Testimonial Cynthia Mak
“The mystery of how the brain works!”
“I found it difficult to decide on a specific direction while I was doing my bachelor's, although I was more interested in a smaller specialisation, where you can stand out more on the job market. Applied Neuroscience is relatively new and it's only available in Leiden. That made it a good choice for me.
The Master's is made up of four modules, including a lot of neurology-related subjects, such as Learning, cognition & the brain, where you learn which areas of the brain are involved in learning processes...
After graduating I wanted to carry on and do a PhD, but unfortunately I just missed being accepted. My current work isn't really related to my study, although I do enjoy it. But I would like to do more research at some point in the future.
There's such a lot still to be discovered about how the brain works, and researchers are making new discoveries all the time. Neuroscientific research can help us understand certain 'invisible' illnesses, which makes it highly socially relevant. This is a distinctive master's where you really have the chance to get involved in this kind of research. You're not so much concerned with how behaviour manifests itself, but with the neural basis for the behaviour. If you find that interesting, I can thoroughly recommend this specialisation to you.”
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