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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences at University of Groningen

Are you interested in the neural basis of cognition, the mechanisms of neurodegeneration or the evolution of behaviour?

In this programme, you can study the function and mechanisms of the brain and behaviour from three different perspectives:

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

In these tracks, you will deepen your knowledge of the aims andmethods of your chosen domain (See 'Programme' for moreinfo). In addition, thanks to integrated courses and links betweentracks, you will get a unique opportunity to acquiremulti-disciplinary skills and training in the neurosciences.

The main focus of this Research Master is to train students tobecome independent researchers. For this purpose, a large portionof the programme is devoted to two research projects (in total 70ECTS) in which the students are embedded in research groups toconduct their own experiments. Students are encouraged to performone of these research projects abroad.

The BCN Research Master is one of the best Neuroscience masterprogrammes of the Netherlands (Dutch Higher Education Guide 2017 -Keuzegids Masters 2017).

Admission to the programme is selective, based on theapplicant's academic credentials and motivation (See'Admission and application' for details).

Are you interested in the neural basis of cognition, the mechanisms of neurodegeneration or the evolution of behaviour?

In this programme, you can study the function and mechanisms of the brain and behaviour from three different perspectives:

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

In these tracks, you will deepen your knowledge of the aims andmethods of your chosen domain (See 'Programme' for moreinfo). In addition, thanks to integrated courses and links betweentracks, you will get a unique opportunity to acquiremulti-disciplinary skills and training in the neurosciences.

The main focus of this Research Master is to train students tobecome independent researchers. For this purpose, a large portionof the programme is devoted to two research projects (in total 70ECTS) in which the students are embedded in research groups toconduct their own experiments. Students are encouraged to performone of these research projects abroad.

The BCN Research Master is one of the best Neuroscience masterprogrammes of the Netherlands (Dutch Higher Education Guide 2017 -Keuzegids Masters 2017).

Admission to the programme is selective, based on theapplicant's academic credentials and motivation (See'Admission and application' for details).

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate of this programme, you can work as a researcher,both in the academic world and other fields. Because of theirmulti-disciplinary training, graduates of this degree positivelydistinguish themselves: you can easily grasp the bigger picture andare able to familiarize yourself with new fields and methodologiesquickly.

As a graduate of this programme, you can work as a researcher,both in the academic world and other fields. Because of theirmulti-disciplinary training, graduates of this degree positivelydistinguish themselves: you can easily grasp the bigger picture andare able to familiarise yourself with new fields and methodologiesquickly.

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

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Admission to this programme is selective. A limited number ofstudents can be accepted. Successful applicants are scientificallyand academically driven, and have high grades in relevant courses,demonstrated interest (e.g. research experience) in behavioural andcognitive neurosciences, and good oral and written communicationskills.

Application deadlines are listed below. Since applications areevaluated on a rolling basis until May 1, you do not have to waituntil the application deadline to apply.

Make sure to read the MSc Application Procedure at: https://www.rug.nl/(...)amme/admissions/msc/for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

Please visit https://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirementsfor all the necessary information about required language tests.Additional assessment of language proficiency might be part of theadmission procedure.

previous education

A Bachelor's degree in the Life Sciences, (Molecular) Biology,Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, Psychology or relatedprogrammes. The Admissions Board determines whether the content of the previous degree programme meets the admission requirements.

written request

Please make sure that your motivation letter addresses the following points:

  • Motivation for the BCN Research Master
  • Preferred track and motivation for this track
  • Discuss your previous relevant coursework and/or researchexperience
  • Future career goals

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

English proficiency at VWO level is required.

previous education

A Bachelor's degree in the Life Sciences, (Molecular) Biology,Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, Psychology or relatedprogrammes. The Admissions Board determines whether the content of the previous degree programme meets the admission requirements.

reference letter

Please provide us with the names of two qualified referees,preferably the supervisor of your BSc thesis.

written request

Please make sure that your motivation letter addresses the following points:

  • Motivation for the BCN Research Master
  • Preferred track and motivation for this track
  • Discuss your previous relevant coursework and/or researchexperience
  • Future career goals
other admission requirements

The BCN researchmaster is a selective MSc programme. After youhave registered in www.studielink.nl, your application will bepassed on to the Admissions Board of the programme. Students willbe informed about the decision of the Admission Board before 1June.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

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    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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