M.Sc. On Campus

Applied Neuroscience in Human Development

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Are you interested in the neurocognitive and biological roots of learning, behaviour and emotions in children? If so, the Applied Neuroscience in Human Development MSc programme at Leiden University might be the specialisation you are looking for.


The Applied Neuroscience in Human Development MSc programme is one of the nine specialisations of the master’s programme in Education and Child Studies that you can choose at Leiden University.

The primary focus in the curriculum of the master specialisation Applied Neuroscience in Human Development is on how knowledge about brain functioning and stress regulation can contribute to educational practice, clinical work, family interventions, and – conversely – how these applications can contribute to optimal neurocognitive and biological functioning.

As a graduate you will have acquired knowledge and skills in:

  • The basics of the functional anatomy of the brain, the development of the brain and nervous system, and genetic and environmental factors influencing cognitive development and functioning;
  • Methods and instruments for measuring and studying the quality of the (central) nervous system, such as EEG, brain imaging techniques such as MRI, parameters of the arousal system such as heart rate and skin conductance, eye tracking, genetics and the hormone system;
  • Possibilities for prevention and intervention aimed at optimizing brain functioning and the regulation of thought, emotions and behavior.

Why choose this specialisation?

  • Knowledge of children’s normal development is a requirement to be able to design and understand research on problematic developmental processes and outcomes.
  • This master’s specialisation is intended for you if you wish to become an expert in the neurocognitive and biological correlates of emotions, learning, and behavior, both in non-clinical parents and children and in case of problematic development.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Developmental clinical neuroscience
  • Learning, cognition and the brain
  • Neuroscience in clinical assessment and treatment
  • Child abuse and neglect, neurobiological aspects and intervention
  • Methods and instruments in cognitive and affective neuroscience

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

Holders of one of the following degrees may be admitted to one of the specialisations of the programme:

  • a Bachelor’s degree Pedagogische Wetenschappen from Leiden University;
  • a research (i.e. not a professional) Bachelor’s degree programme in the field of Education and Child Studies, provided this programme contains (1) at least 20 ec in research methods and statistics of social and behavioral sciences and the use of data analyse software, and (2) at least 60 ec in Education and Child or Education and Child Studies relevant subjects.
  • Also admitted may be those who have successfully completed the Pre-master’s programme Pedagogische Wetenschappen (taught in Dutch) from Leiden University.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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.

Our partners

Applied Neuroscience in Human Development
Leiden University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!