Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Are you interested in the basis of consciousness, the mechanisms of learning or the genetics of behaviour? In this programme you study the brain, cognition and behaviour from different perspectives.

The main focus of this Research Master is to train students to become independent researchers. For this purpose, a large proportion of the programme is devoted to two research projects in which the students are embedded in successful research groups to conduct their own research.

The programme offers three tracks:

  • Animal and Human Behavioural Neurosciences (B-track)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling (C-track)
  • Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track)

You will become an expert in one of these fields. However, because of the integrated courses and links between these tracks you will also get a unique and truly multi-disciplinary training. The BCN Research Master is one of the the best Neuroscience MSc programmes of the Netherlands (Keuzegids Masters 2017).

Admission to the programme is highly selective and based on the applicants academic credentials as well as motivation. Every application is screened by the Admissions Board.

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diplomaMSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (research)
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma
Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences

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

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specialisatie Animal and Human Behavioural Neurosciences (B-track)

Designed for students who are familiar with the basic theoretical foundations of behavioural research. They follow the "four why's" of the evolution, function, causation and development of behavior.

Thorough evolutionary insight is necessary for guiding the causal analysis of behaviour, just as we can not understand its evolution without physiological knowledge. Hence we link the functional and physiological analysis of behavior. This holds also for human behavior where particular emphasis is placed on evolutionary psychology. Development of behavior is a further key to understand the complex regulation of behavior in adulthood, the origins of individuality and the constraints and plasticity in behavioural adaptation.

Bachelor-Master connections: Life Science and Technology, Biology

The coordinator of the B-track is prof. Anton Scheurink:

specialisatie Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track)

The Neuroscience track is designed for students interested in molecular mechanisms of brain function and of the neuropathology of disease.

The brain and the central nervous system are the key players in behaviour and cognition. The Neuroscience track is designed for students interested in molecular mechanisms of brain function and of the neuropathology of disease. The programme focuses on molecular and functional neurosciences, neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases, neuroinflammatory processes and stem cell biology. The courses emphasize the anatomy of the nervous system, neurotransmission and transduction cascades, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and neuropathology. The latest insights in Parkinson's disease, sleep and sleep disorders, obesity, aggression, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, and stroke related pathology will be discussed.

Bachelor-Master connections: Medicine, Biomedical Sciences

The coordinator of the N-track is dr. Liesbeth Veenhoff

specialisatie Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling (C-track)

This research track focuses on cognitive processing from psychological, neurological and modelling perspectives.

The psychological aspect is covered in expert courses on psychological phenomena such as learning, memory and attention. The neurological aspects entail specialized courses on neuroscience, both from functional, clinical and biological perspectives, and training in different methodologies (e.g., fMRI, TMS, EEG) to study brain processes. The modelling aspects focuses on abstract characterization of cognitive processing. These characterizations can take the form of statistical or computational models. This enables researchers to establish causal relations between behavioural and neurological phenomena and cognitive theories.

Bachelor-master connections: Psychology, Artificial Intelligence

The coordinator of the C-track is dr. M.R. (Mark) Nieuwenstein:


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
20% theorie
60% praktijk
Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Toelating en studiekosten

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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
collegegeld nog niet bekend

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.

reference letter
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

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 9500levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 75inschrijvingsgeldin het eerste jaar
€ 500studiematerialenper jaar
€ 750visa/permitvoor de gehele opleiding

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


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28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Udo Böhm
The Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences programme gave me the chance to follow my own interests

The Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences programme gave me the chance to follow my own interests and develop the skills that are needed for a career in science. BCN is an unique programme in many ways, starting with its size. I've experienced it as a comparably small program with a very good teacher-student ratio, and close interactions between students and teachers. This allowed me to start working on a relevant network early on in my career.

The personal way of educating has made my studies in Gronigen very enjoyable. I love the fact that there is a lot of emphasis on the idea of a group...
Your start with introductory courses, which provide a good overview of the fields of behavioural and cognitive neurosciences. In the first year you also get the chance to follow a minor research project, which provides a great opportunity to gauge your abilities in conducting research. The second year gave me the freedom to follow my  own interests and to specialise in a field that I would like to do a future PhD project on.

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In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 23 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

As a graduate of this programme, you can work as a researcher, both in the academic world and other fields. Because of their multi-disciplinary training, graduates of this degree positively distinguish themselves: you can easily grasp the bigger picture and are able to familiarise yourself with new fields and methodologies quickly.
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