Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience

Maastricht University

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The Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience comprises six specialisations in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, mental illness and drug development.

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
The Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience gives students a solid education in the leading theories, models, techniques, and analytic methods that form the basis for state-of-the-art research in the fields of neuroscience and psychology.

In addition to this broad interdisciplinary training, students receive a comprehensive education in one of the five specialisations Cognitive Neuroscience, Drug Development and Neurohealth, Fundamental Neuroscience, Neuropsychology or Psychopathology.

The selective programme has a strong international orientation and is designed for students who wish to pursue a research-oriented career in psychology, neuroscience, drug development or a related field. Each specialisation can admit 20 to 25 students each year. Students will enjoy close interaction with staff, including a personal mentor, to promote their development as a scientist.

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Distinguishing aspects of the programme are its small-scale, group-based education, allowing for close interaction with both the teaching staff and other highly motivated students, and its attractive mix of theoretical and practical training.


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1e jaar The curriculum includes theoretical core courses, workshops and skills trainings. the core courses form the basis of the chosen specialisation, providing you with a state-of -the-art overview of the most important theories, models, techniques and analytic methods in the relevant domains. you can follow a course from one of the other specialisations or participate in a faculty research project as an elective.
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Introduction to Molecular and Biochemical Techniques
5 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Advanced Statistics I
3 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Introduction to Psychology
5 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Medical Needs & Failures, Target Discovery
5 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Auditory and Higer Order Language Processing
4 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Perception and Attention
4 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Advanced Statistics I
3 EC
Neuroeconomics - Mathematical Research Tools
6.5 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Molecular and Biochemical Techniques
5 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Introduction to Psychology
5 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Advanced Statistics I
3 EC
Neuropsychology - Brain Damage
4 EC
Neuropsychology - Behavioural Disorders
4 EC
Neuropsychology - Advanced Statistics I
3 EC
Psychopathology - Anxiety Disorders
4 EC
Psychopathology - Mood Disorders
4 EC
Psychopathology - Advanced Statistics I
3 EC
Neuroeconomics - Psychology meets Neuroscience meets Economics
4 EC
Neuroeconomics - Advanced Statistics I
3 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Neuroanatomy
5 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Big Data in Drug Discovery and Development
4 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Drug Discovery
5 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Biopsychological Neuroscience
4 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Neuroimaging: Functional MRI
4 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Sensory and Motor Systems
4 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Neurodegeneration
4 EC
Neuropsychology - Arousal and Attention
4 EC
Neuropsychology - Ageing
4 EC
Psychopathology - Stress and Trauma
4 EC
Neuroeconomics - Microeconomics
6.5 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Safety & Drug Metabolism
4 EC
Psychopathology - Bodily Distress Disorders
4 EC
Neuroeconomics - Methods of Deactivation
1 EC
Neuroeconomics - Noninvasive Magnetic Brain Stimulation (TMS)
4 EC
Neuropsychology - Biopsychology
4 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Noninvasive Brain Stimulations
4 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Methods of Deactivation
1 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Neurological Neuroscience
5 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Surgery for Intractable Movement and Psychology
1 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Valorisation
2 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Advanced Statistics II
3 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Clinical Development
4 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Registration and Pharmacovigilance
4 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Neuroplasticy and Pain
5 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Advanced Statistics II
3 EC
Neuropsychology - Advanced Statistics II
3 EC
Neuroeconomics - Functional Brain Imaging in Neuroeconomics
4 EC
Neuroeconomics - Social Neuroscience
4 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Advanced Statistics II
3 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Advanced FMRI
4 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Real Time fMRI and Neurofeedback
1 EC
Neuroeconomics - Advanced Statistics II
3 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Neuroimmunology and Inflammation
5 EC
Neuropsychology - Executive Control
3 EC
Psychopathology - Developmental Psychopathology
4 EC
Psychopathology - Eating Disorders
4 EC
Psychopathology - Advanced Statistics II
3 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Commercializing Science and Technology
2 EC
Psychopathology - Psychiatric Epidemiology
1 EC
Neuroeconomics - Microeconomics II
6.5 EC
Neuropsychology - Stress, the Brain and Depression
4 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Neuropsychopharmacology
3 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Psychopharmacology
1 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Psychiatric Neuroscience
5 EC
Neuropsychology - Neuropsychiatric Disorders
3 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Functional Brain Imaging
2 EC
Neuropsychology - Functional Brain Imaging
2 EC
Neuroeconomics - Timing Neural Processing with EEG and MEG
4 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Timing Neural Processing with EEG and MEG
4 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Basic Mathematical Methods
2 EC
Psychopathology - Psychosis
4 EC
Psychopathology - Functional Brain Imaging
2 EC
Psychopathology - The Application of Coginitve Methods in Psychopathology Research
1 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Translational Neuroscience and Beyond
4 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Personalised Healthcare
4 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Biomedical Imaging
2 EC
Neuropsychology - Neuropsychopharmacology
3 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Psychiatric Epidemiology
1 EC
Neuropsychology - Psychiatric Epidemiology
1 EC
Neuropsychology - Psychopharmacology
1 EC
Neuroeconomics - Experimental Economics Methods
4 EC
Psychopathology - Mental Health and Happiness
3 EC
Psychopathology - Psychopharmacology
1 EC
2e jaar The second ear of the programme is largely dedicated to the master's research internship and thesis. In some specialisations, students may also complete a clinical research internship and a minor thesis.
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Applied Therapeutics
3 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Memorising Experiences and Experiencing Memory
4 EC
Research Grant Writing Course
3 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Molecular Genetics
1 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Laboratory Animal Science
3 EC
Neuropsychology - Brain, Learning and Memory
3 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Signal Analysis
2 EC
Psychopathology - Personality Disorders
4 EC
Neuropsychology - Cognitive Development
3 EC
Neuropsychology - Neuropsychological Assessment in Children
1 EC
Neuroeconomics - Behavioural Economics
6 EC
Drug Development and Neurohealth - Reserach Internship and Thesis
50 EC
Cognitive Neuroscience - Research Internship and Thesis stage
50 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Behavioural Tests and Models
1 EC
Neuroeconomics - Research Internship and Thesis stage
50 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Research Internship and Thesis stage
50 EC
Psychopathology - Clinical Internship (20EC) or Research Internship (30EC or 50EC) stage
20 EC
Neuropsychology - Clinical Internship (20EC) or Research Internship (30EC or 50EC) stage
20 EC
Fundamental Neuroscience - Electrophysiology: From Single Cell Activity to 'Cognitive' Markers
4 EC


specialisatie Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognitive Neuroscience aims at understanding the neural basis of human cognition, perception and behaviour, using the most advanced non-invasive brain imaging techniques (including fMRI, TMS, EEG).

In this specialisation students acquire a unique combination of in-depth methodological and theoretical knowledge to optimally use brain imaging techniques and unravel how the 'working' brain creates a conscious mind.

Students receive extensive hands-on training in all aspects of neuroimaging research, including experimental design, recording and manipulating brain activation and advanced data analysis. This methodological approach is combined with theoretical knowledge on human behaviour and cognition, including auditory and visual perception, sensation and action, attention, language, reading and dyslexia, consciousness and brain-computer interface.

specialisatie Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology focuses on brain-behaviour interactions in understanding cognitive and affective processes from normal to disordered function, using state-of-the-art clinical and neuroimaging methods.

The Neuropsychology specialisation offers an integrated curriculum that includes most aspects of basic and applied neuroscience. Under the guidance of a multidisciplinary team of mainly
psychologists , psychiatrists and psychopharmacologists as well as biologists, you will learn to use state-of-the art clinical and neuroimaging
techniques (like EEG and fMRI) and biopsychological laboratoryfacilities.

specialisatie Psychopathology

The specialisation in Psychopathology provides students with the theoretical background and clinical insights necessary for future research in the various fields related to mental health.

Interactive core seminars cover biopsychosocial theories and state-of-the-art research on epidemiology, genetics, and psychological and neurobiological mechanisms. These concepts are crucial in understanding the onset, course, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders throughout the life cycle. In addition to the coverage of specific disorders, attention is paid to positive psychology and to broader issues and controversies, such as gender and cultural differences, the validity of experimental and animal models of psychopathology, and gene-environment interactions.

specialisatie Fundamental Neuroscience

The specialisation in Fundamental Neuroscience provides students with both the theoretical background and practical experience of researchers at the interface between biology and psychology.

Compared to other programmes, Fundamental Neuroscience not only offers formal education in brain function at a biological and psychological level, but adds to this interdisciplinary cross-integration in a neuroscience context with single brain cells as a starting point. Consequently, the focus is on
acquiring the molecular biological, neuroanatomical,immunocytochemical, electrophysiological,and behavioural techniques necessary for preclinical basic research. As such, access to
state-of-the-art laboratories is available, including microscopy, molecular biology, and biochemistry
laboratories for tissue processing, cell culturing, histochemistry, proteomics, and genomics.

specialisatie Neuroeconomics

Neuroeconomics is a truly interdisciplinary endeavour aiming at understanding human individual and social decision making by investigating their neuronal basis and underlying psychological processes.

Neuroeconomics combines theoretical and empirical research methods and techniques from neuroscience, economics and psychology into a unified approach. The resulting synthesis avoids the shortcomings that may arise from a single perspective approach and aims at an integrative understanding of human decision making, ranging from explaining decisions in complex social situations, like helping strangers, to the very foundations of decision-making: How do we decide when facing different choice options?

specialisatie Drug Development and Neurohealth

This specialisation provides a theoretical background and practical experience in pharmaceutical drug research & development, medicinal nutrition and personalised Healthcare.

The programme covers the process of bringing a new pharmaceutical drug to the market once a lead compound has been identified (drug discovery). It includes pre-clinical research (in-vitro/ in-vivo) and clinical trials (in volunteers and patients) and obtaining marketing authorization. Molecular, biological, neuroanatomical, electrophysiological, and behavioural techniques as well as biomarker development into diagnostics, clinical trial methodology and pharmacovigilance are taught.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet65% zelfstudie
25% theorie
10% praktijk
practicum, internship, lecture, self study, research, tutorial, working group

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2020
wettelijk tarief : € 2143 (€1072 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 16800
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 16800

1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2021
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Excellent graduates from a university bachelor's programme are admissible to the programme. Admission is limited to those with at least a university Bachelor degree, which must be completed before 1 September 2016. The Board of Admissions has not set a minimum GPA as an admission requirement. Although your academic record is an important indicator of your suitability for this programme, the Board of Admissions will base its decision on your total application.

The second stage of the admission procedure entails an individual interview and a 45-minute analytic writing assignment. Interviews with selected candidates will take place in February (first selection round) or in April (second selection round). If you are invited for the interview and you live either in the Netherlands or within a 200 km radius of Maastricht, you will be expected to attend in person. A Skype interview can be arranged if you live further away.

Official test results indicating:

  • a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (internet-based test, test code 7102),
  • a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no component less than 6)
  • Cambridge Proficiency test: CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with grade A, B or C or CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) with grade A, B or C.
  • Exceptions: please visit our website

Admission is limited to those with at least a university bachelor degree, completed before 1 September 2017. The Board of Admissions has not set a minimum GPA as an admission requirement. Although your academic record is an important indicator of your suitability for this programme, the Board of Admissions will base its decision on your total application.

reference letter
Two (academic) references.

A motivation letter (in English) describing your background and motivation for research training in the chosen specialisation (maximum 500 words).

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registration fee

estimated monthly costs

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308kamerhuur in Maastrichtrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1176totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
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Studenten en studentenleven


227 studenten volgen deze opleiding
74% daarvan is vrouw
58 eerstejaars gestart in 2018
78% daarvan is vrouw
16600 studenten aan de Maastricht University
60% daarvan is vrouw
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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Nicole Leibold
The specialisation Fundamental Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary orientated programme, which offers the great opportunity to combine neuroscience with psychology, while the focus remains on the molecular level.

During the last two years of my master's, I acquired important skills: theoretical knowledge and practical experience, which together create the perfect premise for successful future research. For instance, we discussed the possible underlying mechanisms of various psychiatric disorders and we acquired skills in innovative techniques used in neuroscience...
I also like the small group, which guarantees a high educational quality and a personal atmosphere, and I especially appreciate the experienced and motivated staff. For the internship during the second year, I applied for a position at the department of Psychiatry and Psychology to get experienced with human studies. In my project I investigate the role of genetic variants in experimentally induced fear/panic to increase the insight into the pathophysiology of panic disorder. In this internship, I can combine my knowledge of molecular neuroscience with psychiatric and psychological aspects, which helps me to consider experiments in a translational approach. Altogether, this master's specialisation offers many aspects that contribute to an excellent study environment and stimulation of personal development.”

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Wolfgang Scharke
Priceless insights

“Personally, I felt like a protégé taken care of right from the start of the research master's programme, quickly being able to work as a student assistant for my mentor gaining priceless insights into real life science. During my in-house internship, I was able to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan people's brains...

Once I finished with my master's thesis, I presented it at an international conference, where I was representing the programme, helping to organise the student participation. After that, my future was taken care of I started my PhD studies at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience under the supervision of my mentor. The research master's was certainly my crucial step into the neuroscience community, opening up more and more doors along the way.”

Nick Kilian-Hütten (Germany)
Research master's graduate in Cognitive Neuroscience
PhD candidate, Maastricht University

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Elissa Klaassen (Australia)Research master's graduate in NeuropsychologyPhD candidate, Maastricht University

Passion for research

-In my PhD project, I am using fMRI to investigate age-related differences in brain activation associated with learning and memory tasks in young and middle-aged adults. Rather than examining aging effects in isolation, I am also investigating the effects of cognitive fatigue and acute caffeine administration on age-related differences...

I began my studies with a double bachelor's degree majoring in neuroscience, pharmacology, and psychology in Western Australia. Throughout my studies, I discovered that my real interests lay in the area of Neuropsychopharmacology, the overlap between the three disciplines. The research master's further prepared me to do great research in this area and afforded me the opportunity to dedicate a substantial amount of time to my own research project during the internship. Furthermore, although research is my primary passion, in choosing a master's degree I also wanted a course that would give me more insight into the clinical side of neuropsychology. The research master's fulfilled this requirement and also allowed me to gain experience in a clinical setting.”

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Rongqin Yu (China)
International atmosphere

Studying psychopathology at Maastricht University was a challenging but rewarding experience. This programme has many strengths. The well-designed courses are taught by leading experts in their fields and enable you to grasp knowledge at the frontier.

The colloquium series offers opportunities to meet outstanding scholars from other disciplines. The workshops and skill trainings prepare you to be a good researcher or clinician, step by step...
Classmates from different countries share their opinions on a given topic during the interactive core courses. For my research internship, I went to Oxford; my master's thesis formed the basis of a paper I published with my supervisor there. In short, I really enjoyed my study, and I believe that it established a steady foundation for my future research career. My current PhD studies focus on the link between personality and adolescents' peer relationships.

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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience aan de Maastricht University is beoordeeld door 120 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.4 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The purpose of the research master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience is to prepare students to pursue a PhD study.
Graduates in the specialisations Psychopathology and Neuropsychology who complete a clinical minor may also qualify to pursue advanced clinical training. The programme also provides a solid background for careers in a variety of other settings, which may include the following:

  • scientific research and policy functions in research institutes
  • somatic and mental health treatment institutions
  • forensic institutes
  • centres for educational research and counselling
  • insurance providers
  • government agencies
  • pharmaceutical, food, and medical technology industries

On average, more than 90% of our graduates find their desired job or training position within 3-6 months after graduation. The majority (75%) embark on PhD projects at top universities. Another 15% pursue clinical training or are employed in industry.

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