M.Sc. On Campus

Brain and Cognitive Sciences

University of Amsterdam

24 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The Brain and Cognitive Sciences programme of the University of Amsterdam offers a broad selection of tracks that investigate all aspects of the field, from the molecule to the mind. The programme is unique in its interdisciplinary perspective that incorporates the fields of neuroscience, neurology, psychology, behavioural economics, linguistics, logic, computation and philosophy.


Studying Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam

Students benefit from the wide-ranging, leading expertise available at the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center (ABC), the different research labs at the UvA and from the opportunity to participate in research projects led by internationally renowned ABC researchers. The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences forms a challenging, interdisciplinary and international arena in which highly motivated researchers and students endeavour to understand the brain, its development and its disorders.

The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences is offered by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS), in close collaboration with the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center (ABC).

Career prospects

The Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences provides its graduates with the necessary theoretical, intellectual and empirical tools to pursue an academic career (PhD programme) in cognitive and neurosciences or in a related discipline. In addition to an academic career, graduates of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences programme also find work in applied research.

A career in other fields

Students who decided not to continue in academia continued their career in the following fields:

  • IT-sector (interaction design, usability, computer supported cooperative work, knowledge management, etc.)
  • consulting
  • human resources
  • science writing
  • education

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Milestones, Promises and Pitfalls
  • Advanced Neural and Cognitive Modelling
  • Cognition and Language Development
  • Matlab Programming for Neuroscientists
  • How Music Works: Music Cognition
  • Philosophy of Cognition and the Brain: From Neurons to Embodied Cognition

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

Depending on the track of choice the applicant must hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent

  • Behavioural Neuroscience track: Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology, Biomedical Science, Biology or equivalent
  • Cognitive Neuroscience track: Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology, (Cognitive/Biological) Psychology, Cognitive Science or equivalent.
  • Cognitive Science track: Bachelor's degree in (Cognitive) Psychology, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Philosophy or equivalent

Applicants with another Bachelor's degree may also be admitted to the Research Master provided they have an adequate academic background in the field of neuroscience and/or cognitive sciences

Letter of intent

Letters of recommendation

GPA equivalent to at least: 3.0 (American system), 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system), 7,5 (Dutch EC-system)

English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
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  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
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Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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