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Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences

Programma-opties

  • Animal and Human Behavioural Neurosciences (B-track) (specialisatie)

    The B-track focuses on the neurobiology as well as the function and evolution of behaviour.

    Neurobiological, physiological, developmental and (epi)genetic processes are crucial to understand the evolution, function, causation and development of behaviour. Exploring these fields will provide insights in brain circuitry and processes driving human and animal behaviour. Courses in the B-track cover chronobiology (circadian and annual rhythms), evolution of behaviour (development, causation, evolution and adaptive significance), neuroendocrinology, physiology and behaviour (brain-periphery interactions, energy balance, eating disorders), and individuality of behaviour (trait-like patterns, behavioural and physiological responses). Students perform a minor and major research project where they acquire fundamental and scientific knowledge skills on animal and human behavioural neurosciences. Altogether the B-track prepares students for a scientific career in the behavioural neuroscience field.

    Bachelor-Master connections: Life Science and Technology, Biology

    The coordinator of the B-track is prof. Anton Scheurink: http://www.rug.nl/staff/a.j.w.scheurink/

  • Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track) (specialisatie)

    The N-track focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie neuronal development, function and communication.

    Investigating these molecular and cellular pathways contributes to understanding the neuronal basis of cognition and behaviour and is essential for the development of strategies to detect, treat or even prevent neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases. Courses in the N-track cover the anatomy of the nervous system, neurotransmission and transduction cascades, neurophysiology, stem cell biology, protein homeostasis and quality control, neuropathology, neuropharmacology and neuroinflammation. Students engage in diverse research projects that range from basic research in simple model systems to translational studies in clinical departments but ultimately share a common interest in addressing neuroscience-related research questions at the molecular and cellular level. Altogether, the N-track master prepares students for a future research career in the molecular neurosciences.

    Bachelor-Master connections: (Molecular) Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences and Technology.

    The coordinator of the N-track is dr. Liesbeth Veenhoff http://www.rug.nl/staff/l.m.veenhoff/

  • Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling (C-track) (specialisatie)

    The C-track focuses on cognitive processes and their implementation through neural mechanisms at the systems-level.

    By characterizing and modelling the functional and neural implementation of cognitive processes, a fundamental understanding of both the workings of the healthy brain and mind can be achieved, and of how cognitive functioning breaks down in case of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Courses in the C-track offer knowledge and hands-on training in advanced statistical analyses, EEG and fMRI methods, cognitive modelling, and cognitive neuropsychiatry. In addition, students execute two research projects in which they can pursue and develop their interests and research skills. Altogether, training in the C-track prepares students for a PhD position in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

    Bachelor-Master connections: Bachelor programs that teach knowledge and skills in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. For instance, Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Human Movement Sciences.

    The coordinator of the C-track is dr. Mark Nieuwenstein, https://www.rug.nl/staff/m.r.nieuwenstein/

Opbouw programma

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

For the complete curriculum, please see: http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fse/vak/showpos?opleiding=4566

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

For the complete curriculum, please see: http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fse/vak/showpos?opleiding=4566

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Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Waarom in Groningen?
  • Excellent research facilities including University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Neuro-Imaging Center and Centre for Life Sciences
  • More than 75% enrolment in PhD projects after graduation
  • Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Higher Education Guide 2017)
  • Integrated teaching by top researchers from three faculties in small groups
  • Students collaborate in stable cohorts during the 2 years
  • Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Keuzegids Masters 2017)
  • Excellent research facilities including University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), NeuroImaging Center and Centre for Life Sciences
  • More than 75% enrolment in PhD projects after graduation
  • Integrated teaching by top researchers from three faculties in small groups
  • Students collaborate in stable cohorts during the 2 years
  • Testimonial van

    See what our students have to say about BCN

  • Testimonial van 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.

    Sluiten
    – Udo Böhm
  • Testimonial van Celina Pütz

    The perfect programme for a career in academia

    I chose the BCN Research Master because it is interdisciplinary and full of opportunities. I am part of a research team for one semester every year, in which I can focus solely on gaining skills and first-hand experience in conducting research. I enjoy having a say in the process, whilst being taught by researchers themselves during both the research internship and the preceding courses.

    I have the chance to develop my skills in whichever direction I want them to go. But it is not only the research experiences I gain; BCN is more than just a Master's degree programme. It is a community of students and researchers who meet for social events and exchange experiences during the courses and internships. You never feel alone or lost in your work, and there is always someone to help you out if you are stuck. Everyone interacts on a first-name basis, and thanks to the small number of study groups, everyone is fully included in the programme and its process. It’s the perfect programme for someone that wants to start a career in academia, or is thinking about doing so. For me, it convinced me that academia is the direction I want to go, and thanks to BCN, the whole world is open for me after I graduate!

    Sluiten
    – Celina Pütz
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