Neuroscience

Our brain contains many ingenious networks of millions of interconnected neurons. Together, they have a storage capacity and flexibility that far exceed modern supercomputers, or any artificial intelligent system. The Master’s specialisation in Neuroscience aims at unravelling the neurobiological and neurocomputational mechanisms of this fascinating, complex system. We study the full spectrum from molecule to man, and from experiment to advanced theory and models.

Choose this specialisation if you are interested in

  • Perception, action and control | Studying sensorimotor mechanisms, their cognitive and computational components, their clinical implications, and their relevance for robotics.
  • Plasticity and memory | The development and decay of the healthy and the diseased brain.
  • Brain networks and neuronal communication | Complex neural networks, ranging from interactions between individual neurons to communication between different brain areas and the outside world.

Why study this specialisation at Radboud University?

  • Radboud University is the only university in the Netherlands that covers the complete research field of Neuroscience, from cognition to behaviour, and from subcellular processes, to single cell analysis and big data.
  • The courses are focused on research: they will cover the latest developments in brain research and technology, and help you develop essential academic skills.
  • You will get the chance to work with researchers from the world-renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and build up a high-profile network for your future career.
  • You will work with students and researchers from different backgrounds and become acquainted with a wide variety of research methods and scientific approaches.

Programme outline (2 years, 120 EC)

The programme of this specialisation depends on the Master’s that you follow: Medical Biology, Molecular Life Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, or Science.

Science

  • Compulsory courses (15 EC)
  • Specialisation electives (6 EC)
  • Free electives (6 EC)
  • Philosophy elective (3 EC)
  • Internship 1 (39-54 EC)
  • Literature thesis (6 EC)
  • Internship 2 (30-45 EC)

Physics and Astronomy

  • Compulsory courses (22 EC)
  • Specialisation electives (20 EC)
  • Free electives (18 EC)
  • Internship (60 EC)

Molecular Life Sciences

  • Compulsory courses (21 EC)
  • Specialisation electives (6 EC)
  • Free electives (6 EC)
  • Philosophy elective (3 EC)
  • 2 Internships (2 x 36 EC)
  • Literature thesis (6 EC)
  • 2 Internship courses (2 x 3 EC)

Medical Biology

  • Compulsory courses (24 EC)
  • Specialisation electives (15 EC)
  • Philosophy elective (3 EC)
  • 2 Internships (2 x 36 EC)
  • Literature thesis (6 EC)

Research internship

During your internship(s), you will be responsible for your own experiments, under the supervision of one of our top researchers. At the Science Faculty of Radboud University, the relevant departments are:

Of course, you can also choose to do your research project at a company or abroad. For suggestions, you can contact one of the professors above or the student advisor.

Courses

This specialisation contains four compulsory courses. The remaining programme depends on the Master’s that you follow.

Compulsory courses

  • Behavioural Neuroscience (3 EC)
  • Systems Neuroscience (3 EC)
  • Methods in Neuroscience (3 EC)
  • Systematic Review in Neuroscience (6 EC)

All courses and course descriptions are listed in the online prospectus.

Your advantages on the labour market

The Master’s specialisation in Neuroscience is an excellent preparation for a future career in science, and it will also provide you with general skills that are required for any other job you aspire:

  • The ability to structure complex problems
  • Excellent social skills for working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Extensive experience in presentations
  • Academic writing skills

Admission requirements

You are required to have a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biology (with a minor in Medical Biology, Neurobiology or Medicine), Molecular Life Sciences, Psychobiology, Physics & Astronomy, Physics, Applied Physics, Science, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely related discipline. You must also have a sufficient proficiency in English. Students from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO) need to follow a pre-Master’s. Other additional deficiency programmes are tailor made. For details, please visit the website or contact the student advisor.

Application procedure

The programme starts in September. The application deadline is 1 April for students from non-EU/EEA countries and 1 May for students from within the EU/EEA. Depending on your previous education, you apply for the Master’s programme in Medical Biology, Molecular Life Sciences, Science or Physics and Astronomy. Dutch students can apply via studielink.nl and international students can apply via www.ru.nl/masters/application. After admittance to the Master’s programme, you can enrol for the specialisation of your choice.

More information

Student advisor Medical Biology: Conny Mooren
medicalbiology@ru.nl, +31 (0)24 365 22 81

Student advisor Molecular Life Sciences: Gerrie Coppens
molecularlifesciences@ru.nl, +31 (0)24 365 30 28

Student advisor Physics & Astronomy: Emily van Mierlo
physicsandastronomy@ru.nl, +31 (0)24 365 30 13

Student advisor Science: Marjolijn Roeters
science@ru.nl, +31 (0)24 365 20 29

Prospectus: www.ru.nl/prospectus/sciencefaculty
www.ru.nl/masters/neuroscience