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First Year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

Experimentation I: Programming Psychological Experiments 5
Designing an Empirical Study 5
Applied Multivariate Data Analysis - Mini Courses in Statistics 10
Experimentation II: Neuroscientific Research Methods 5
Scientific Writing 5

Track specific compulsory coursework

Cognitive Neuroscience of Action Control 5
Social Cognitive Neuroscience 5
Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory 5
Cognitive Neuroscience of Language 5

Recommended track-specific electives

Choose 10EC.

Cognitive Aging 5
Human Error at Work 5
Decision Making: Theory and Practice 5
Neuromodulation 5

Second Year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory courses

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

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For the timetables please consult the course descriptions.

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.


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 choose 10 EC to further specialize in their area of interest and prepare for their thesis. Modules should be chosen in consultation with their supervisor for their master’s thesis. This involves modules offered in the professional master programme (MSc) of this or in other (research) master programmes of Psychology.

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.

Purchasing study material

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