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Masters in Cognitive Neuropsychology (RM)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Length: 2 years
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Master's degree
Location: Amsterdam
Language: English

Program description

Program description

Study a Masters in Cognitive Neuropsychology in Amsterdam

The Master’s in Cognitive Neuropsychology is a two-year Research Master’s program that operates on the cutting edges between cognitive psychology and clinical neuropsychology. While cognitive psychology is geared towards general theories of brain function, neuropsychology focuses on individual patients with brain damage, whose condition can often provide us with new insights into how the human brain works. Combining these two approaches into one Master’s program is unique in the Netherlands.

The curriculum combines in-depth courses about normal and abnormal cognitive functioning across the life span with essential research skills in the neurosciences. You will learn to interpret fascinating clinical cases using solid cognitive and neuropsychological theories, but also learn to critically evaluate these theories. You will have the option to make an excursion into the emerging fields of educational neuropsychology, social cognition, or other related research areas. Look at our selection of exciting scientific questions we are working on. After choosing the research master in cognitive neuropsychology you might be working on this as well!

The program in a nutshell

The aim of the Research Master's is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to interpret clinical neuropsychological cases in terms of cognitive and neuropsychological theories; to become professional researchers within the area of Cognitive Neuropsychology. The curriculum consists of multiple courses in cognitive psychology, clinical neuropsychology, neuroscience, and general academic skills concerning methodology, writing, and modern brain imaging techniques.

The program is a challenging mix of clinical cases and cognitive theory! The study program will give you the opportunity to obtain knowledge and skills in the area where cognitive psychology and neuropsychology meet. Cognitive neuropsychology is gaining in international prominence and offers you the best of two fields of study.  

You will interpret clinical cases within cognitive-neuropsychological theories and put these theories to the test in a real-life clinical environment. In doing so, you will make use of behavioural measurements, neuropsychological tests and neurophysiological techniques such as EEG and fMRI. The program also has a strong focus on general skills, such as critical analysis and presenting your own research.

Three of the 14 subjects are electives. You will be able to select courses that allow you to explore specific areas. In addition, you will be free in the choice of your research topics. The Practical Skills for Researchers course contains a large research internship, for which you can choose from a range of research lines. And you will have the freedom to choose your own topics in the final phase, when you complete a literature survey and conduct your own thesis project. You can also choose where to do your thesis research; abroad or in Amsterdam. You will conclude your studies by writing a Master’s thesis under the supervision of one of our research staff. Your final thesis assessment will be carried out by two senior researchers

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:

  1. An academic bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence, Biology, Medicine or a closely related subject area.
  2. GPA of 7.5 or higher (or the international equivalent e.g. a B+ or a GPA of 3.3)
  3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English (English language proficiency test).
  4. An active interest in research as indicated by the type of courses attended at undergraduate levels (i.e. a strong presence of science-oriented courses and skill-oriented practical classes).

Continuing studies

Career prospects

A job as... a researcher, a psychogeriatric research consultant or a human factors consultant!

Ultimately you will be trained to become a versatile and skilled researcher who is capable of pursuing a successful career in the Netherlands or internationally within universities, research institutes or a clinical setting. The pharmacological industry also offers good job opportunities for Cognitive Neuropsychological researchers.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880 . The university offers over 120 English taught programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level. Students and staff of 84 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The...

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De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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