Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences
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In this programme, you can study the function and mechanisms of the brain and behaviour from three different perspectives:
- Animal and Human Behavioural Neurosciences (B-track)
- Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling (C-track)
- Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track)
In these tracks, you will deepen your knowledge of the aims and methods of your chosen domain (See “Programme” for more info). In addition, thanks to integrated courses and links between tracks, you will get a unique opportunity to acquire multi-disciplinary skills and training in the neurosciences.
The main focus of this Research Master is to train students to become independent researchers. For this purpose, a large portion of the programme is devoted to two research projects (in total 70 ECTS) in which the students are embedded in research groups to conduct their own experiments. Students are encouraged to perform one of these research projects abroad.
The BCN Research Master is one of the best Neuroscience master programmes of the Netherlands (Dutch Higher Education Guide 2017 - Keuzegids Masters 2017).
Admission to the programme is selective, based on the applicant’s academic credentials and motivation (See “Admission and application” for details).
|diplomaMSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (research)|
|typeonderzoek, 120 EC|
|opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd|
|heeft geen numerus fixus|
Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?
- Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Keuzegids Masters 2017)
- Excellent research facilities including University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), NeuroImaging Center and Centre for Life Sciences
- More than 75% enrolment in PhD projects after graduation
- Integrated teaching by top researchers from three faculties in small groups
- Students collaborate in stable cohorts during the 2 years
specialisatie Animal and Human Behavioural Neurosciences (B-track)
The B-track focuses on the neurobiology as well as the function and evolution of behaviour.
Neurobiological, physiological, developmental and (epi)genetic processes are crucial to understand the evolution, function, causation and development of behaviour. Exploring these fields will provide insights in brain circuitry and processes driving human and animal behaviour. Courses in the B-track cover chronobiology (circadian and annual rhythms), evolution of behaviour (development, causation, evolution and adaptive significance), neuroendocrinology, physiology and behaviour (brain-periphery interactions, energy balance, eating disorders), and individuality of behaviour (trait-like patterns, behavioural and physiological responses). Students perform a minor and major research project where they acquire fundamental and scientific knowledge skills on animal and human behavioural neurosciences. Altogether the B-track prepares students for a scientific career in the behavioural neuroscience field.
Bachelor-Master connections: Life Science and Technology, Biology
The coordinator of the B-track is prof. Anton Scheurink: http://www.rug.nl/staff/a.j.w.scheurink/
specialisatie Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track)
The N-track focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie neuronal development, function and communication.
Investigating these molecular and cellular pathways contributes to understanding the neuronal basis of cognition and behaviour and is essential for the development of strategies to detect, treat or even prevent neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases. Courses in the N-track cover the anatomy of the nervous system, neurotransmission and transduction cascades, neurophysiology, stem cell biology, protein homeostasis and quality control, neuropathology, neuropharmacology and neuroinflammation. Students engage in diverse research projects that range from basic research in simple model systems to translational studies in clinical departments but ultimately share a common interest in addressing neuroscience-related research questions at the molecular and cellular level. Altogether, the N-track master prepares students for a future research career in the molecular neurosciences.
Bachelor-Master connections: (Molecular) Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences and Technology.
The coordinator of the N-track is dr. Liesbeth Veenhoff http://www.rug.nl/staff/l.m.veenhoff/
specialisatie Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling (C-track)
The C-track focuses on cognitive processes and their implementation through neural mechanisms at the systems-level.
By characterizing and modelling the functional and neural implementation of cognitive processes, a fundamental understanding of both the workings of the healthy brain and mind can be achieved, and of how cognitive functioning breaks down in case of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Courses in the C-track offer knowledge and hands-on training in advanced statistical analyses, EEG and fMRI methods, cognitive modelling, and cognitive neuropsychiatry. In addition, students execute two research projects in which they can pursue and develop their interests and research skills. Altogether, training in the C-track prepares students for a PhD position in the field of cognitive neuroscience.
Bachelor-Master connections: Bachelor programs that teach knowledge and skills in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. For instance, Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Human Movement Sciences.
The coordinator of the C-track is dr. Mark Nieuwenstein, https://www.rug.nl/staff/m.r.nieuwenstein/
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Toelating en studiekosten
|1 september 2018||aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018|
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14350
|1 september 2019||aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019|
wettelijk tarief : € 2083
instellingstarief : € 14650
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14600
English proficiency at VWO level is required.
A Bachelor's degree in the Life Sciences, (Molecular) Biology, Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, Psychology or related programmes. The Admissions Board determines whether the content of the previous degree programme meets the admission requirements.
Please provide us with the names of two qualified referees, preferably the supervisor of your BSc thesis.
Please make sure that your motivation letter addresses the following points:
- Motivation for the BCN Research Master
- Preferred track and motivation for this track
- Discuss your previous relevant coursework and/or research experience
- Future career goals
|€ 9500||levensonderhoudper jaar|
|€ 75||inschrijvingsgeldin het eerste jaar|
|€ 500||studiematerialenper jaar|
|€ 750||visa/permitvoor de gehele opleiding|
estimated monthly costs
|€||303||kamerhuur in Groningenrond 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|
|€||1171||totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181|
Studenten en studentenleven
|62||studenten volgen deze opleiding|
|65%||daarvan is vrouw|
|4||eerstejaars gestart in 2017|
|75%||daarvan is vrouw|
|28510||studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen|
|51%||daarvan is vrouw|
Op kamers in Groningen
|€ 303||gemiddelde kamerprijs|
|21 m2||gemiddelde kameroppervlak|
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I have the chance to develop my skills in whichever direction I want them to go. But it is not only the research experiences I gain; BCN is more than just a Master's degree programme...
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