Neuroscience and Cognition, M.Sc. | Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
M.Sc. On Campus

Neuroscience and Cognition

24 months
21736 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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Are you interested in doing research to better understand normal and pathological brain function? Do you want to become a specialist in the field of neurosciences? The Neuroscience and Cognition programme at Utrecht University offers you the opportunity to investigate numerous areas of brain functioning that make the neuroscience and cognition field uniquely intriguing and challenging.


An Individualised Approach

Neuroscience and cognition trains you to become a multidisciplinary neuro and/or cognition scientist, fully equipped to face the challenges of modern research in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience and cognition. 

With ample knowledge of the scope of brain and cognitive functioning, you will be prepared to join an international research team investigating the most complex organ of our body. Sounds appealing? The Neuroscience and Cognition programme at Utrecht University might be a perfect fit!

Pick Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience or Cognitive Neuroscience as your track of choice and explore fundamental principles and techniques. 

You get to work in multidisciplinary teams together with students from various bachelor backgrounds such as Biomedical Sciences, Neuro- and Cognitive Psychology, Linguistics, or Artificial Intelligence. 

An ideal preparation for future research positions in public and private research institutes! After the 10-week introductory course Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognition, you will determine an individualised study path with the assistance of the track coordinator, consisting of quality internships, electives and a writing assignment.

Career Prospects

A Master’s degree in Neuroscience and Cognition offers you many career prospects. Graduates continue on to universities and research institutes, teaching hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry. 

They may hold policy and management positions in the science, industry, and healthcare sectors.

In general, graduates will find employment in/at:

  • Teaching hospitals (disease-oriented research)
  • Research institutes (fundamental research in the various areas of the neurosciences)
  • Pharmaceutical industry (research and development)
  • Science, industry, and healthcare sectors (policy and management positions, applied science and design)
  • Clinical settings (neuropsychologist, clinical physicist)


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Basic FMRI Analysis
  • Bioinformatics in Neuroscience: a Web-based Approach
  • Communication in Neuroscience
  • Essentials of Neuroscience
  • Ethology and Welfare
  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience and 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

A relevant Bachelor’s degreeBachelor’s programmes that most likely meet the requirements are:

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Linguistics
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences

Relevant knowledge, insight and skillsIn depth knowledge and insight in the field of neuroscience and/or cognition.

Academic performance: overall score (GPA, average grade, grading tables), and grades for relevant courses

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21736 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 21736 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 Utrecht

900 - 1450 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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