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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
EUR 2143 per year
How you will study
International course fees
EUR 16630 per year
Translate neuroscientific insights into practical applications
How can you translate insights from neuroscience into clinical psychiatric practice and, in turn, into something that a patient can understand? What are the implications of neurotechnologies such as Deep Brain Stimulation and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for our understanding of self and personal identity? What sort of explanation do neuroscientists provide? When is neuroscientific evidence admissible in the court of law?
The Philosophy of Neuroscience specialisation of the two-year Master's in Philosophy is unique in several ways. It's one of the few programmes to combine neuroscience and philosophy. It's genuinely translational: you'll study not only the theories but also what they mean in terms of practical skills and training. And it has a special focus on psychiatry and mental illness. You'll reflect on the philosophical foundations of neuroscience, engage with the broader implications of neuroscientific research, and become a better scientist as a result.
Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty's Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. To be considered for admission to the Master's programme Philosophy of Neuroscience (PNS) you must meet the following requirements:
English language requirements
You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. You can apply online without having the test results, but in case you haven't taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:
Exemptions from providing the English test scores are applicable to students, who:
The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
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