Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication

Studying the interaction between and within groups of neurons, and how they affect our interactions with the outside world.

The time has come to study the brain not as a passive response device but as a network in which we consider ongoing activity before, during, and after a stimulus. The specialisation in Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication deals with brain networks ranging from the smallest scale, the communication between individual neurons, up to the largest scale: communication between different brain areas. Using advanced mathematical tools, this specialisation prepares students for cutting-edge neuroscience research.

Students interested in this specialisation are expected to already have a high level of mathematical skills and/or training in physics, engineering or computer science in their Bachelor’s studies.

A large majority of our graduates gain a PhD position, while other graduates find jobs in the commercial sector or at research institutes. Graduates of this specialisation may more readily find a position with one a government institution or specialised companies (e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry).

Why study Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication at Radboud University?

  • Researchers in Nijmegen combine new techniques for electrophysiological and anatomical measurements of connectivity and activation with data analysis and the experimental application of these techniques. This is done in studies of cognition in not just humans but also non-human primates and rodents.
  • Exceptional students who choose this specialisation have the opportunity to do a double degree programme with either Neuroscience or Artificial Intelligence. This will take three instead of two years.
  • This competitive programme provides a sound balance of theory and practice. Our selective approach guarantees excellence, especially during the research training period.
  • And the advantages of the Master’s programme in Cognitive Neuroscience in general.