24 months
17000 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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The Master's specialisation in Cognitive Neuroscience - Development and Lifelong Plasticity (Research) at Radboud University  studies the mechanistic underpinnings and behavioural consequences of long-term changes in neural structure and function.

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Memory is at the very heart of our personality: the countless snapshots of our daily experiences have a pervasive and enduring influence on the self. But how are these memories organised in the brain and how are they given value and meaning? The track in Development and Lifelong Plasticity looks at the development and decay of the healthy and the maladaptive brain. The goal is to understand various types of neuroplastic changes in the brain, specifically in patients with for example Alzheimer's disease, stress-related disorders, chronic pain, autism, intellectual disabilities, and ADHD.

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  • Our researchers use genetic, molecular and cellular methods, animal models, as well as human neuroimaging and cognitive neuropsychology.
  • This specialisation in Cognitive Neuroscience - Development and Lifelong Plasticity (Research) at Radboud University works closely with the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), also housed on the Radboud University campus.
  • This track is located within the world-renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, located on the campus of the Radboud University, with a research staff of over 500 scientists.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Neuroimaging
  • Trends in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Lab Rotation
  • Neurophilosophy
  • Neuroanatomy 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You are admissible if you have completed a Bachelor's degree in:
  • Linguistics
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Mathematics
  • Behavioural Sciences (e.g. Psychology)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • or a related discipline
  • To start this Research Master’s programme you will need to have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in one of the above mentioned disciplines from an academic university. A degree from a university of applied science (in Dutch: hbo; German: Fachhochschule) is not sufficient. Completion of a pre-master programme in combination with a degree from a university of applied science is also not sufficient.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 17000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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