Research Master (MSc) in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
The research master’s (Master of Science) programme in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience is a two-year programme that offers fivespecialisations. The fivespecialisations are: Cognitive Neuroscience, Fundamental Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Psychopathology and Neuroeconomics. This interfacultary programme (Psychology; Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Business and Economics) is designed for excellent students who want to continue their studies at a graduate school that prepares them for a career in the field of research. The programme is internationally oriented and all courses are given in English.
Research Master in Cognitiveand Clinical Neuroscience - Specialized in Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience aims at understanding the neural basis of human cognition, perception and behaviour using the most advanced non-invasive brain imaging techniques (including fMRI, fNIRS, TMS, EEG and MEG). In this specialisation students acquire a unique combination of in-depth methodological and theoretical knowledge to optimally use brain imaging techniques and unravel how the ‘working’ brain creates a conscious mind.
Students receive extensive hands-on training in all aspects of neuroimaging research, including experimental design, recording and manipulating brain activation and advanced data analysis. This methodological approach is combined with theoretical knowledge on human behaviour and cognition, including auditory and visual perception, sensation and action, attention, language, reading and dyslexia, consciousness and brain-computer interface.
Students will work within an international and multidisciplinary team that includes psychologists, biologists, physicians, engineers, physicists and computer scientists all member of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center. This centre offers a unique research infrastructure with the newest ultra-high field imaging facilities.
Thanks to the exceptionally rich international network, students have ample opportunities for internships and jobs in cognitive neuroscience and related fields.
In sum, this specialization provides an optimal basis for a career in fundamental brain research (how does our brain work), the biomedical industry (what are the needs in developing new devices), as well as for using neuroimaging techniques in applied/clinical research settings.
The purpose of the research master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience is to prepare students to pursue a PhD study. Graduates in the specialisations Psychopathology and Neuropsychology who complete a clinical minor may also qualify to pursue advanced clinical training. The programme also provides a solid background for careers in a variety of other settings, which may include the following:
•scientific research and policy functions in research institutes
•somatic and mental health treatment institutions
•centres for educational research and counselling
•provincial and national government
•pharmaceutical, food, and medical technology industries
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