Research MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience - Neuropsychology
About This Masters Degree
The brain is the most challenging topic to explore if you want to understand behaviour. Its myriad of neurons, dozens of biochemical messengers and infinite neuronal interconnections provide the fascination that attracts many of us to conduct research in this field. Neuropsychology is an ideal interdisciplinary specialisation for studying the brain behaviour relationship.
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 behavioural laboratory facilities.
Research covers a broad range of topics, with a primary focus on understanding cognitive (e.g. memory, perception, attention) and emotional-affective (e.g. mood, motivation, arousal) aspects of human behaviour. Starting from the perspective of brain structure and function, neuropsychology investigates the continuum from normal behaviour to psychological dysfunctions (e.g. depression, addiction and eating disturbances, schizophrenia, ADHD) across the lifespan. In addition, brain-behaviour relationships are studied by pharmacological or dietary manipulation of brain neurochemistry and function, mainly in humans. At Maastricht University, scientists affiliated with the European Graduate School of Neuroscience (EURON) conduct experiments that include the use of psychoactive substances in combination with behavioural, psychophysiological and functional neuroimaging techniques.
Research internships can be performed in all imaginable areas of neuropsychology, worldwide. At Maastricht University, internationally recognized experts offer you a broad range of topics focusing on, for instance; the brain and cognitive affective disorders, cognitive-behavioural and cerebral effects of drugs and foods or on the development and treatment of neuro-psychiatric disorders.
The specialisation provides an excellent basis for you to become a versatile and skilled professional researcher, capable of pursuing a successful career in the Netherlands or abroad. You will become perfectly qualified to pursue a PhD research trajectory or related research positions, whether or not in combination with postgraduate clinical training. The Neuropsychology specialisation also provides you with a solid scientific background for any research or academic policy making position at universities, research institutes or the industry (e.g., pharmaceutical, food, and medical technology companies) as well as for positions in general health care and diagnostic institutes.
Is this programme right for me?
This specialisation is right for you if you are interested in the intricacies of the brain in order to understand normal and abnormal behaviour (from a cognitive-neuropsychological perspective).