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Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences

Are you interested in the basis of consciousness, the mechanisms of learning or the genetics of behaviour? In this programme you study the brain, cognition and behaviour from different perspectives.

The main focus of this Research Master is to train students to become independent researchers. For this purpose, a large proportion of the programme is devoted to two research projects in which the students are embedded in successful research groups to conduct their own research. 

The programme offers three tracks:

  • Animal and Human Behaviour (B-track);
  • Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling (C-track);
  • Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track).

You will become an expert in one of these fields. However, because of the integrated courses and links between these tracks you will also get a unique and truly multi-disciplinary training. The BCN Research Master is one of the the best Neuroscience MSc programmes of the Netherlands (Keuzegids Masters 2015/Dutch Higher Education Guide 2015).

Admission to the programme is highly selective and based on the applicants academic credentials as well as motivation. Every application is screened by the Admissions Board.

Study guide

Are you interested in the basis of consciousness, the mechanisms of learning or the genetics of behaviour? In this programme you study the brain, cognition and behaviour from different perspectives.

The main focus of this Research Master is to train students to become independent researchers. For this purpose, a large proportion of the programme is devoted to two research projects in which the students are embedded in successful research groups to conduct their own research.

The programme offers three tracks:

  • Animal and Human Behaviour (B-track)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling (C-track
  • Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track)

You will become an expert in one of these fields. However, because of the integrated courses and links between these tracks you will also get a unique and truly multi-disciplinary training. The BCN Research Master is one of the the best Neuroscience MSc programmes of the Netherlands (Keuzegids Masters 2015).

Admission to the programme is highly selective and based on the applicants academic credentials as well as motivation. Every application is screened by the Admissions Board.

Study guide

More about this programme
  • Programme movie

    Interval Timing in the Real World - Hedderik van Rijn

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    Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences

    – Programme movie
  • Testimonial of Udo Böhm

    The Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences programme gave me the chance to follow my own interests

    The Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences programme gave me the chance to follow my own interests and develop the skills that are needed for a career in science. BCN is an unique programme in many ways, starting with its size. I've experienced it as a comparably small program with a very good teacher-student ratio, and close interactions between students and teachers. This allowed me to start working on a relevant network early on in my career.

    The personal way of educating has made my studies in Gronigen very enjoyable. I love the fact that there is a lot of emphasis on the idea of a group. Every year a cohort of students start their studies together, share the same initial set of courses and are encouraged to work as a team.

    The structure of the programme is very well thought through. Your start with introductory courses, which provide a good overview of the fields of behavioural and cognitive neurosciences. In the first year you also get the chance to follow a minor research project, which provides a great opportunity to gauge your abilities in conducting research. The second year gave me the freedom to follow my  own interests and to specialise in a field that I would like to do a future PhD project on.

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    – Udo Böhm
  • Testimonial of

    Countering the effects of sleep deprivation by resetting the molecular clock?

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (research)
Croho code
60615
Course type
Research master
Language of instruction
English (100%)
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Start
SeptemberSeptember
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Science and Engineering