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Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences


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Are you interested in the neural basis of cognition, the mechanisms of neurodegeneration or the evolution of behaviour?
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 “Entry Requirements” for details).




Master of Science


2 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2023/2024

€ 2,314

€ 20,700


Application requirements

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.

For C-Track: Students are expected to have some programming experience, for example in Python or Matlab. Matlab experience can be obtained by taking the University of Groningen BSc Psychology course Programming for Psychologists (, taking the Coursera course Introduction to Programming with MATLAB ( or self-study (e.g., Borgo, M., Soranzo, A., & Grassi, M. (2012). MATLAB for Psychologists,

Please visit for all the necessary information about required language tests and minimum scores. Additional assessment of language proficiency might be part of the admission procedure.

Admission to this programme is selective. A limited number of students can be accepted. Successful applicants are scientifically and academically driven, and have high grades in relevant courses, demonstrated interest (e.g. research experience) in behavioural and cognitive neurosciences, and good oral and written communication skills. Application deadlines are listed below. Since applications are evaluated on a rolling basis until May 1, you do not have to wait until the application deadline to

The BCN research master is highly selective. Selection will be based on academic performance and motivation to determine if you will be selected for the master's programme. In 2019-20, the average GPA of admitted candidates was 7.9 (Dutch grades). After you have registered via (before May 1st) your application will be requested to pass on to the Admissions Board of the programme.

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Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
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You can check if you're eligible for scholarships that apply to this course.

StuNed Scholarship Programme

StuNed Scholarships for master studies, short courses and customised training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least 2 years' work experience in a development-related organisation.


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