Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

The BCN master focuses on three focal and closely related areas of particular strength within the Research School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN) Students specialize in one of these areas.

  1. Animal and Human Behaviour (B-track) (specialization)
    This specialisation is designed for students who are familiar with the basic theoretical foundations of behavioral research and want to learn more about behavioural research. They follow the “four why’s” of the evolution, function, causation and development of behavior.
  2. Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track) (specialization)
    The Neuroscience track is designed for students interested in molecular mechanisms of brain function and of the neuropathology of disease.
  3. Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling (C-track) (specialization)
    This research track focuses on cognitive processing from psychological, neurological and modelling perspectives. The programme is characterized by its interactive setting, offering the unique chance of a truely multidisciplinary education, while becoming an expert in one specialistic track. The programme is taught by an international consortium of teachers, many of them being internationally acknowledged.

BCN graduates will be internationally competitive and well equipped to obtain PhD, postdoctoral and societal positions.

This researchmaster is a selective MSc programme. That is why you first have to pass an admission procedure before you can register with the programme. Students with a bachelor in Life Science & Technology, Psychology and Biology have direct access to this master (after being accepted to this master).

Programme schedule

Year 1

  • Research project (minor thesis) (29 EC)
  • Career related topics (3 EC)
  • Introduction to the Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (4 EC)
  • Colloquia (3 EC)
  • BCN Summer Symposium I (1 EC)
  • Track specific modules to bring the students to a top research level(20 EC)

Year 2

  • BCN Summer Symposium II (1 EC)
  • Researchproject (major thesis) (40 EC)
  • Optional modules (10 EC)
  • Essay (4 EC)
  • Track specific module, other track (5 EC)

Credits in total: 60 ECTS per year. Most courses are 5 ECTS.
Click here for the complete curriculum.

Further information

For more information, please visit the BCN webpage or contact Rachel van der Kaaij.