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1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Rotterdam
01 September 2021

Program description

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.

Why study this master programme in Rotterdam?

  • You will gain theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills to tackle questions with regard to brain functioning and cognitive emotional processes;
  • You will work in small groups to solve problems you can encounter in the field;
  • This programme offers an excellent preparation for a career in education, business or research.

Admission requirements

Prior education

Depending on the specialisation you wish to apply for, you are eligible for admission to the programme if you have obtained a relevant bachelor or undergraduate degree (comparable to the Dutch academic level according to the standards of the Dutch Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic)) from a research university. Some examples of relevant bachelor programmes are:

  • Psychology
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Psychobiology
  • Cognition, Language and Communication

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.

We would like to stress that if you are an eligible candidate for the specialisation, there is no guarantee that you can directly obtain your degree. You are responsible for filling the gaps in your knowledge and skills of statistics or the specialisation that you have chosen. 

Language requirements

A good command of English is essential. Therefore you will have to submit proof of English proficiency in your application.

Exemptions

You might be exempted from presenting the proof of English proficiency, please check our website for all of the exceptions.

Academic performance 

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.  

If you would like to know more, please send an information request or click on the institute's web page.


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Program content

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 programme 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. 

Qualification

MSc 

Career opportunities

The Brain and Cognition master track 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.

About this institute

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) is home to a vast diversity of study programs and scientific disciplines: Public Administration, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology and Sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and...


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Phuong Ng
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I am the only international student in the Brain and Cognition track this year, so hopefully my review will be helpful for both Dutch and international students to have a rough idea about the program. The program is entirely in English; however, next year they will have a separate one offered in Dutch as well. We have a class of 10 people and th...
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