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MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience (Research Master)


Course Description

Overview

Studying the cognitive and neural basis for diverse brain functions such as perception, action, language, attention and memory.

Thanks to advanced brain-imaging techniques, scientists are now able to observe the human brain in action. Cognitive neuroscientists therefore no longer have to rely solely on patients with brain damage to ascertain which parts of the brains are involved in which tasks and functions. They can now conduct targeted experiments on healthy persons. As a result, the discipline has gained tremendous momentum over the past twenty years.

This research Master’s programme is open to students with Bachelor’s degrees in Linguistics, Physics, Biology, Medicine, Mathematics, Behavioural Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or a related discipline. It offers an in-depth theoretical background by internationally renowned scientists in the first year. The second year is dedicated to elaborate practical training in setting up, conducting and reporting research in cognitive neuroscience. A large majority of our graduates gain a PhD position, while other graduates find jobs in the commercial sector or at research institutes.

Why study Cognitive Neuroscience at Radboud University?

- This Master’s programme is located within the world-renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, located on the campus of the Radboud University, with a research staff of over 500 scientists.

- Nijmegen is one of the foremost centres of cognitive neuroscience in the world. Hundreds of scientists from various faculties and top institutes have joined forces on the Radboud University campus. Besides the Donders Institute there is the Radboud university medical centre and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Their researchers work together very closely, exchange expertise and share state-of-the-art research equipment to unravel the workings of the human brain.

- This competitive programme provides a sound balance of theory and practice. Our selective approach guarantees excellence, especially during the research training period.

- The Radboud University campus holds a large array of state-of-the-art equipment, like labs with fMRI, MEG, EEG and eye-tracking equipment. Master’s students are free to use these, enabling you to do any type of research in this field you’d want to.

- The programme has its own, student-driven, scientific journal; based on the Stanford Exchange: Proceeding of the Master’s Programme Cognitive Neuroscience.

Specialisations

The research Master’s programme offers four specialisations that coincide with the research themes of the Donders Institute:
- Language and Communication
Studies the acquisition, understanding and production of language, and their biological underpinning.

- Perception, Action and Control
Studies basic sensorimotor aspects as well as the cognitive, contextual and social components of perception-action coupling.

- Plasticity and Memory
Studies the mechanistic underpinnings and behavioural consequences of long-term changes in neural structure and function.

- Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication
Studies the interaction between and within groups of neurons, and with the outside world

Quality label

This programme was recently rated number one in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2015 (Guide to Master's programmes).

Our approach to this field

We have deliberately created a high admission threshold to ensure that all our students are highly motivated and have the ability to work at an advanced level. All applications are screened individually to make sure the new students meet our stringent entry criteria and help maintain the current standards of excellence.

- Multidisciplinary
Once admitted to the programme, you can expect to be trained as a multidisciplinary scientist. We offer a multi-disciplinary programme that closely involves scientists from various faculties and research institutes on campus, who come from all over the world. Their research has gained national and international recognition for its high quality. In the Master’s programme you’ll attend lectures by these top scientists. They will also supervise your practical training and the writing of a Master’s thesis in the second year.

The research you’ll become a part of addresses cross-disciplinary challenges. Besides studying the basic topics of your specialisation, you may also choose to help improve brain-computer interfaces, a hot topic with applications in medicine and information technology. Apart from being very exciting, it’s also logical that various disciplines are merging.

Our research in this field

A unique multi-disciplinary Master’s programme
Are you interested in the human brain? Would you like to conduct research into the workings of the brain and join an enthusiastic, international group of top researchers? Radboud University offers a multi-faculty Master’s programme in Cognitive Neuroscience. The programme takes two years and is of course of a scientific orientation. There is a strong emphasis on experimental research. After all, what counts is hands-on research experience. This Master’s programme is unique in Europe.

The Master’s programme in Cognitive Neuroscience is primarily focussed on training you as a researcher and if possible, a top researcher, because research institutes and businesses around the world desperately need highly qualified and motivated young researchers. Moreover, since cognitive neuroscience is a rather young discipline, much in this field has not yet been explored. There are many challenging questions that need to be answered. So there is plenty of room for new discoveries!

This competitive programme provides a sound balance of theory and practice. We enrol about 50 students per year. Our selective approach guarantees excellence, especially during the research training period.

Career prospects

This Master's programme will give you the qualifications you need to go on to get a PhD position. About 80-90% of our graduates take on a PhD project in Nijmegen or in other parts of the world. Others find jobs in the commercial sector or in research institutes.

Each year there are, on average, about 12 PhD positions available at the graduate schools Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience (DGCN) and the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS).

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/cns

Visit the MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience (Research Master) page on the Radboud University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Cheng-hua Bai

Whenever I tell people that I studied in Nijmegen, I am always as impressed and surprised that people have heard of this city as people heard of my home country Taiwan. Before telling you my valuable experience about studying the Research Master’s in Cognitive Neuroscience (CNS) at Radboud University, let me first tell you the story how I got there all the way from the Far Far Away.

During my undergraduate study, I was fortunate to be an exchange student for one full year at Leiden University. I enjoyed the international academic atmosphere and that experience encouraged me to come back to Europe for a Master’s study. I found Radboud University via the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, which is THE PLACE for people who are interested in Human mind and Language like me.
In the first year, I received the Radboud Scholarship Programme which was largely the reason why I could afford to study abroad; in addition, I was an assistant at the MPI where I had the opportunity to work closely with Dutch students. In the second year, I received a Huygens Scholarship from the Dutch government.

Meanwhile, I started a one-year internship at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.
CNS is a two-year research Master’s which is tailor-made for students who are interested in research. Half of the curriculum contains general topics in cognitive neuroscience while the another half is specific to one of the three tracks in the programme. In the second year, it is required to conduct a complete research project. The project can be determined by your interest, or any existing in cooperation with other researchers. This will bring you practical skills for doing scientific research based on the theoretical knowledge and other skills you have acquired previously. If you are interested in doing research, the solid training in CNS programme is something which you definitely do not want to miss.

The language of instruction is all in English in this programme and the students are coming from different corners of the world. The learning environment is stimulating and the cooperation between institutes makes a multidisciplinary CNS study possible and exciting. International students who shared a similar interest and those who traveled for this interest could consequently understand each other well and be in good company. My stay in Nijmegen did not only teach me about cognitive neuroscience, but also about life itself and most importantly about myself.

(Student Profile)

Nestor Zaragoza Jimenez

“I wanted to study the entire brain and I found Radboud University’s multidisciplinary approach makes that possible. For every problem I faced in my research, I always found someone right on campus with the knowledge to help. Even researchers outside my team took the time to talk to me. I found it almost shocking how the principal investigator interacted with me; he was really interested in what I had to say. Every idea was valid. In Mexico there is more hierarchy. I learned about the power of collaboration: you need to share knowledge to gain more knowledge. Even when I leave Nijmegen, I will not lose the network I made.

Almost everyone here is interested in each other’s research. They ask questions that help me see my research in a new light.”

(Student Profile)

Jasper Poort

'Hands-on research experience with state of the art methods'
Jasper Poort is an alumnus of the Master's Programme in Cognitive Neuroscience. He specialised in Perception and Action.

"In the first year of the programme you're busy with the courses of your specialisation, the common and the choice courses. This will give you a broad understanding of the field of cognitive neuroscience as well as the opportunity to specialise in the direction you choose. One thing I like in particular about the courses is that there is plenty of room for active participation. Instead of presenting information as facts, a great deal of discussion and reasoning goes on in which you are expected to take part. The courses are not limited to the things we think we know, but outstanding questions and controversial subjects are also pointed out.

In the second year I did my internship at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in a project that made use of MEG to find out more about the coupling of brain areas during the performance of a motor task. It is a real privilege to get hands-on research experience with state of the art methods in a place where people with lots of expertise surround you. I'm currently a PhD student at the Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences in Amsterdam studying visual attention. I feel that the Master's programme is an excellent preparation for doing research: it offers both a thorough theoretical background in the different disciplines of cognitive neuroscience and the practical skills and methods you will need."


(Scholarship)

Radboud Scholarship Programme - 20+ Awards

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is very selective and is only intended for talented students who have obtained outstanding study results and are highly motivated to pursue a Master's degree programme at Radboud University. You must have finalized your request for admission via our online application system OSIRIS Incoming Students before 1 April.The scholarship is not paid in money but instead covers the additional non-EEA expenses.
For example: a grant holder in 2017/2018 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,006, instead of €9,432 or €10,360. In addition the Radboud Scholarship also covers costs such as those for visa, residence permit, health insurance and liability insurance. This amounts to about €725.Each year about 30 Radboud Scholarships are awarded to selected talented non-EEA students for the duration of one of the Master's degree programmes *Learn more about other applicable scholarship programmes on the website of Radboud University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue an English-taught Master's degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen.Selection criteria:1. talent: this means that you must have outstanding study results in your present field of study;
2. expected to be a promising students in your desired field of study at Radboud University;
3. proven academic quality and good results of your prior education for example through grades, test scores, publications.
4. quality of the recommendations in the two letters of recommendation;
5. motivation: based on your motivation letter.

Application Procedure

The application for admission and the application for the scholarship is fully integrated, there is no separate procedure for the scholarship. You apply for a Radboud Scholarship by indicating during your application for admission that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two recommendation letters and a curriculum vitae.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/rsp


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Fullbright-Radboud Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Fulbright Center, sponsored by Radboud University, is offering scholarships to excellent American students for study and research purposes at graduate and PhD levels at Radboud University Nijmegen. The Fulbright Center's mission is to promote mutual understanding between Dutch and American citizens by providing financial assistance for study, research and teaching. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of €1050. International travel will be reimbursed up to a maximum of €900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately €350) will be covered as well. An extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival, and can be used to cover the cost of the tuition fee or the costs of settling in. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per program.
Application for 2016-2017 opens on 1 May 2016 and closes on 13 October 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

12 monthly instalments of €1050 + extra allowance for travel and additional costs

Eligibility

For American students.
The Fulbright Centre, sponsored by Radboud University, is offering scholarships for talented American students to study at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

For more information please see the Fulbright website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/masters/fulbright


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Global Education Programme - No. of awards TBC

The Russian government has initiated a new scholarship programme to support Russians studying abroad, the Global Education Programme (GEP). The scholarship opened in September 2014 for Russian students studying abroad on Master's and PhD programmes.The scholarship covers the following costs up to 1,381,000 rubles/year (ca. 22,400 EUR)
• Tuiton fee
• Living expenses
• Books
• Health Insurance
• Travel costsStudents may apply for a maximum of 2 years of scholarship.The Global Education Programme (GEP) will last for 3 years (2014-2016). A total amount of 4.41 billion rubles is available for this period, or 1.47 billion per year. The assumed total number of grantees is at least 718.Students who already receive a scholarship, e.g. from the European Union such as ERANET, Erasmus Mundus or other Master's grants do not qualify.

Value of Scholarship(s)

about 16,000

Eligibility

• Russian citizenship
• Admitted to Radboud University (or another university from the list) in one of the selected disciplines
• Study full time at Master's or PhD level
• Ready to return to Russia upon completion of their studies and to obtain employment in accordance with the qualification gained for a period of 3 years ( you can find a list of employers on the official website of the Programme)

Application Procedure

For more information visit the Global Education Programme's webpage

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/masters/global-education


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Brazil Programme - 10 Awards

Through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme, Dutch higher education institutions offer incentive scholarships to attract highly qualified Brazilians to follow a study programme at Master's level.Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For students from Brazil who study at Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Brazil is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit Nuffic Neso Brazil's website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/brazil


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Mexico Programme - 5 Awards

Through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme, Dutch higher education institutions offer incentive scholarships to attract highly qualified Mexicans to follow a study programme at Master's level. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Mexican students who study at Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Mexico is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit the Nuffic Neso OTS Mexico website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/mexico


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Indonesia Programme - 6 Awards

For Indonesian students, Radboud University offers one Orange Tulip Scholarships which are available for all English-taught Master’s programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Indonesian students who study at a Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia is 1 April.You can find more information about the Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia, and how to apply, on the Nuffic Neso Indonesia website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/indonesia


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - China Programme - 6 Awards

The Orange Tulip Scholarship programme (OTS) was launched by Nuffic Neso China in 2008. The success of the programme relies on the support from not only the Dutch academic sector, but also the Dutch business sector in China. The purpose of this initiative is to offer valuable study opportunities for young Chinese talents to study in the Netherlands through joint contributions from the Dutch higher education institutions and China-based Dutch companies.Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

The Orange Tulip Scholarship China programme is only open to qualified students from Mainland China who study at a Master's level at Radbout University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship China is 1 April.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/china


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Korea Programme - 3 Awards

Nuffic Neso South-Korea launched the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) in January 2010 to provide opportunities for talented Korean students to study in Holland. The scholarship is available for all English-taught Master’s programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Korean students, Radboud University offers three Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship South Korea is 1 April.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/korea


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Russia Programme - 8 Awards

For the first time, Nuffic Neso Russia has launched the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS), a special programme for talented Russian students to study in Holland. It is available for all English-taught Master's programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2016/2017). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Russian students, Radboud University offers eight Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The deadline for applications for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Russia is 1 April. In order to apply for the scholarship, you must have already applied for a Master's programme at Radboud University. In order to receive the scholarship, you must be admitted to a Master's programme.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/russia


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Vietnam Programme - 3 Awards

The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme gives excellent students coming from one of these countries the opportunity to study at Radboud University. Radboud University participates in the OTS programme with several benefits for international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Vietnamese students, Radboud University offers three Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Vietnam is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit Nuffic Neso Vietnam's website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/vietnam


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The Holland Scholarship Programme - 12 Awards

The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University. The HS is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American, Indian and Turkish. All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the HS and amount to € 5,000.-

Value of Scholarship(s)

The scholarship amounts to £ 3.700

Eligibility

The HS is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American, Indian and Turkish. All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the HS.

Application Procedure

You can apply for the Holland Scholarship at Radboud University when you apply for a Master's programme in Osiris. That means that the application for admission and the application for the scholarship are fully integrated.
The application deadline is 1 February. If not all scholarships will be given out, the second deadline is 1 May.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/holland-scholarship



Entry Requirements

• A Bachelor’s degree (from a Dutch university or equivalentthereof) in linguistics, physics, biology, medicine, mathematics, behavioural sciences or a related discipline, with good grades.• A strong motivation• Two academic reference letters.• Please note that a person-to-person interview or a telephone/Skype interview may be a part of the selectionprocedure.• Non-native speakers of English need a TOEFL scoreof at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based),100 (internet-based); an IELTS score of 7.0; a CambridgeCertificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate ofProficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher.

Course Fees

€2,006 (from EEA countries); €10360 (from non-EEA countries)


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