translational Neuroscience and Beyond
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Personalised Healthcare
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Biomedical Imaging
Neuropsychology - Neuropsychopharmacology
Fundamental Neuroscience - Psychiatric Epidemiology
Neuropsychology - Psychiatric Epidemiology
Neuropsychology - Psychopharmacology
Neuroeconomics - Experimental Economics Methods
Psychopathology - Mental Health and Happiness
Psychopathology - Psychopharmacology
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Applied Therapeutics
Cognitive Neuroscience - Memorising Experiences and Experiencing Memory
Research Grant Writing Course
Fundamental Neuroscience - Molecular Genetics
Fundamental Neuroscience - Laboratory Animal Science
Neuropsychology - Brain, Learning and Memory
Cognitive Neuroscience - Signal Analysis
Psychopathology - Personality Disorders
Neuropsychology - Cognitive Development
Neuropsychology - Neuropsychological Assessment in Children
Neuroeconomics - Behavioural Economics
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Reserach Internship and Thesis
Cognitive Neuroscience - Research Internship and Thesis stage
Fundamental Neuroscience - Behavioural Tests and Models
Neuroeconomics - Research Internship and Thesis stage
Fundamental Neuroscience - Research Internship and Thesis stage
Psychopathology - Clinical Internship (20EC) or Research Internship (30EC or 50EC) stage
Neuropsychology - Clinical Internship (20EC) or Research Internship (30EC or 50EC) stage
Fundamental Neuroscience - Electrophysiology: From Single Cell Activity to 'Cognitive' Markers
specialisatie Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience aims at understanding the neural basis of human cognition, perception and behaviour, using the most advanced non-invasive brain imaging techniques (including fMRI, TMS, EEG).
In this specialisation students acquire a unique combination of in-depth methodological and theoretical knowledge to optimally use brain imaging techniques and unravel how the 'working' brain creates a conscious mind.
Students receive extensive hands-on training in all aspects of neuroimaging research, including experimental design, recording and manipulating brain activation and advanced data analysis. This methodological approach is combined with theoretical knowledge on human behaviour and cognition, including auditory and visual perception, sensation and action, attention, language, reading and dyslexia, consciousness and brain-computer interface.
Neuropsychology focuses on brain-behaviour interactions in understanding cognitive and affective processes from normal to disordered function, using state-of-the-art clinical and neuroimaging methods.
The Neuropsychology specialisation offers an integrated curriculum that includes most aspects of basic and applied neuroscience. Under the guidance of a multidisciplinary team of mainly
psychologists , psychiatrists and psychopharmacologists as well as biologists, you will learn to use state-of-the art clinical and neuroimaging
techniques (like EEG and fMRI) and biopsychological laboratoryfacilities.
The specialisation in Psychopathology provides students with the theoretical background and clinical insights necessary for future research in the various fields related to mental health.
Interactive core seminars cover biopsychosocial theories and state-of-the-art research on epidemiology, genetics, and psychological and neurobiological mechanisms. These concepts are crucial in understanding the onset, course, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders throughout the life cycle. In addition to the coverage of specific disorders, attention is paid to positive psychology and to broader issues and controversies, such as gender and cultural differences, the validity of experimental and animal models of psychopathology, and gene-environment interactions.
specialisatie Fundamental Neuroscience
The specialisation in Fundamental Neuroscience provides students with both the theoretical background and practical experience of researchers at the interface between biology and psychology.
Compared to other programmes, Fundamental Neuroscience not only offers formal education in brain function at a biological and psychological level, but adds to this interdisciplinary cross-integration in a neuroscience context with single brain cells as a starting point. Consequently, the focus is on
acquiring the molecular biological, neuroanatomical,immunocytochemical, electrophysiological,and behavioural techniques necessary for preclinical basic research. As such, access to
state-of-the-art laboratories is available, including microscopy, molecular biology, and biochemistry
laboratories for tissue processing, cell culturing, histochemistry, proteomics, and genomics.
Neuroeconomics is a truly interdisciplinary endeavour aiming at understanding human individual and social decision making by investigating their neuronal basis and underlying psychological processes.
Neuroeconomics combines theoretical and empirical research methods and techniques from neuroscience, economics and psychology into a unified approach. The resulting synthesis avoids the shortcomings that may arise from a single perspective approach and aims at an integrative understanding of human decision making, ranging from explaining decisions in complex social situations, like helping strangers, to the very foundations of decision-making: How do we decide when facing different choice options?
specialisatie Drug Development and Neurohealth
This specialisation provides a theoretical background and practical experience in pharmaceutical drug research & development, medicinal nutrition and personalised Healthcare.
The programme covers the process of bringing a new pharmaceutical drug to the market once a lead compound has been identified (drug discovery). It includes pre-clinical research (in-vitro/ in-vivo) and clinical trials (in volunteers and patients) and obtaining marketing authorization. Molecular, biological, neuroanatomical, electrophysiological, and behavioural techniques as well as biomarker development into diagnostics, clinical trial methodology and pharmacovigilance are taught.
|taal van onderwijs||100% en|
onderwijsvormenpracticum, internship, lecture, self study, research, tutorial, working group
Toelating en studiekosten
|1 september 2017||aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2017|
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 13000
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 13000
|1 september 2018||aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2018|
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The second stage of the admission procedure entails an individual interview and a 45-minute analytic writing assignment. Interviews with selected candidates will take place in February (first selection round) or in April (second selection round). If you are invited for the interview and you live either in the Netherlands or within a 200 km radius of Maastricht, you will be expected to attend in person. A Skype interview can be arranged if you live further away.
Official test results indicating:
- a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (internet-based test, test code 7102),
- a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no component less than 6)
- Cambridge Proficiency test: CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with grade A, B or C or CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) with grade A, B or C.
- Exceptions: please visit our website
Admission is limited to those with at least a university bachelor degree, completed before 1 September 2017. The Board of Admissions has not set a minimum GPA as an admission requirement. Although your academic record is an important indicator of your suitability for this programme, the Board of Admissions will base its decision on your total application.
Two (academic) references.
A motivation letter (in English) describing your background and motivation for research training in the chosen specialisation (maximum 500 words).
inbegrepen in collegegeld
estimated monthly costs
|€||308||kamerhuur in Maastrichtrond het landelijk gemiddelde|
|€||158||collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar|
|€||80||studieboeken en -spullen|
|€||77||uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen|
|€||132||vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie|
|€||42||vervoernaast de OV-kaart|
|€||1176||totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181|
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|15863||studenten aan de Maastricht University|
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|24 m2||gemiddelde kameroppervlak|
aan het woord
Nicole LeiboldThe specialisation Fundamental Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary orientated programme, which offers the great opportunity to combine neuroscience with psychology, while the focus remains on the molecular level.
During the last two years of my master's, I acquired important skills: theoretical knowledge and practical experience, which together create the perfect premise for successful future research. For instance, we discussed the possible underlying mechanisms of various psychiatric disorders and we acquired skills in innovative techniques used in neuroscience...
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“Personally, I felt like a protégé taken care of right from the start of the research master's programme, quickly being able to work as a student assistant for my mentor gaining priceless insights into real life science. During my in-house internship, I was able to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan people's brains...
Once I finished with my master's thesis, I presented it at an international conference, where I was representing the programme, helping to organise the student participation. After that, my future was taken care of I started my PhD studies at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience under the supervision of my mentor. The research master's was certainly my crucial step into the neuroscience community, opening up more and more doors along the way.”
Nick Kilian-Hütten (Germany)
Research master's graduate in Cognitive Neuroscience
PhD candidate, Maastricht University
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Passion for research
-In my PhD project, I am using fMRI to investigate age-related differences in brain activation associated with learning and memory tasks in young and middle-aged adults. Rather than examining aging effects in isolation, I am also investigating the effects of cognitive fatigue and acute caffeine administration on age-related differences...
I began my studies with a double bachelor's degree majoring in neuroscience, pharmacology, and psychology in Western Australia. Throughout my studies, I discovered that my real interests lay in the area of Neuropsychopharmacology, the overlap between the three disciplines. The research master's further prepared me to do great research in this area and afforded me the opportunity to dedicate a substantial amount of time to my own research project during the internship. Furthermore, although research is my primary passion, in choosing a master's degree I also wanted a course that would give me more insight into the clinical side of neuropsychology. The research master's fulfilled this requirement and also allowed me to gain experience in a clinical setting.â€
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Rongqin Yu (China)
Studying psychopathology at Maastricht University was a challenging but rewarding experience. This programme has many strengths. The well-designed courses are taught by leading experts in their fields and enable you to grasp knowledge at the frontier.
The colloquium series offers opportunities to meet outstanding scholars from other disciplines. The workshops and skill trainings prepare you to be a good researcher or clinician, step by step...
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Na de studie
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- scientific research and policy functions in research institutes
- somatic and mental health treatment institutions
- forensic institutes
- centres for educational research and counselling
- insurance providers
- government agencies
- pharmaceutical, food, and medical technology industries
On average, more than 90% of our graduates find their desired job or training position within 3-6 months after graduation. The majority (75%) embark on PhD projects at top universities. Another 15% pursue clinical training or are employed in industry.
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