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Masters in Neurosciences (RM)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
September 2019
Application deadline: 01 April 2019
2,083 EUR
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Program description

Neurosciences: learn about the brain's complexity

Brain disorders, in particular neurodegenerative diseases and mental illnesses, are among the most prevalent and debilitating diseases of our time. They are typically caused by the interplay of environmental factors and genetic variation in multiple genes, which is currently being mapped by major international initiatives. Future brain research should therefore focus on integrative projects as a next step in characterizing this complex environmental/genetic interplay and in revealing how it translates into brain function and/or disease. To succeed, we need a new generation of neuroscientists capable of integrating information from genes and proteins to synapses, and from networks up to complex brain function and dysfunction. Are you ready for the challenge?

The mission of the Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam is to study the brain and its disease mechanisms through an integrative approach running from molecule-to-bedside. We apply a systems biology approach of the brain where clinicians and clinical researchers are working side-by-side with neuroscientists, geneticists, psychologists, biophysicists and statisticians. The Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam currently is the largest neuroscience research community gathered on one campus in the Netherlands. They strongly focus on molecular neurobiology, going all the way from biophysics, genetics, genomics and systems biology of the synapse, to heritability and genetic basis of brain function.

The program in a nutshell

The program offers you the knowledge, skills and insight you need to operate as a professional within the field of neurosciences. An independent professional that will be a suitable candidate for a PhD position. Having completed the program, you will have developed a critical scientific approach and an awareness of the ethical and societal aspects of neurosciences.

The Master’s in Neurosciences is a two-year, full-time program. The program is fully taught in English. Teaching comprises lectures, research seminars, work groups, demonstrations, lab visits and practicals.

First year

The first year consists of compulsory courses, to give you a thorough grounding in relevant disciplines. These courses are followed by a 5-month work placement. You will have a wide range of work placement opportunities to choose from, within the VU University Amsterdam and affiliated institutes.

Second year (research specialization)

The second year consists of optional courses, to expand your knowledge of certain areas. They have constructed six tracks, which give you a perfect start as a researcher in a particular field of neurosciences:

  • Neurogenomics
  • Neurophysiology
  • Animal Behavior and Systems Neurosciences
  • Behavioral and Medical Genomics
  • Psychophysiology
  • Clinical Neurosciences

In addition, to these tracks, you can compose your own set of 4 optional courses.

During the last six months of the program you carry out your second work placement. The program encourages you to complete your second traineeship outside VU University Amsterdam, and if possible, at an institute abroad.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or Psychology with a Biological Psychology or Neuropsychology profile (or a BSc degree in a closely related discipline e.g. Movement Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or Medicine).
  2. GPA of 7.5 or higher (or the international equivalent e.g. a B+ or a GPA of 3.5)
  3. Minimum grade of 8 (or international equivalent, e.g. an A, or a 4.0), for both the Bachelor’s thesis and neuroscience-related courses
  4. Two recommendation letters.
  5. A motivation letter, explaining active interest in neuroscience research and have clear ideas about a future career in neuroscience
  6. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English (English language proficiency test).

Tuition fees

The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,060.


MSc in Neurosciences

Career opportunities

Career prospects

The vast majority (70%) of graduates of the Master’s program in Neurosciences go on to join a PhD program either at VU University Amsterdam or at another academic institute in the Netherlands or abroad. A PhD will prepare you for

  • a top position at a university
  • a research institute such as the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
  • in the corporate sector, with companies such as Solvay, Philips Duphar, Janssen Pharmaceutica and Organon

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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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