Cognitive Neuroscience (Research)

Course Information
  • Subject: Medical Science, Science
  • Level: Master
  • Type of Degree: MSc
  • Cost: EUR 1,951 2015/2016

Course Description

Cognitive neuroscience studies the cognitive and neural basis of mental processes such as perception, action, language, attention and memory. This relatively young discipline seeks to unravel the workings of the human brain. What happens in our brains when we do what we do? How do those billions of nerve cells collaborate in an organ no bigger than half a football?

Thanks to brain imaging - a technology for measuring and depicting brain activity - scientists are able to observe the human brain in action. As a result of this revolutionary development this discipline has gained tremendous momentum over the past twenty years.

As many already know, cognitive neuroscience is the discipline of the future. Research in the field of cognitive neuroscience is one of the spearheads in the research policy of Radboud University Nijmegen. Scientists from various faculties and top institutes have joined forces within the context of the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience (DGCN) to study the human brain. They closely work together, exchanging expertise and sharing state-of-the-art research equipment.

Are you also interested in the human brain? Would you like to conduct research into the workings of the brain and join an enthusiastic, international group of top researchers? Then the DGCN is the place to be with its multi-faculty research Master's programme in Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc CNS). The MSc CNS programme of the DGCN takes two years and is, of course, of a scientific orientation.


The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour has four research themes and these themes are also expressed by the Master’s programme in the form of four specialisations:

All courses are given by top researchers, who also supervise the traineeships and the writing of the Master’s theses for all specialisations. English is the lingua franca for the entire Master's programme.

Career prospects

After graduating from the two-year research Master’s programme Cognitive Neuroscience, most students (80%-90%) aspire for and find a job as a PhD student.

Each year there are, on average, about 12 PhD positions available at the graduate schools Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience (DGCN) and the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS).

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