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First Year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

Experimentation I: Programming Psychological Experiments 5
Designing an Empirical Study 5
Experimentation II: Neuroscientific Research Methods 5
Scientific Writing 5
Applied Multivariate Data Analysis (A and B) - Mini-Courses in Statistics 5 and 5

Track-specific compulsory coursework

Cognitive Neuroscience of Action Control 5
Social Cognitive Neuroscience 5
Cognitive Neuroscience of Language 5
Neuromodulation of Cognition 5

Relevant track-specific electives

Overview of all electives from the 1-year-MSc programme Psychology

Human Potential: Theory 5
Introduction to R and Statistical Computing 5
Human Computer Interaction (Psychology) 5
Decision Making: Theory and Practice 5

Profile Brain & Cognition

Overview of electives in profile Brain and Cognition

Second Year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

Analysis of Own Data 5
Presenting Your Research 5
Master Thesis in Researchmaster Psychology 20
Research Internship Psychology 20

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Timetables Masters

Additional information

Programme Description

The track Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on the investigation of the psychological, computational, and neuroscientific bases of human cognition by means of mind and brain research. Our research and teaching is based on the conviction that cognitive processes can only be understood in the context of their function and purpose for action control, that is, for the adaptation of intentional, goal-directed actions to environmental demands. The track has a strong hands-on flavour with numerous practical course modules. Students play a very active role in ongoing behavioural and neuroscientific research.


Research is carried out in a number of specially dedicated laboratories, including electrophysiological and fMRI laboratories for the study of the neurophysiological basis of attention and action control, an infant laboratory for the study of the development of voluntary action, and numerous experimental testing rooms for the study of young and old healthy subjects and patients. Master students within this track are provided with their own laboratory including six testing rooms, dedicated work places for the development of psychological experiments, and a discussion room. Master’s programme – Track Cognitive Neuroscience.


Compulsory coursework

The compulsory coursework consists of advanced training in academic and research skills. The design and placement of these modules is designed in such a way that students can immediately apply their newly acquired skills to their own research project. This methodologically-oriented part of the curriculum consists of 9 modules.

Track coursework

The obligatory coursework (20 EC) consists of two seminars (issue modules) that will provide the opportunity to review and discuss the state-of-the-art and “hot topics” in the Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention and Action Control, and two lab modules that will provide hands-on research experience in these areas

(Track-specific) Electives

Students can further specialize in their area of interest by choosing
20 EC from a wide range of relevant courses offered by other research master specializations and the 1-year MSc program in Psychology.
Students are responsible for verifying whether an elective course fits into their schedule of compulsory coursework. Research master students have access to all extensive courses offered in the 1-year MSc program, and to intensive courses on the condition that there are places available for additional students. Students who wish to take electives outside the Institute of Psychology (or outside Leiden
University) are required to ask approval from the Board of Examiners of the Institute of Psychology.

Purchasing study material

Books are available at a discount via the webshop of the study association Labyrint on presentation of your Labyrint membership pass. Otherwise they can be bought from academic booksellers.