Brain and Cognition
We are transported to an imaginary world when we read a story merely by looking at black marks on a white sheet of paper. We can rapidly decide if an animal is a cat or a dog, even though we have never seen the particular animal before. When something in our environment appears to be threatening, we automatically focus on its movement and shape rather than on its colour and other details.
Memory, language, categorisation and emotion are all cognitive functions. Sophisticated and theoretically motivated experimental studies can enable a better understanding of the way the brain operates while executing these functions.
The human brain has an immense capacity to process information and represent the outside world. As psychologists who study this field we ask critical questions. An example of such a critical question is: how are the various brain structures involved in processing emotions, actions, language and concepts? By combining biological and cognitive perspectives on brain functioning we can try to answer this question.
In a unique learning environment, you will examine cognitive and emotional processes in the brain. You will gain theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills to tackle questions with regard to brain functioning and cognitive emotional processes. The training includes current theories and advanced research methodology, such as behavioural tasks, eye tracking, EEG, fMRI and advanced statistics.
You are eligible for admission to the Master’s program if you have obtained a Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree in Psychology from a research university. You are also expected to have obtained at least:
- 15 ECTS in courses related to the preferred field of your specialisation;
- At least 15 ECTS in statistics courses and at least basic SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) skills. You are expected to be familiar with the following statistical techniques (and be able to apply them in SPSS): descriptive statistics, correlation, hypothesis testing, between-subjects versus within-subjects designs, multiple regression, 1-factor and 2-factor ANOVA, repeated measures-ANOVA, MANOVA, GLM, psychometrics, non-parametric testing.
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A good command of English is essential.
You might be exempted from presenting the proof of English proficiency if:
- You hold a bachelor diploma from a university in the Netherlands; or
- You hold a pre-university education (VWO) diploma and English was one of the subjects included in the assessment conferring that diploma and graded a 7.0 or higher; or
- You are a native speaker of English (i.e. a national of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America) and you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in English for at least 2,5 years in one of the above countries and/or
- You have obtained a diploma of International Baccalaureate (valid for 5 years) and/or
- You have obtained your diploma of higher education in English (the entire programme) in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States of America.
- We usually deem the level of English Bachelor programmes at West European or Scandinavian universities sufficient for exemption as well.
- Please mind that in case you believe that you qualify for exemption you need to present a proof thereof. If you have obtained your diploma of higher education in English we need to see a written proof of it in the form of either a passage in the diploma, grade list, or a letter from the university stating that the language of instruction was English for the entire programme.
In addition to the credentials mentioned above, the Admissions Board will also take into account your academic performance, i.e. your grades. Please note that there is no minimum score or average grade mentioned; your application will be assessed against the pool of applicants of the given year.
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The Psychology curriculum consists of a series of modules or courses. Every course covers one specific psychological theme. All of the activities that you will undertake during this course, i.e. lectures, tutorials, practical meetings and assignments, are related to this theme. The Master’s program consists of three courses in which you will study the topics of the specialisation of Brain and Cognition and one course in statistics.
In the second semester, from February onwards, you will conduct an empirical study and write your Master’s thesis.
Scholarships & funding
There are scholarships and grants for two groups:
1. Students from abroad, who wish to study at EUR or are already doing so;
2. Students studying at EUR, wishing to go abroad for a while during or after their current study program.
Request information to learn more about the available scholarship opportunities and to find out if you qualify.
The Brain and Cognition specialisation prepares you for a successful career in academia or industry. Graduates of our programme have found positions in academia, both in the Netherlands and abroad (e.g. the UK or Australia), as well as in industry and in administration, working as, for instance, policy advisors.
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