Cognitive Neuropsychology (Research) (Master Degree)

the Netherlands

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The award
Master Degree

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2143 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
EUR 7410 per year

All study options

About Cognitive Neuropsychology (Research) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

How do you look for a friend in a crowd? How do you study while listening to a song of your favorite band? What is your brain actually doing when you are engaged in such activities? And what happens when the brain is damaged, such as in the case of dementia?

This two-year Research Master's programme operates on the cutting edge between cognitive psychology and clinical neuropsychology. While cognitive psychology is geared towards general theories of human functioning, clinical neuropsychology focusses on individual patients with brain damage. Understanding their condition can often provide new insights into how the human brain works.

Combining these two approaches into one Research Master's programme is unique in the Netherlands.

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 awardMaster DegreeHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2143 per yearInternational course feesEUR 7410 per year

Entry requirements

  • An academic Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence, Biology, Medicine or a closely related subject area. You may apply in the final year of your Bachelor's programme if your degree will be conferred before September 1, when the Master's programme starts. You will also need to provide a provisional record of courses and grades, signed by the university's student administrator.
  • A grade of A- or a GPA of 3.7 for your Bachelor's degree. When assessing your application, the admissions board will focus on the grades you obtained for courses in statistics, research methods and (cognitive) neuroscience, (e.g. cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, biological psychology). In addition, the board pays close attention to evidence of good scientific writing skills, such as a high grade for a final thesis or research report.
  • Proficiency in English. Please take a close look at the language proficiency requirements. This is an intense programme. Reading scientific articles and writing papers will both play a key part and the tempo is high, so your English-language skills, both oral and written, are very important. Also, you will be in close communication with your fellow students, and working with, and for, international companies. If you have completed your education outside Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, an English-language test is compulsory; you will need to submit your score as part of your application. However, if you do not yet have the test result, you may still apply. We advise you to plan a date for the test as soon as possible. These are the minimum test scores for admission to the programme: IELTS (academic): 6.5. TOEFL paper-based test 580. TOEFL internet-based test 92-93. Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C. Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C. VU Amsterdam (the 'Taalloket') offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. You can find more information and register for this test at
  • An active interest in research. This will be indicated by your choice of undergraduate courses, which will show a strong presence of science-oriented courses and skill-oriented practical classes.

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